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Celebrating Mardi Gras with new digital skills



More than 80 business owners and operators attended the Digital Garage for Mardi Gras 2019 skills training event at the Google office in Sydney today.

The Digital Garage, ahead of this weekend’s Sydney Mardi Gras celebrations, was designed for LGBTQI+ individuals and allies who own or manage a small to medium sized business and wanted to learn new skills to help their business be found online.

Partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association

http://www.sglba.org.au/

, participants heard how to get started with digital marketing and other digital tools, including our free online skills training platform The Digital Garage.

Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP opened the event and spoke about the importance of supporting small business and Mardi Gras.

Photo of Trent Zimmerman MP, Federal Member for North Sydney with Google’s Aisling Finch and SGLBA President, Katherine Maver

Trent Zimmerman MP, Federal Member for North Sydney with Google’s Aisling Finch and SGLBA President, Katherine Maver 

We also heard from Sydney marriage celebrant Stephen Lee - one of more than 290,000 New South Wales businesses that use Google to connect with customers around Australia and the world. Stephen shared how Google has helped his business to be found online.

Photo of panel speakers at the Digital Garage for Mardi Gras 2019 event

At Google, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed online, that’s why we developed The Digital Garage and why we are hosting events for small businesses all around Australia.

This is the second time we've partnered with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association to run a Digital Garage training for the LGBTQI+ community. 

We’re proud to support Mardi Gras through events like today’s and the Mardi Gras Parade Grants Program - happy Mardi Gras!