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Small Businesses Moving to Facebook

OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - If you're a small business owner wanting to give your business a boost, you may want to turn to social media.

Otis Grill in Otis Orchards started a Facebook page back in December of 2009. They're a family owned restaurant well known in their community, but like most businesses, want to branch out and find new customers.

Shannon Baker is a server at Otis Grill. She had the idea to start a Facebook page for fun, and didn't realize the affect it would have on the restaurant. She says getting fans had a slow start at first, but after advertising their facebook page two weeks ago at the restaurant, the number of fans jumped to nearly 600.

"When people become aware of it, I think they're just going to keep becoming our fans, and hopefully come and give us a try," said Baker.

Originally their target audience was Spokane, but they now have fans in Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Hong Kong and India.

According to Facebook, there are more than 400 million active Facebook users. As many as 50% of users log on everyday, and have an average of 130 fans each. People spend over 500 billion minutes a month on Facebook.

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