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Business often heats up with the summer weather at a Montgomery computer service store, and this year has been no exception.
“We’re weather-dependent, believe it or not,” said Bob Lloyd, owner of Alabama Computer Associates on Bell Road. “If it’s too hot outside or too cold and rainy, that’s when people stay inside with their computers.”
Most of them also search for area businesses on those computers. According to Google, about 97 percent of all Americans look online for local products and services, but fewer than half of Alabama’s small businesses have any online presence.
Lloyd’s shop is among the 54 percent of state small businesses that have no website. The shop has been open at its current location for three years, and Lloyd said both a professional company and a relative have spent time working to produce a site during that time.
“It’s doubly embarrassing for us because we’re a computer company,” he said.
A lack of resources often stymies small businesses when they try to establish a foothold online, said Davis White who leads the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Resource Center.
“There’s an expense in getting an online presence,” Jones said. “There’s an
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