Introduction

Every day, the success of millions of businesses, large and small, is creating opportunities for families and communities across the country—this is what the American dream is all about. At Google, we see the power of the web working for American businesses, and we believe that with hard work and the help of technology, every business can grow.

People turn to the web to learn, discover, find, and buy things. Being online can have a big impact; it’s where businesses can connect with their customers. In 2017, Google’s search and advertising tools helped generate $283 billion of economic activity for more than 1.5 million businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits in the U.S. This report details Google’s economic impact state-by-state, and features the stories of businesses fueling that growth, creating job opportunities, and transforming their communities.

Also in 2017, we launched Grow with Google, an initiative designed to help create economic opportunities for Americans through free trainings, tools, and events. Drawing on our history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow, Grow with Google aims to give Americans access to Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. You can learn more about these resources at www.google.com/grow

For nearly 20 years, we’ve been proud to help people use technology to turn their creativity and passion into thriving businesses. The impact these businesses have on people’s lives and their communities is what inspires me to come to work every day. We’re committed to continuing to develop products and programs to bring this opportunity to everyone. 

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Coe
President, Google Marketing Solutions, Google