In the United States, we increasingly rely on technology in our daily activities, whether it’s listening to music, watching a movie, connecting with friends on Facebook or using a mobile app to pay for dinner. For small and medium businesses in particular, technology plays a critical role in helping find customers, accessing new markets, and generating growth. Now, a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Facebook explores how small businesses are using Facebook and other digital platforms to grow, sell and hire. Joining us today is Aneesh Raman, who is the Manager of Facebook Global Economic Impact Programs. He will tell us more about the results of two surveys. One is a national poll of 1,000 small business owners and 50 state-level polls of 100 small businesses in each state as well as national consumer poll of more than 5,000 adults on the perceived benefits of digital platforms on business and employment outcomes.

How social media is being used to grow, hire and trade
How businesses across the entire US are experiencing growth using Facebook
Innovative new ways to meet the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs
Why Facebook is launching a new multi-city program for business owners

SPOKESPERSON BACKGROUND: Raman manages Facebook’s global economic impact programs, which leverage the reach of products that promote economic growth in countries all over the world. Facebook partners with many organizations to train workers and small businesses on how to succeed in a digital economy. Initiatives range from digital skills trainings to marketing boot camps to incubators where students can learn to code. Mr. Raman previously worked in government, including as a Presidential speechwriter. He was an international correspondent for CNN in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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