SOURCE: MerchantCircle

MerchantCircle

May 21, 2010 17:46 ET

MerchantCircle Announces Local Merchant Engagement Event Tour

Building Upon Successful Northern California Event, Nation's Largest Business Social Network Stages National Tour to Engage Community Merchants and Provide Social Media Marketing Workshops

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -  MerchantCircle, the largest social network of local business owners in America, today announced that it will commence a series of state by state local merchant engagement events to bring together the hundreds of MerchantCircle members in select communities throughout America. Following on the heels of the inaugural Northern California MerchantCircle Appreciation Event in early May in Los Gatos, CA, the company plans to host an occasion for members to network while providing valuable workshops to learn the latest marketing tools available through MerchantCircle.

The events were developed as a way to encourage community merchants who network online through the MerchantCircle network to come together to meet in person and discuss local business issues in their area and leverage best practices from one another.

At each event, MerchantCircle will showcase a local community leader who will act as a featured co-host and share their story with attendees. MerchantCircle members and guests will gain additional insight into new products and services along with discussion of hot topics in social media, search engine marketing, networking and email. Local business owners who attend should expect to leave with an in-depth understanding of MerchantCircle and its online marketing platform, more local business contacts and inspired by the success of their local community leaders. 

The tour is scheduled to visit Minnesota in June in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where Jason Stevens, owner of Fan Man Lighting will be the featured MerchantCircle member. 

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to host MerchantCircle's visit to my town!" said Mr. Stevens. "MerchantCircle is bringing the best of online social networking and marketing to the little guy. They have provided me the tools to put my business at the top of local online searches on my own. I'm looking forward to introducing them to my fellow area merchants at this summer's event."

Events will follow as scheduled below and new locations and already under discussion. Parties interested in nominating their town for a visit can email events@merchantcircle.com. More detailed event time, dates and locations will be announced in the coming days.

June - Minnesota
Featured Local Business Owner: Jason Stevens of Fan Man Lighting of Burnsville

July - Connecticut
Featured Local Business Owner: Gino Offitelli of ePRO Computer Repair of Southington

August - Southern California (Beverly Hills)
Featured Local Business Owner: Janet Rothstein of J. Rothstein Jewelers of Beverly Hills

September - Virginia
Featured Local Business Owner: Shawnee "Gypsy" Williams of Airbrush Gypsy of Richmond

About MerchantCircle

Founded in 2005, MerchantCircle is the largest social network of local business owners in the nation, combining social networking features with customizable web listings that allow local merchants to attract new customers. More than 20 million MerchantCircle business listings across the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia are easily accessed on major search engines. Currently, 1.3 million merchants actively use the MerchantCircle network to upload pictures, blog, create coupons and newsletters and connect with other merchants. In addition to free services, MerchantCircle offers a portfolio of premium online advertising solutions including search engine marketing and instant website development.

Recognized by JMP Securities as one of the "100 Best Privately Held Internet Companies," MerchantCircle is based in Mountain View, Calif., and funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures and IAC. Learn more at www.merchantcircle.com.

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