Albuquerque to participate in Facebook business program

November 9, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico’s largest city are excited about a new program announced by social media giant Facebook to help small businesses grow.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Thursday he’s hopeful the initiative will allow residents to gain more technical skills that will help them thrive in a digital world.

He’s also hopeful the Community Boost program will lead to better job opportunities.

Officials say Albuquerque will be one of the first cities to participate in the program next year. Training on coding, building websites and using the social media site to bolster business will be offered in a total of 30 U.S. cities.

Facebook says more than 70 million small businesses use its service. Only 6 million of them advertise.

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