In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Google is working to keep people safe, informed and connected. Supporting small-business owners is a critical part of our response. In this unprecedented moment, we feel a great responsibility to help people take care of themselves and their communities. Here are some of the ways in which we're trying to help:
$800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response
Google has made an $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses, health organisations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. This includes ad credits, nonprofit grants and other financial support for small-business owners.
A website with tools and resources for small-business owners
This site is dedicated to helping small businesses navigate these challenging times. It includes tips on keeping your customers informed, adjusting your advertising, adapting to changes in customer behaviour and running your business remotely.
Google's premium video meetings are now free for everyone.
Google Meet, Google's video meeting solution, is a virtual meeting space for people to securely connect, communicate and collaborate. It helps millions of people stay connected, whether it's colleagues working at home, doctors caring for patients, banks providing loans or schools staying in session. In April 2020, Google announced that Meet would be free and available to everyone until 30 September 2020, including free access to advanced features like large meetings, live streaming and meeting recording for all Google Workspace customers.
Google Domains is waiving restoration fees for all top-level domains
To support small-business owners and entrepreneurs, Google Domains is waiving restoration fees for all top-level domains. These fees vary in cost (often $100) and are normally charged when you want to restore your domain if it's been deleted in the last 30 days or expired within the last 30–60 days. We're waiving these fees on all domains until 31 December 2020.
These are just some of the ways in which we're trying to help small-business owners take care of themselves and their communities.