GBGs – New initiative by Google to bring SME’s online

GBG is a community led program represented by local groups (GBG chapters) which organize social gatherings, workshops, online hangouts, larger events and other activities where like-minded business professionals can connect, learn and get inspired on how Google products and web technologies can improve efficiency, productivity and impact overall success of their business.

According to the studies led by Google there are around 30-35 million SMEs in India, out of which about 8 million have the potential to do online business, but only about 400,000 Indian SMEs have a website or some sort of web presence. Google’s target is to get 500,000 SMEs online in about three years.

In another  survey conducted by Google India to identify the challenges SME were facing while going online, it was found that most SME find it tough to make website and find its hosting expensive also.  Considering this Google India started a new initiative under its program ‘India Get Your Business Online’ to help small business houses get free website with free hosting for one year. The initiative, now has 50,000 registered members.

Google is currently looking for new community organizers (aka GBG Managers) to start 30 chapters in the following cities in India: Hyderabad, Kochi, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mysore, Hubli and Dharwad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Madurai, Coimbatore, Agra, Mangalore, Patna, Kochi, Ludhiana, Surat, Bhopal, Kanpur, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Nashik, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam.

To apply for the post of a GBG manager,an application form is to be filled online available at the GBG website  (