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ASU SBTDC to hold LinkedIn seminar

September 20, 2010 --  The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is offering a “LinkedIn Fundamentals: Grow Your Professional Network” seminar  Thursday, January 13, from 1-4 p.m. to show business professionals the basics needed to put LinkedIn to work for their organizations.  The seminar will be held in Room 110, ASU Delta Center for Economic Development building, 319 University Loop West on the ASU campus in Jonesboro.

The workshop instructor is Abbi Siler with Local2Socia. She is a professional social media consultant who helps businesses get the most out of social media sites like LinkedIn. 

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social media network with over 80 million members and allows connection with trusted professionals to exchange information, ideas and locate potential customers.

“For the ASU SBTDC, LinkedIn has been a very effective tool to help us locate other professionals in the local business community,  find customers for our consulting assistance programs and to market our workshops directly to interested business owners who will get the most out of the training,” said Herb Lawrence, center director for the ASU SBTDC. 

“LinkedIn can work for your business as well.  But, LinkedIn is like any other social media network--you have to work at it to get the results. No social media network is a silver bullet that will bring thousands of customers just because you sign up.  Social media networks require time and commitment, but the return on investment can be well worth the effort, especially with LinkedIn.”

Cost is $40 per person, $30 for Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce members and members of the Downtown Jonesboro Association and $20 for ASU faculty, staff and students.   Register for this workshop by calling the ASU SBTDC (870) 972-3517, e-mail your registration to or on-line and

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