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Workshop today in Collinsville for Facebook for Business

COLLINSVILLE – The Collinsville Chamber of Commerce and Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis will cohost a session today offering Facebook’s Small Business Boost.

The event is designed to teach small-business owners in the Collinsville area how to optimize their presence on the world’s largest social network.

“As more people shop online and search for business information on the Internet, Facebook has become more important, especially for small businesses,” said Shimkus, R-Collinsville. “I use it to reach my constituents, and I’m sure local businesses will want to learn more at this upcoming workshop in Collinsville.”

“Small-business owners have both limited time and resources, so they need to be armed with the tools that will enable them to maximize both, especially in this 21st century economy,” said Davis, R-Taylorville. “The most effective way for our office to communicate with our constituents is through Facebook, it’s truly changed the way government and politics operates forever. This workshop will show area business owners how to harness the capabilities of Facebook to get the most bang for their buck and easily interact with current and potential customers alike.”

The event will also feature a small business panel, four small business owners from the Collinsville region who, having found success on Facebook, will share their own tips, tricks and suggestions. The small businesses on the panel are Maryville Boxing, bike and outdoor equipment store the Bike Surgeon, Castaways Consignment store, and healthy meal prep company Prep, Freeze, Cook.

This event is part of the Facebook Small Business team’s swing through Illinois this summer, which also includes stops in Rockford and Peoria.

The event is Gateway Convention Center (Ballroom C), 1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville, with check in/networking at 1:30 p.m. and the program from 2 to 3:30.

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