EDISON, NJ - Facebook hosted its Community Boost on October 8 and 9 at the Pines Manor. Facebook's Community Boost program is designed to help small businesses grow and better compete in today's new economy. The program includes training for job seekers and small businesses looking to strengthen their digital skills. The event was open to the public and all participants had the opportunity to sit in sample courses including:

  • Building community with groups

  • Connecting with local shoppers

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  • Finding new customers with Facebook

  • Getting creative with your mobile phone

  • Getting started with Facebook

  • Growing your business internationally

  • Growing your non-profit with Facebook

  • Instagram 101: a beginner’s guide for business

  • Instagram 201: getting business done

  • Instagram stories school

  • Supplier diversity at Facebook

  • Taking Facebook ads to the next level

The event was introduced “to advise entrepreneurs on how to get started and to help existing local businesses and nonprofits get the most out of the internet” stated organizers. A panel of local small business owners, which included Bradford and Bryan Manning from Two Blind Brothers  and Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano from Charleston Gourmet Burger Company, kicked off the conversation. Also present at the event were Senator Patrick Diegnan, Jr., and Joe Kelly, Governor Murphy’s deputy chief of staff.

“Facebook has been very useful as far as how easy it is to handle with knowing the target audience and things of that nature. That's been pretty helpful in getting the insight and analytics on how your ad is doing, “ said Kawana Jacocks, an attendee at the event from WriteOne Resumes.  Arlene Eckert, a consultant, explained “even if you don’t need the specific workshops, you can get individual questions answered. It’s an amazing free event.”