OLEAN, NY — Without a website, business owners could be missing out on a significant amount of customers. Verisign, an Internet infrastructure service provider, reports that 91 percent of consumers go online when they want to find local goods and services.

In order to help the community learn more about website design, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will host the final presentation in its annual monthly September-April Lunch & Learn Series to cover the basics on website design tomorrow at noon. Brian Loucks and Bob Close, counselors from Buffalo Niagara Score, a chapter of the nationwide small business counseling organization, will be the workshop presenters.

Ted Galantowicz, a certified counselor and workshop co-coordinator of Buffalo Niagara SCORE, noted, “If you don’t have a business website, those potential customers won’t find you. Fortunately, creating a business website is easier than ever. You will learn and create a basic online presence to market your business. Learn how to do it yourself well but inexpensively. Learn what a website should look like. “

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The monthly workshops are held at the GOACC office, 301 N. Union St. Attendance is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Erica Dreher, membership outreach coordinator for the Olean chamber, encourages the community to make reservations but added attendees may also arrive on the day of the event without registering. 

“I think people will hopefully be able to take what they learned from this workshop and make a website they have better or will now be able to have the building blocks to create a good website,” Dreher said. 

Dreher added, “Our events allow our members to have an opportunity to network with other members and learn about new topics they are interested in.” 

For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Chamber by phone at 716-372-4433 or by email, erica@oleanny.com.

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