Facebook coming to Indianapolis as part of campaign to boost workers’ digital skills

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Facebook is coming to Indianapolis to help small business owners hone their digital skills.

The social media giant will bring its Community Boost program to the Circle City in October as part of a national tour. The company recently pledged to train 1 million U.S. business owners and workers so they’ll have the tech skills needed to compete in the ever-evolving workplace.

Facebook wants to visit 50 cities by the end of the year, and Indy is one of nine newly announced stops for the program. The Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 training session will feature workshops for small businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers.

Here’s the list of newly added sessions:

  • New Orleans, LA – August 7th-9th
  • Seattle, WA – October 15th-17th
  • Indianapolis, IN – October 18th-19th
  • Redmond, OR – October 23rd-24th
  • Baltimore, MD – November 12th-13th
  • Charlotte, NC – November 28th-29th
  • Springfield, IL – December 3rd-4th
  • Little Rock, AR – December 11th-12th
  • Miami, FL – December 18th-20th

Participants will learn the ins and outs of digital platforms like Facebook and Instagram to grow their profile and forge a deeper connection with their communities.

Facebook said 62% of small businesses consider having digital or social media skills an important factor in their hiring decisions—even more important than where a job seeker went to school.

The company developed Community Boost based on feedback from small businesses, which asked Facebook to spend some time helping workers sharpen their digital skills.

You can learn more about Facebook Community Boost at this website.