Social networking giant Facebook will hold its Community Boost program at the Greenville ONE Center on May 29 through June 1.
The program, announced in November by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, aims to provide the nation’s small businesses and workers with the digital skills they need to “compete in the new mobile economy.” Greenville was one of the first five cities chosen to host the program. By the end of this year, 30 other cities across the country will have hosted similar events, according to a news release.
Registration is now open online for the free event.
“We are excited that Greenville will be one of the first cities to host Facebook’s Community Boost event. I look forward to working with the Facebook team to help residents develop stronger digital skills, train people how to safely use the internet, and help local businesses and nonprofits operate more successfully online,” Greenville Mayor Knox White said in a statement.
The upcoming program will offer training to business owners to help them expand their digital footprint and find new customers “around the corner and around the globe,” according to the release. It will also provide training on digital literacy and online safety.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
As of November, Facebook said it had invested more than $1 billion since 2011 in training, technology, tools, support, and research to help people and small businesses.
A recent report — released by Morning Consult in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center and Facebook — found that small businesses create an estimated 4 out of every 5 new jobs in the United States and that small businesses’ digital usage translates into those jobs.
In South Carolina, 46 percent of small businesses on Facebook said the social media platform is an essential tool for running their business, and that it has helped them hire employees. Sixty-two percent said Facebook allows them to find customers in other cities, states, and countries. And 79 percent said that an individual’s digital and social media skills are an important consideration when hiring, more than where they went to school.
“The fact that Facebook has chosen Greenville as one of the first cities to offer its new Community Boost is something that all of South Carolina can be proud of. We see new businesses come to our state and existing ones expand here every day, making it as important as ever that our people are trained and ready to do any job they’re asked to do. The work Facebook will be doing in Greenville is important for the future prosperity of South Carolina, and we look forward to working with them,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement.
For more information, visit newsroom.fb.com.