The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention and Facebook hosted a joint seminar for Tampa Bay-based small businesses today at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. The free seminar, which was attended by members of the Host Committee’s Small Business Network, focused on social network marketing and featured experts from Facebook’s “Small Business Boost” team. The team taught small business owners how to effectively build a Facebook page, engage customers by creating dynamic content and reach beyond current fan bases to find new, potential customers. In addition, attendees will each receive $50 in Facebook advertising credits.
“All eyes will be on Tampa Bay this August, and we want to give our small businesses every opportunity to promote themselves to delegates, media and other guests who will be in town for the week-long event,” said Host Committee President & CEO Ken Jones. “With more than 800 million users, Facebook is the perfect social networking platform for small businesses to utilize to attract more attention to their products and services.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Facebook to host this seminar for Tampa Bay’s small business community,” said Host Committee Chief Operating Officer Matt Becker. “With the Republican National Convention less than two months away, this seminar will help to give small businesses in our region a marketing jumpstart just in time for the Convention.”
Since the beginning of the year, the Host Committee has offered several networking and seminar opportunities for the members of its Small Business Network, in addition to today’s recent event with Facebook.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and investing in their success is important for all of us,” said Facebook Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions Grady Burnett. “We want to give businesses a boost by helping them to use the power of our site to meet new customers and deepen their relationships with the customers they already have.”
Facebook has participated in nearly 20 similar events since October 2011, as part of its Small Business Boost partnership with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.
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