Google’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, Grow With Google, Comes To Savannah


Last Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Google hosted local Savannah business owners, startups, and job seekers for its Grow with Google event at Service Brewing Company in downtown Savannah. More than 150 participants attended the two digital training sessions, which connected them to resources and training needed to grow their skills, careers and businesses online.

“Grow with Google aims to help create economic opportunities for Americans,” said Stephen Brokaw, Community Engagement Manager for Grow with Google.

The day’s workshops and training focused on topics such as online marketing, introductions to Google’s Search and Maps applications, email basics and search engine optimization as well as 1:1 resume coaching sessions with Google staff.

The Grow with Google initiative began to help create economic opportunity through skills training needed to prepare for work, find a job or grow a business. Savannah was chosen as a stop along the nationwide tour because of its reputation as a regional center for tourism, manufacturing, shipping, education and healthcare as well as its vibrant small business community.

The event was hosted at Service Brewing Co., a veteran-owned and operated local craft brewery. The brewery’s co-founder Kevin Ryan recognizes the importance of Grow with Google’s mission and its potential impact on small businesses in Savannah.

“Service Brewing Company is excited to host Grow with Google’s stop in Savannah. Small businesses like mine increasingly rely on our online presence to expand the reach of our business and bring people to our brewery,” Ryan said. “The skills that are being taught at the Grow With Google event are a great complement to the educational programs and mentoring services SCORE offers to aspiring entrepreneurs and future business leaders in our community,” said Michael Siegel, Chair, Savannah SCORE,

“Grow with Google is an exciting opportunity for Savannah businesses to enhance their digital skills and local search presence,” Manuel Dominguez, Office of Business Opportunity Director, City of Savannah. “The City of Savannah is thrilled to continue an ongoing partnership with Google by offering follow-up webinars at the Savannah Entrepreneurial Center.” “The College of Business Administration at Savannah State University is committed to continuing the mission of Grow with Google by providing our faculty, staff, students and the local community with quality educational resources that will promote their ability to make intellectual contributions and engage in professional relationships that will positively impact their growth and development as community business leaders,” Shetia Butler Lamar, Computer Information Systems Program Coordinator, Savannah State University

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