The American Chamber of Commerce Executives is pleased to introduce Google, the search-engine and technology powerhouse, as its new corporate partner.

And in particular, we look forward to working with a Google program called "Get Your Business Online" (GYBO). This program is an attempt by Google to bring the benefits of the web to the many companies that do not have websites today. Surprisingly, while 97 percent of American Internet users look online for local products and services, 58 percent of U.S. small businesses do not have a website.

The companies that are chamber members usually do have websites. But Google has found that chambers are ideally positioned to tell the entire community about the benefits of being on the web. In a recent nationwide campaign, Google's GYBO team worked with 600 chambers of commerce and found them (and perhaps you) to be extraordinary partners in spreading the news about how important the web is for businesses.

Our friends at Google have told us they are proud to partner with ACCE to provide businesses with an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name, and web hosting for one year for free. Small businesses need to be online because that's where their customers are. Free websites are waiting at

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