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FACEBOOK SELECTS EDISON, NJ AS ONE OF 30 MARKETS TO HOST COMMUNITY BOOST PROGRAM
Provides Digital Media Training to Garden State Small Biz, Entrepreneurs & Job Seekers
(Edison, NJ) With National Small Business Week upon us, today Facebook announced it has chosen Edison, New Jersey as one of the 30 markets where the company will host its Community Boost Program.
The event will take place from October 8-9, 2018. It will help small businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers grow their business and develop new digital skills necessary compete in New Jerseys’ new economy. You can learn more about Community Boost here: (https://www.facebook.com/business/news/introducing-facebook-community-boost).
“We’re inspired by what small businesses have been able to do using Facebook, but we want to do more—particularly for those who are transitioning to careers that require more digital skills,” said Doug Frisbie, Global Marketing Director of Small Business for Facebook. “It’s clear that small businesses are using social media to create new opportunities and grow, so we’re bringing this valuable training program to them in Atlanta to help local entrepreneurs learn and prosper.”
Since 2011, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses. But, the company wanted to do more to support local communities across America. Facebook will be visiting 30 U.S. cities in 2018, and Edison – with a storied history of innovation – is one of the selections
Moreover, research conducted by Morning Consult and co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Facebook suggests small businesses’ use of social media is creating new opportunities.
In New Jersey the research found that:
**66% of SMBs surveyed said that Facebook is essential for their business;**72% of those surveyed said that Facebook allows them to find customers in other cities, states and countries;
**88% said they believe an individual’s digital and social media skills are important when hiring.
Below please find a post from Dan Levy, Facebook’s Vice President of Small Businesses.
Dan Levy, VP Small Businesses, Facebook
This is one of the best weeks to celebrate small businesses. It’s National Small Business Week in the U.S. and our team is in Albuquerque, the third stop for Facebook Community Boost. And we are just getting started, as the program is coming to more than 30 cities in the U.S. and around the world. Today, in celebration of the week, we are announcing the next 13 U.S. cities.
Truth is, we are always celebrating small businesses in every part of the world. Every day local business owners are teaching us how to make Facebook a better place to grow their companies. And we take that feedback to heart. Facebook’s Community Boost program is being built based on insights from the community so we can provide free resources to help local business owners grow companies and help job seekers feel more prepared.
We want to be the platform that local businesses and the community can count on. And the stories we hear inspire us to do better. Nadia Martinez is a military spouse who launched Kallie and Co, a sustainable shoe business, out of her laundry room using Facebook. Nadia’s company now supports 20 artisans with fair labor in Mexico, employs a team of military spouses throughout the country, plus donates shoes to women in need in the U.S and Africa. Nicole Dawn, an engineer by trade, started Rescued Furnishings, a DIY furniture rehabbing business as a side hustle. When Nicole and her husband Brandt launched the business they did two things – got a business license and then started a Facebook page. Since opening, they’ve grown sales from a few thousand dollars to 1 million dollars a year, hired 11 people and is a staple in the St. Louis community.
It is an honor to stand with the more than 80 million small businesses that use our platform to run their companies and in turn help communities flourish. Please continue to share your thoughts at facebook.com/communityboostwhere you can also get the latest on the program.
Thank you for making us part of our journey.