Today President Obama proclaimed\u00a0this "National Small Business Week." \u00a0In honor of small businesses, the Google.com search engine homepage here in the United States has a message, "Here\u2019s to the dreamers, doers, shakers, and makers. Happy Small Business Week." But more than just a message on its homepage, Google announced today it has created a Google Small Business Community, and also a special Google Helpouts page for small businesses to find services they need. Google Business Community The Google Business Community is open to the public (pictured above). \u00a0 \u00a0It's actually been in "soft launch" phase but this is the official big launch. \u00a0As of this writing, it has over 8,000 members. It's set up as a community on Google's social network, Google+. \u00a0Anyone can join, provided you have signed up for a\u00a0Google+ profile. \u00a0On it you can connect with other small business owners. \u00a0A\u00a0lot of business owners and entrepreneurs who are joining\u00a0 are introducing themselves on the Community page. Hint: \u00a0when you introduce yourself on the Google Business Community, use the\u00a0#SmallBusinessWeek hashtag this week, as well as other hashtags like #SmallBusiness. \u00a0Using hashtags increases your networking, so that others looking for similar information can search on those hashtags on Google+ and potentially\u00a0find your update and your business. \u00a0A few other suggested hashtags for Google+ include: \u00a0#SmallBusinessMarketing, #Startup, #SmallBusinessTips, #SupportSmallBusiness and #SmallBusinessOwners. \u00a0Google+ automatically assigns hashtags, but there's no reason not to include one or two relevant ones manually. After\u00a0Small Business Week is over, look for the Google Business Community to be a source of business\u00a0resources and information. \u00a0Googler Jade Wang writes\u00a0on the official "Google and Your Business Blog": "After this week, the Google Small Business Community will continue providing information and inspiration. Daily posts, weekly trainings and regular Hangout series will be based directly on what you want to learn. And a team of trusted Advisors and Googlers with digital expertise will always be around to answer your questions." Helpouts: One on One Consultations With Experts Google also announced that it created a Helpouts page specifically for Small Businesses. Helpouts are live one-on-one video calls that you make over your computer, to get help from someone else who has expertise. \u00a0You will need a Web cam or front-facing camera on your computer, laptop or tablet to use\u00a0the service. \u00a0Google provides the platform for holding the video calls, and for connecting with Experts. Participants use the Google Wallet shopping cart service to pay for any paid sessions if a fee is involved. Helpouts offer consultations on such topics as\u00a0WordPress, YouTube strategies, website reviews, computer repair advice, QuickBooks and bookkeeping\u00a0-- any topic\u00a0where you might need expert guidance for your business. Some Helpouts are free, but some you pay for. \u00a0Rates vary. The prices are established\u00a0by the person giving the expertise. \u00a0Some charge literally by the minute, such as $1.50 per minute for pay-per-click advice. \u00a0Others charge a flat fee, such as $25 for a half hour sales consultation. The\u00a0Helpouts interface is well designed. \u00a0For instance, it's very clear from the Helpout listings whether a fee is charged or whether the session will be\u00a0free. \u00a0That way you won't get surprised. Also, you get to see the expert's expertise before you choose. \u00a0You can see the person's background, qualifications and reviews that\u00a0others have left about that person. The\u00a0Expert's availability for\u00a0Helpouts\u00a0is\u00a0listed. \u00a0This is an efficient timesaver, because you don't have to email back and forth to schedule\u00a0a session. \u00a0Sometimes a Helpout is available immediately, or sometimes it has to\u00a0be scheduled in advance -- but it's all right there. \u00a0There's a built-in scheduling calendar that makes it efficient and easy. \u00a0See image above. This week in honor of #SmallBusinessWeek, Google is offering $20 toward a one-on-one live video Helpout session for those who join the Business Community mentioned above.\u00a0 The special offer is posted right on the Community page, under the section "About this community."