Google: 60% of small businesses in Minnesota don't have a website

Those numbers have Google pushing to connect those businesses to potential customer by offering up free web workshops. So far, more than 900 businesses attended the first workshop held in St. Paul this month.
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Those numbers have Google pushing to connect those businesses to potential customer by offering up free web workshops. So far, more than 900 businesses attended the first workshop held in St. Paul this month.

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