SmallBizRocket Gets California Small Business Online
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Jimdo, the DIY website creator, launches SmallBizRocket (www.smallbizrocket.com) in cooperation with Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout California to get all of the state’s growing 3 million small and medium-sized businesses onto the web with their own site.
“Despite the increasing number of searches on the web for products, services, and local businesses, 62 percent(1) of California’s small businesses still don’t have a website. SmallBizRocket is changing that by simplifying the process of obtaining a site,” says Dan Ripke, SBDC Regional Director.
Small business owners who sign up for the project will get a free year of JimdoPro, which includes a domain name, email account, online store, customizable templates, Jimdo’s award-winning website building tool, and premium support from Jimdo’s customer service team in San Francisco. Jimdo’s intuitive interface allows for the creation of websites and online stores without knowledge of code. Websites may be updated online from any computer, and all changes are in real time.
SmallBizRocket gives businesses the jump-start, support, and education they need to succeed on the web. As part of the initiative, select SBDC locations will be offering seminars, conferences, and consultations. Jimdo will host events and webinars focusing on how small businesses can successfully utilize web-based technology.
(1) Google, 2012
Jimdo-Pages to the People (www.jimdo.com) was founded in February 2007 by three young entrepreneurs – Christian Springub, Fridtjof Detzner, and Matthias Henze. Jimdo enables anyone – no technical knowledge required – to get a website online, complete with blog, photo galleries, video, online store, and social media integration. Funding from industry leaders like the Samwer brothers (CityDeal/Groupon, Facebook, LinkedIn), allowed Jimdo to scale quickly, and it is now available in 11 languages. In June 2012, the 6,000,000th Jimdo site went online. Follow us on Twitter @jimdo.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate. Local SBDCs provide comprehensive and expert guidance on issues such as start-up basics, financing, business and marketing plan development, procurement and government contracting.