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Duncan wins a national eTown award from Google

Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder accepts Duncan’s E-town award from Chris O’Neill, managing director of Google Canada in Ottawa last month. - courtesy Google
Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder accepts Duncan’s E-town award from Chris O’Neill, managing director of Google Canada in Ottawa last month.
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Duncan is among just five Canadian cities who've won a Google eTown award for using the the firm's services and other internet products to grow their business digitally.

Folks from Google visit Totem Town Oct. 17 to present hardware to Mayor Phil Kent and chamber of commerce brass, Google's Andrew Swartz told the News Leader Pictorial.

An eTown presentation was also given to Cowichan MP Jean Crowder in Ottawa last month.

"We looked at the number of businesses using Google AdWords, for the population. We saw a slightly higher than average concentration of AdWords in Duncan."

Numbers of small-business websites that had signed for Google products, plus use of the corporation's Cloud-based programs for business use, were other factors in making Duncan a Google hero.

"It wasn't any one factor but a concentration of things," Swartz said.

"Duncan really stood out to us for its size and use of online tools."

That toolbox will be explained to city business owners during "one-on-one consultations" by Google experts also visiting town next month, he noted.

That will twin an 11 a.m. Oct. 17 official presentation at the Island Savings Centre Heritage Hall. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to chamber@duncancc.bc.ca.

Other eTowns include Moncton, Dorval, Parry Sound, and Canmore.

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