Small businesses in Miami are getting noticed in a big way thanks to a Google-hosted workshop to help Hispanic owners create websites.
The free workshop, the first one hosted by Google, took place Monday at Miami-Dade College and was attended by guest speaker Sen. Marco Rubio.
"We want to make sure that we strengthen business and we get businesses online, we help them grow," Google's head of U.S. Hispanic Audience Sales Mark Lopez said. "We walk you through a step-by-step, simplified process and you can get a free domain for a year."
New Business owner Katheren Fuentes was learning how to set up her new website "securityvisioncorp.com" as she's expanding her Venezuela-based business.
"We are new in the country, we just moved months ago, and we are trying to putting business here, so it's hard to start with nothing," Fuentes said.
Rubio met with small business owners who can now tap into strategic markets online.
"One of the greatest impediments small businesses face is getting access to technology, broadening their markets, especially in South Florida, we have such a huge international market into the western hemisphere and Latin America," Rubio said.
Rodrigo Moreno hopes to do less legwork once he his photography business, called "Business in 360," takes off online.
"We actually go out and try to reach people in the businesses so we hope people will reach us in a way that we can promote our business in a different manner," Moreno said.
Right now, more than half of small businesses owned by Hispanics in Florida aren't online.
"I think there's been an understanding that it's too complex and it's difficult and we want to make it easier," Lopez said.
Business owners can go to www.gybo.com/espanol for more information.