Facebook comes to town to give small businesses a boost

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EAGER TO LEARN—Felicia Mycyk, co-owner of Ambridge Connection, the only African-American participant in the Facebook Small Business Boost workshop applies tecniques she is learning during the event.  (Photos by Diane Daniels) EAGER TO LEARN—Felicia Mycyk, co-owner of Ambridge Connection, the only African-American participant in the Facebook Small Business Boost workshop applies tecniques she is learning during the event. (Photos by Diane Daniels)

“Small businesses need to use technology more in their operations. The Internet plays an important role in all aspects of business,” explained Congressman Doyle. “Small businesses can gain a competitive edge by using social media like Facebook wisely. The flip side of that coin is that they could get left in the dust if they fail to adapt to technological change and innovative business practices.” A former entrepreneur, the Congressman says he is well aware of the challenges many business owners face in getting their operation up and running; and then growing their company.

Mycyk, based in Ambridge, the owner of a website that connects its viewers to all things local, said information shared during the presentation dealt with ways for Facebook users to best utilize their Facebook Page.

Yount pointed out that the best way to bring people to a business page is by having clear goals for the campaign, having a creative page with interesting content.

“It is good to use a profile picture or business logo as well as pictures,” she said. Inviting people from your e-mail list to like your page, posting useful information and questions to engage users, she said makes a page useful. Her tips are to by authentic, consistent, responsive and to turn successful posts into valuable ads.

Yount also said that promoting your page by advertising to people in your area who are on Facebook is a key way to attract business. According to her statistics, 92 percent of people searching social media for local businesses do it on Facebook. “When they learn about your services or see special offers on Facebook, they are more likely to stop by and shop.”

Founded in February 2004, Facebook is defined as a social networking service. In celebration of their 10 years they have created a tool which allows users to create a movie timeline of their time on Facebook. To do so the link is http://www.Facebook.com/­lookback.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council also played a role in the Facebook Small Business Boost by sharing resources to assist participating entrepreneurs. Headed by Audrey Russo, the membership organization serves as the principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania including, the Advanced Manufacturing / Materials, Green Technology, Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors. Council officials report that the membership consists of entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and growing organizations comprised of businesses whose company or organization has an interest in saving money, building connections and establishing a presence in the region. “The Pittsburgh Technology Council is important to this region,” Congressman Doyle attests.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with Facebook,” acclaimed Russo and pleased to work with Congressman Doyle. “He is committed, very assessable and cares about public policy.

With more than 150 small business owners participating in the event, Facebook officials, the Tec Council and Congressman Doyle considered the workshop a success and have plans to continue the partnership.

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