The effort could earn Google some goodwill in the city at a time when lawmakers at both the local and federal front have pushed for stronger antitrust enforcement against the company and fellow tech giants Amazon, Apple and Facebook.
Angela Pinsky, a senior government affairs manager for Google, said the program fits within its Grow With Google campaign for small businesses.
“As an organization, we are trying to figure out how we can be most helpful to these small businesses that are quickly pivoting online,” Pinsky said.
The company is reaching out to city agencies, chambers of commerce and business improvement districts to find applicants, she said.
Google said it will pay the COOP graduates $20 per hour for the length of the program, which includes 30 hours of training on Shopify and Google products.
Shopify—an Ontario-based company with a market cap of more than $100 billion—is not otherwise involved