"There are 1.49 billion people on Facebook, which is half of the estimated three billion people who use the Internet worldwide, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives for Facebook India", Ritesh Mehta said.
    
"That's a compelling audience for a small business who is looking to find new customers, deepen relationships with existing customers and boost sales. More than 1.5 million small businesses in India are already using Facebook Pages to take advantage of this community to grow their customer reach," Mehta added.
    
Helping to advance the government's Digital India and Skills India vision, Facebook’s Small Business Boost program has been designed to arm Indian businesses with the knowledge, skills and technology required to stay innovative and connect with customers at home and abroad, a company statement said.
    
In support of Facebook's Small Business Boost program, Telangana's IT Minister K T Rama Rao will co-host and kick-off the first event here, it further added.
    
At these events, attendees will engage with a broad selection of small business peers and Facebook experts to learn and share their experiences of growing an online business in today's global economy.
    
Hands-on training sessions will include how to effectively use mobile to reach international audiences and boost the brand online, the statement added.

 

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