Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kansas City Get Your Business Online with Google Happening NOW

Today marks the first day of Kansas City Get Your Business Online, a forum for local small businesses and entrepreneurs to better understand and learn how to effectively use the Internet for their business ventures. At the event, Google experts are sitting down with Kansas City entrepreneurs to teach search engine optimization, Google Places, Google Adwords, building and running a website, and much more.

This morning, Kansas City Get Your Business Online brought together both the KCMO and the KCK mayors (Sly James and Joe Reardon) as they spoke about the city's giant opportunity to innovate on the Google Fiber network.  Of the 1,100 cities that applied to be the first city in the nation with a fiber network, Kansas City was chosen due to its growing tech base and entrepreneurial vibrancy.

In addition, the attendees of Kansas City Get Your Business Online had the chance to listen to the team of Burns-McDonnell, an extremely successful engineering firm in Kansas City.  In 1898, Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell themselves chose Kansas City, MO as their original base of operations because it was growing quickly and it had the most potential.  Burns and McDonnell chose correctly: Since then, the firm has grown to fill three office buildings with more than 2,200 employee-owners.  We like to think that Kansas City is back to that fast-paced lifestyle with the implementation of new tech advances like Google Fiber. 

Because OfficePort, the host of Get Your Business Online, is a friendly neighbor of bizperc and Think Big Partners, the Kansas City coworking space invited us to check out the event. Of course, we snapped a few pictures:

Day 2 of Kansas City Get Your Business Online starts tomorrow. Sorry, guys; the event has already reached capacity. However, feel free to come by and talk with Google product experts one-on-one in the online expo area.

Written by Allison Way

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