Facebook to host free workshop for small businesses

In recognition of African American History Month, Facebook, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce will host a Boost Your Business seminar at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston. The seminar is free to the public and aims to teach small business owners how to optimize their presence and engage customers on the world’s largest social network.

The seminar will kick off with welcoming remarks from U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and will be followed by a presentation from a Facebook small business expert on the latest Facebook best practices and strategies for success. A question-and-answer session will follow, featuring a panel of local small business people that will share their Facebook tips, tricks and suggestions. The Charleston small businesses participating on the panel are Black Southern Belle, BoldandSassy Hair Desighn, Charleston Gourmet Burgers and Larger than Life Events.

There are more than 65 million businesses worldwide using Facebook to connect with customers, and about 8 in 10 Facebook users are connected to at least one small business in their network.

The seminar is free. For information and to register, visit boostcharleston.splashthat.com.