During my usual Sunday browsing of some favorite websites I came across a few articles about entrepreneurs being supported by Google. The first article drew my attention because the area in which the support was being provided was the Gulf region where hurricane Katrina had made a visit and left a devastating mess.
Understanding that entrepreneurs often find it difficult get the kind financial support afforded to big business and some small businesses (via SBA loans), I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Google is active in supporting Crescent City (New Orleans) entrepreneurs.
Here’s an excerpt from that article:
Almost seven years later, I find myself amazed at the recovery and revitalization of the entire region, specifically in New Orleans. The city has come to embody a spirit of perseverance and evolved into a model for economic and community redevelopment. In 2010, Google provided $102 million of economic activity for Louisiana businesses, website publishers and nonprofits—and there’s still more work to do. Read more here!
The second article also involved Google but the entrepreneurs being supported are women entrepreneurs who are operating in what would have been a very unlikely place a decade or two ago. That place is India! In the Web Pro News article “Google Launches Program For Women Entrepreneurs”, the sub-heading read, “Females In India Get A New Voice”, and my reaction was kind of a this-is-great-news-let-me-read-more one. So I was sure that this kind of news would be of interest to you.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Google can now add a launching pad for female entrepreneurs to their long list of accomplishments. As reported today on their blog, they recently began a program called Women Entrepreneurs On The Web, or WEOW. The program was created specifically to help women in India find a voice and…read more here!
Entrepreneurs – a group in which I include independent contractors, sole proprietors, small business men/women, artists, musicians and some commission sales people – have been going it alone for a long time without a lot of needed support (mostly financial, but affordable healthcare and retirement plans must be mentioned also) and to know that one of the most influencial companies on the Web (and one with the largest Web presence) is doing something about entrepreneurial support is reassuring.
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