MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Facebook gained a bunch of new “Likes” in Downtown Miami Thursday with a boot camp-style event set up with the goal of helping small businesses achieve success.

Facebook Fit Miami was in the Design District Thursday morning to help local business owners grow their companies.

The 400-seat room was filled to capacity.

Small business owners, like Sebastian Rusk from Social Buzz TV, attended the boot camp.

Rusk was there to, “better understand exactly what it (Facebook) is doing for small businesses, specifically not only here Miami, but on the platform,” he explained.

Dan Levy, Facebook’s director of small business, was a keynote who delivered vital advice to the attendees.

“Small business owners who are coming here to look at how to get started and form a free Facebook page if they’ve never been on Facebook before, and if you’re really advanced and looking to grow e-commerce, you can learn some of the new tools and techniques we have,” said Levy.

Of the hundreds of people that showed up, most were looking for tips on how to capitalize on one of the world’s most widely used social media platforms to help put money in their pockets.

“I’m looking to try to market better and try to gain clients, how to gain likes, customers, how to keep customers,” said Charissa Humes of As One Creations.

Facebook says it can help small business ownersreach out to new and existing customers in a simple non-intimidating way.

Facebook executives weren’t the only high-profile business leaders in town available to gain key business-savvy knowledge.  Leslie Barber, who works for Intuit, offered her best tip for success.

“Follow your passion and don’t let go of that,” said Barber. “Hang on to everything you have in terms of what drives you but also make sure you understand the business numbers and how are you going to money with your business.”

Facebook says that building a business page is actually very simple. If you use the site for personal use, then you’ll have no problems.

In addition to Miami, the company is offering similar business boot camps in just four other cities across the country.

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