Facebook Small Business Boost Event

Thursday, March 27, 2014

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline will help kick off a free small business workshop in Providence hosted by Facebook. The workshop is part of Facebook's Small Business Boost tour to provide small business owners guidance and best practices to optimize their presence on the world's largest social network.

"Shoppers are increasingly using the internet to find local businesses, and Facebook and other social media platforms can help connect small businesses to potential customers," said Cicilline. "I am looking forward to Facebook's Small Business Boost workshop in Providence and thank Facebook for bringing their team of experts to Rhode Island to discuss ways small business owners can take advantage of this online resource to advertise, interact with shoppers, and boost sales."

Attendees will also hear first-hand from local businesses and nonprofits that have found success through Facebook. These community representatives will include Rhode Island Food Fights, which hosts local culinary competitions, Adoption Rhode Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding families for children in Rhode Island, Narragansett Beer, a local brewery, and Duck and Bunny, a local restaurant.

Throughout his two terms in Congress, Cicilline has focused heavily on revitalizing small manufacturers and providing new ways for small businesses to expand. As a member of the House Committee on Small Business during his first term in Congress, Cicilline fought hard to ensure that Rhode Island small businesses have the financial resources and technical assistance they need to compete in a global economy. In his second term, he continues to introduce and support legislation aimed at strengthening Rhode Island's economy, including Cicilline' s Make It in America Manufacturing Act - legislation to help small manufacturers retool their facilities and retrain workers with the skills they need to compete for 21st century manufacturing jobs.

Small Businesses and Facebook:

  • There are more than 2 billion connections between local businesses and people who use Facebook.
  • There are more than 25 million small businesses using Facebook to connect with customers.
  • In an average week, there are over 645 million views of, and 13 million comments on, local business Facebook Pages.


DNC Twitter