As CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to wrap up his personal trip through the United States, Facebook reported that the organization will begin its own 30-city tour in 2018 to meet with entrepreneurs.
Called Facebook Community Boost, Facebook wants to bring a variety of in-person training projects to each of the 30 urban city areas. A blog post by Facebook’s Vice President of Small Business, Dan Levy, noted that the program will target four unique gatherings of individuals: entrepreneurs, business owners, job searchers, and the individuals who are keen on “digital literacy and online safety ” training.
“There is no question that people have concerns about the direction some things are going in, and we feel a very deep responsibility to contribute positively and to help build community,” Zuckerberg told USA Today. “That’s why we shifted the mission toward this. That’s why we are building a lot of products that help people build community. This announcement fits into that as well.”
Facebook has offered training through the website Facebook For Business and an online program called Blueprint for a considerable length of time. But this new initiative will be its first visit to instruct entrepreneurs and potential publicists face to face. Facebook said entrepreneurs proposed the idea. The urban communities include Houston, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Des Moines and Greenville, South Carolina. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in an announcement on Thursday he was appreciative for Facebook picking Houston as one of the 30 cities.
“Facebook is proud that 40 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are growing their business and hiring more people because they’ve used the platform. Our teams want to invest more to help the other 60 percent of businesses add more jobs,” Levy said.
As of now, more than 70 million independent ventures have a Facebook page. A portion of the current Facebook programs that Levy referred to as focusing on private companies and employment seekers incorporate Boost Your Business, a one-day in-person preparation program that Facebook says has helped to prepare more than 60,000 independent companies in the U.S., and Blueprint, an e-learning stage that shows members how to better market to the Facebook community.