Facebook announced that it has teamed up with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to help support the women entrepreneurs’ organization’s mentoring program.
The social network will create an online portal to support women entrepreneurs, which will include best-practice guides, how-to videos, “inspiration from other like-minded business owners” and an “ask-an-expert” function where they can receive advice on creating pages, acquiring customers and building online presences.
Facebook said it will hold a boot-camp webinar to launch the portal and detail its features to women entrepreneurs, and employees from the social network will join the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s mentoring program to work one-on-one with participants and help them boost their small and midsized businesses.
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a release announcing the partnership:
This partnership combines many things Facebook cares about: the power of small businesses to connect to more customers; the power of technology to drive economic growth; and the power of entrepreneurship to help women achieve economic independence. We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women because they, too, are focused on bringing and scaling support to more entrepreneurs around the world.
Cherie Blair added:
Facebook is a natural partner for my foundation. When women are able to become financially independent, this not only transforms their lives for the better, but also positively impacts the lives of their family members and people in their communities.
And Cherie Blair Foundation for Women CEO Sevi Simavi said:
Many of the foundation’s mentees regularly ask for training on using social media and Facebook, so we are enthusiastic about this partnership and the new learning opportunities it will make available to the women we work with.