Google Adds New Features to Bolster Local Businesses Covid-19 Recovery

Last week, Google announced it was releasing a whole host of new or updated features in an effort to support local businesses’ recovery after Covid-19.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, given how reactive Google My Business has been throughout the entire Covid-19 pandemic — including the temporary restriction of features such as reviews and Q&A, providing new attributes like ‘curbside delivery’, and incorporating integrations with sites like GoFundMe.

Arguably though, this is Google’s biggest response to the real-world consequences on local brick-and-mortar stores presented by Covid-19 yet.

On Wednesday, June 17, Google released its ‘Helping businesses and nonprofits recover’ resources. So, what were the main headlines?

International Small Business Week

First and foremost it looks like we ought to wish you a very happy Small Business Week!

Along with the introduction of new features, Google also announced it was declaring the week of June 22nd to June 27th as International Small Business Week:

Helping businesses and organizations recover is the first topic we’ll explore. Today we’re sharing updates for small businesses ahead of a Google-wide initiative, International Small Business Week, taking place June 22-27. This is a week dedicated to celebrating small businesses when we’ll share tips, trainings and products to help them get back on their feet.

Google didn’t go into a huge amount of detail about what this week might entail, but…

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