• News for Economic

    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Full disclosure: I’m a freelancer. I’ve been a part of the gig economy for going on seven years now. I’ve learned a lot in my time working on my own and I wanted to share some insights about the process of getting the best work out of your freelance relationships.   According to Linkedin, in 2018, 70% of small businesses had hired a freelancer at some point. 81% of those who had hired a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Blog, Economic
    Monday, August 05, 2019
    In a recent survey by Daysmart Software, 54% of small business owners admitted to being worried about making enough money. Making money is a common concern because not only does it factor in bringing in enough clients or customers but also ensuring your products or services are priced right and negotiating any cash flow problems.   Small business owners have lots of stressors as they follow ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
    Monday, July 15, 2019
    Buddha said something like, expectation is at the root of all suffering. Whether you subscribe to that theory or not, you can likely agree that client or customer expectations can set the stage for a terrible business review. You see, excellent service doesn’t matter if they expected pizza at your Italian restaurant and it wasn’t there.   Since most customer expectations can be managed before ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Business Blog, Economic
    Monday, July 08, 2019
    Most marketing gurus will tell you all of your social media and blog posts should do at least one of three things: educate, inspire, or entertain your ideal audience. If you do these things, they’ll find your content more valuable and they’ll be more apt to share your content with their tribe.   If you don’t do these things, you will just be adding to the noise and won’t see much success with ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, July 01, 2019
    The sales funnel is a critical part of your business, even if you don’t view it as such. Understanding what it is and how yours works can also improve your sales and help eliminate inefficiencies. When you understand the buyer’s process, you can begin to tweak it in your favor.   In our first part of examining the sales funnel, we talked about what the funnel is and walked you through the basics ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Economic, General News Article
    Monday, June 24, 2019
    If you’re running a small business without any formal marketing training, you might not think in terms of a sales funnel. Most of my clients don’t, in fact. They write that kind of stuff off as “marketing speak” and they get back to trying to sell things.   But with today’s online research and buying, it’s important that you understand the basics of a sales funnel and how you can build one. ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Business Blog, Economic
    Monday, June 03, 2019
    Everyone wants to attract the best and brightest employees. After all, your team directly affects your ability to provide excellent customer service and that is essential to business success these days.   If you’re a very small business, you might not be looking for the best and the brightest but the willing and capable. That’s good too.   But either way, you want to attract good, quality ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, May 20, 2019
    Good customer service isn’t something everyone is born knowing. While most of us have been customers the better part of our lives in one aspect or another, many of us don’t take the time to stop and think what makes extraordinary customer service and what tactics build strong customer relations.   But we sure know bad customer service when we experience it.    That’s why it’s important if you ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Blog, Economic
    Monday, April 15, 2019
    None of us are born knowing exactly how to run a business. Some of us learn in school and some of us in the school of life.  Some of us have better natural instincts than others but even those who do will eventually get to a point in their business when, if they want to continue to grow, they need outside help. Everyone does. Sure, there are very expensive consultants who can help you become ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Economic, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, March 18, 2019
    A website is one of the most potent marketing tools you have. It’s open when your best sales person is asleep and represents you even when your doors are closed. It can help you sell to people who have never been to your town, your state, or even your country. That’s why it is essential that your website represents the best of your business and serves as a sales tool and resource center for your ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Economic, Chamber, General News Article
    Monday, March 04, 2019
    Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels If you're like many restaurant owners who think a menu is just a list of the food that you serve, you're not alone, but you're also misguided. There's a prevailing thought that even permeates some of the best restaurants in the country that simply typing out your options for food and beverages and calling it a day will get the job done. You may not realize ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education
    Monday, February 11, 2019
    If your website analytics have been stagnant for a while, you may be wondering what you can do to boost your traffic. Is it time to give your website a new look? We believe in supporting local businesses, so we've put some thought into the matter. Take a look at 3 tips for determining whether it's time to update the look of your site.Update When Customers Show Signs of Disinterest Take a look ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Economic, Chamber
    Monday, February 04, 2019
    In football, it is the quarterback who drives each play. However, the quarterback also has to contend with the other team's defenders coming in to try to tackle him before he can make a play. It is his offensive linemen who hold off the defenders to give him the time he needs to find an open player down the field. Although your employees won't have defenders trying to tackle them (hopefully), ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic
    Monday, January 07, 2019
      Storytelling is a major buzzword in the marketing industry these days, and it is an aspect of promoting your business that you cannot afford to ignore. Rather than focusing your marketing efforts on promoting your products or services, the new business model requires telling the story of your brand to help your customers feel connected to and engaged with your business. Follow these tips to do ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Economic, Chamber, Fun Facts
    Monday, December 17, 2018
    Photo Credit - Skitterphoto.comSpas are well-known for pampering their clients - and charging a premium for their services. Despite the high prices that come with massages, scrubs, and treatments, the world's leading spas have been able to turn a tidy profit by focusing on delivering exceptional customer service. Here's what your business can learn from these high-end service-orientated ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Business Blog, Community, Education
    Monday, December 10, 2018
    Why did you open the doors to your business? Today's business owners often say it's because they want to make a difference, fill a need, solve a problem, or support their community. There's little doubt that business ownership isn't just about making money; it's about making a difference. What role will your business play in supporting, molding, and developing our community? That's left up to ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education, General News Article
    Monday, December 03, 2018
    The Value of Trading Locally  I love living in a place where the people who I trade with on a daily basis will take time to understand my needs and have the expertise to help me.Not too long ago, I saw something online that sparked my creativity and gave me a great idea for a weekend project, but it was definitely not something I could buy off of a shelf. After doing more research, I headed to a ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Human Interest
    Monday, November 12, 2018
    The talent shortage is affecting businesses across a variety of industries. As our world has moved firmly into the digital age, more and more businesses are looking to hire employees who have digital skills, including web design, digital marketing, social media and more. However, many businesses are finding that there just aren't enough job applicants who possess the required skills, resulting ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, October 15, 2018
    The average American spends over 90,000 hours at work , or more than 10 years over the course of their lifetime, which can be seen as either a blessing or a jail sentence, depending on your perspective. Whether you love your job or dread it could be a matter of science - neuroscience that is. Can You 'Choose Happiness'? Scott Crabtree Thinks So Scott Crabtree has dedicated his entire 25-year ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Economic, Chamber, Human Interest
    Monday, October 08, 2018
    As the owner of a small-to-medium size business, chances are good that you already spend you time answering countless questions every single day from employees, suppliers, customers, and prospects. The issue here is this - how much time to you spend asking yourself questions about your business? According to the Harvard Business Review, "companies often fail to address the tough questions ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Human Interest
    Monday, October 01, 2018
    They say hindsight is 20-20. If you only would have known. As a business owner, you may already have a few things you wish you knew. Would you have hired that one person? Perhaps you would have started your company sooner. While it is important to look back, reflect and learn from these decisions, it is also important to realize that, when you are at the end of your business ownership, your ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Business Blog, Community
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    This is a topic no one wants to talk about--how to handle a business disaster.   No matter what the cause of the business disaster, having a plan in place can mitigate the damage to your business and your business reputation. If you don’t have one, you need to set aside the uncomfortable feelings and get things in order.   6 Steps for an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan for Business Years ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, Education
    Tuesday, September 04, 2018
    Moving to better protect taxpayer data, the Internal Revenue Service announced a new format for individual tax transcripts that will redact personally identifiable information from the Form 1040 series. Check out the following links regarding the IRS News Releases:IR-2018-171:  IRS to introduce new tax transcript to better protect taxpayer data - ...read more
    Categories: Business Blog, Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article
  • Upcoming Events