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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Speaks at Facebook Event for Small Businesses

Earlier today, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel made a special guest appearance at Facebook Fit Chicago, the third stop on a five-city tour of boot camp-style events designed to help SMBs grow their businesses. Mayor Emanuel spoke to the sold-out crowd of local businesses.

“Facebook Fit is about helping small businesses grow and learn from other SMB owners,” said Dan Levy, Facebook’s director of small business. “Having Mayor Emanuel, a huge advocate for Chicago small businesses, speak to the audience was an inspiring addition to the day.”

More than 600 local small businesses attended Facebook Fit throughout the day. Also in attendance were the leaders of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, whose 22nd Annual Convention kicks off in Chicago tonight, as well as other local chamber of commerce organizations.

Small Businesses at Facebook Fit Chicago enjoyed a main-stage session emceed by digital lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong that featured a keynote from Facebook’s Dan Levy, followed by a panel of local small business owners moderated by best-selling author Rhonda Abrams. Later, attendees had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions led by Facebook and Facebook Fit partners Intuit QuickBooks, LegalZoom and Square.

A b-roll package with footage of the event and shot list is below.

The Facebook Fit program continues in Austin, TX on July 24 and Menlo Park, Calif. on Aug. 5.

B-roll Shot List

0:00 – Facebook event
0:03 – Line of attendees
0:09 – Emcee Mario Armstrong
0:16 – Facebook’s director of small business, Dan Levy
0:24 – Panel with local small businesses moderated by best-selling author Rhonda Abrams
0:27 – Crowd shots
0:42 – Facebook counter where attendees could receive 1:1 counsel
0:47 – Square counter where attendees could receive 1:1 counsel
0:52 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel meeting with Facebook staff
0:56 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel taking a photo with Facebook’s Dan Levy and emcee Mario Armstrong
0:59 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel taking a photo with small business owners
1:03 – Sound bites from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speech

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