A total of 16,000 Tennessee businesses, publishers and nonprofits used Google search and advertising tools to generate $2.63 billion in economic activity, according to a company public relations release.

By using Google products, businesses increased their online presence and were able to grow, bringing more money and jobs into the local economy. This is the 10th year Google has released its Economic Impact Report.

A recent national study by Deloitte found that more than 80% of small businesses surveyed are not fully using online digital tools.

Bob has served in a variety of roles since joining The Daily Times in the 90s. He currently is editor of the business section. When someone gets promoted, retires or gets hired at a new job in Blount County, he's the man to email.

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