American Tech Giant Google Announces Programmes To Support African SMEs. Google announced it had kicked off a series of programmes this month to support the growth and recovery of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Africa’s post-Covid-19 economy and plans to launch a Small Businesses portal.
The Google for Small Business portal had been developed as a one-stop shop for small businesses to get started on the web and grow their digital presence, to help them choose the appropriate tools for online success and the achievement of their business goals, the US-based tech giant said.
Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, Google’s head of brand and reputation for Africa, told Independent Online that, “This portal is all about supporting businesses as they get online. In a competitive business environment, digital technology helps to drive economic growth and job creation, while delivering valuable services to people in Africa.”
Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specialises in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the five Big Tech companies along with Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. Google was founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14% of its shares and control 56% of the stockholder voting power through super-voting stock.
Google was incorporated in California on September 4, 1998. Google was then reincorporated in Delaware on October 22, 2002. In July 2003, Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex. The company became a public company via an initial public offering (IPO) on August 19, 2004. In October 2015, Google reorganised as a subsidiary of a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet’s largest subsidiary and is a holding company for Alphabet’s Internet interests. Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google, replacing Larry Page, who became the CEO of Alphabet.