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Mesa businesses can count on Google

Nowadays we Google just about everything, right?

From where we want to go to dinner to where to shop for that unique present or special artifact, we go straight to the web. The problem is a lot of small mom-and-pop shops don't have that online presence. According to a March 2013 vSplash audit that looked at almost four million websites of small business and found that more than half didn't even have a website. Over a quarter of them couldn't be found online because they didn't even have them ranking on their pages. Almost 95 percent of them did not have a mobile site and likewise didn't have easy listings for their contact or ability to shop online.

Now the city of Mesa is partnering with Google to help their small business owners get recognized online. The campaign is called "Get Your Business Online."

"With Google, we are reaching out to small businesses and Google is offering them one year of free website," said Scott Smith, City of Mesa Mayor.

With the help from the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, business owners will be able to get set up and receive the following benefits:

• Website with unique domain and customizable pages • Access to educational resources • Free web hosting for one year and an option to continue for less than $10 a month after that • Business listings on Google Search, Google+ , Google Maps and phones and tablets

"Everyone knows how wide (Google's) footprint is and to be able to help small and medium businesses get into today's commerce is important," said Smith.

Business owners interested in signing up for the program or need more information can visit startupmesa.org.

Recently, Google ranked the city of Scottsdale as the top eCity in Arizona for its online business presence.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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