Although consumers increasingly use the Internet to search for goods and services, a majority of small businesses in Wisconsin still lack a simple website to help those consumers find them.

“Wisconsin Get Your Business Online” is a program sponsored by Google to help those businesses build a web site, secure a customized domain name for a year and learn more about online marketing — all for free. The Wisconsin Technology Council is among the local partners for the program.

Workshops will be held Oct. 3-4 at the Pritzlaff Building, 143 East St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee. Go to to reserve a spot, or call 1-800-985-3417.

Attendees who don’t have a website or a Google Places listing will find everything they need at the workshops to get started, included web professionals at their side and access to computers for those who need it.

If your business is already online, attendees will find other tools and resources to help their businesses succeed.

Each workshop lasts one hour. Attendees may choose to attend one, two, or all three. Once there, attendees may:

1. Get a free website. Create and publish a website for your business in less than 60 minutes.

2. Learn how to claim and customize a Google Places online listing.

3. Get a free customized domain name and hosting for one year.

4. Learn how to optimize your new website to be found on Google.