Google offers free websites, seminars for small California businesses

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The Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. on September 2, 2011.

Google has proposed a new program called "California, Get Your Business Online" which will hopefully help small businesses in California get online for free.

The company says it wants to knock down the perception that setting up a business website is difficult and expensive. Barely a third of California businesses have an online presence.

But starting now, business owners can go to a special Google website, where they can choose a domain name and get a website template they can tailor to their own needs.

There’s no charge for the first year. After that, it’ll cost $7 a month.

And if you want some in-person help, Google will be running free seminars the week of March 12, in West Hollywood, Irvine, Bakersfield and San Francisco.

You can find out more at

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