LSBDC and partners to host Google seminar

Monday, February 1, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Development Center will work with several area partners to host a seminar on the use of the search engine Google by businesses on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
     Scheduled in Amite at the Tangipahoa Parish Library, 204 N.E. Central Avenue, the seminar, titled “Get Found on Google Search and Maps,” is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
     Co-sponsors of the event include the Amite Chamber of Commerce, Tangipahoa Economic Development, Tangipahoa Parish Library, SCORE Northsore, 5 Stones Media and local Google photographer J.R. Portman.
     Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center, said Google Maps is one of the most popular and regularly used apps in the world, and businesses with complete online listings on Google are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.
     “Since putting your business on Google Maps makes it easier for people to find and connect with your business online, we are looking to help make sure your business information is on the map and is attracting customers,” she said. “In this workshop, our local Google expert will walk participants step-by-step through the process of creating, optimizing and managing a Google business listing.”
     Summers said participants are encouraged to bring a fully charged laptop or mobile device to complete a listing in class. By the end of the class, participants will have a listing set up and ready to connect with online searchers.
     There is no cost to attend the seminar, but pre-registration is encouraged since the workshop comes with free Google swag and is expected to fill up early. Registration is available online at
     For more information contact LSBDC Southeastern at 985-549-3831 or

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