Facebook's latest community push is on-site small business training

11 November, 2017, 18:13 | Author: Leticia Walters
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Four types of trainings were outlined in the blog post: Those for people looking for work, for entrepreneurs, for SMB owners, and for people new to the internet.

Greenville is among the first five cities selected by Facebook for its new Community Boost Program. According to Levy, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses on the social network, and Facebook Community Boost is not the company's first education program. According to the research, 62% percent of USA small businesses using Facebook said having digital or social media skills is an important factor in their hiring decisions - even more important than where a candidate went to school. Facebook will initially visit 30 cities during 2018, including Houston, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Des Moines and Greenville, South Carolina.

The press release said 80 percent of US small and medium-sized businesses on Facebook say the platform helps them connect to people in their local community. It will provide social media training to jobseekers, help entrepreneurs use technology to implement their ideas and show business owners how concepts like the cloud and IoT can unlock new opportunities. Facebook's "Boost Your Business" program has held a number of conferences around the world to teach small business owners about using Facebook's many tools, as well as how to employ advertising best practices and how to be creative with social media posts.

46% say Facebook is an essential tool for running their business.

The announcement is receiving praise from local leaders at a time when they are already working on not just bringing companies to Albuquerque, but helping the businesses born in the city succeed and stay.

Zuckerberg says the effort is not just about Facebook's business but its core mission.

A recent report from Robert Half Technology found that 77% of job candidates lack the digital media skills that businesses need.

In addition to teaching business owners and entrepreneurs the ins and outs of social media, Facebook Community Boost is also targeting job seekers. Also, learn how to use Facebook to create events and groups.

"We are excited that Greenville will be one of the first cities to host Facebook's Community Boost event. The work Facebook will be doing in Greenville is important for the future prosperity of SC, and we look forward to working with them".

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