• Chamber Talk Blog

    A blog from your local Chamber of Commerce.
    Friday, November 3, 2023
    ​Not a Retail Biz? You Can Still Be a Strong Part of Small Business Season

    The holiday season is upon us, and 'tis the season for shopping! As a small business owner, you might think that participating in the "Shop Local" movement or Small Business Season is reserved for retail and restaurant establishments. That's not the case! Small businesses from every sector can actively join in on Small Business Season, which began November 1 and goes through the end of the year. This initiative creates a vibrant, supportive local economy and helps businesses like yours reap the benefits

    Rachel LaCasse-Ford

    Monday, January 18, 2021
    4 Ways to Structure Your Day for Success

    Productivity is always a big push at the beginning of the year. Everyone wants to do more with less, less money, less time, and fewer resources. This article will show you four ways to structure your day for greater success in achieving your goals. The one that best works for you is a personal decision but trying several of these can give you some good insights into how you (and your employees) work best.

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, January 11, 2021
    3 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Newsletter This Year

    Who has time for a newsletter? If you want more sales and a more loyal audience, you need to find the time. The magic of newsletters is that they are a way to distribute your content on a regular basis straight to someone’s email inbox or phone. It creates a privileged communication when you do it correctly. But when done poorly, it can feel like a boring monologue of self-promotion. If you don’t have a newsletter, it’s time to start building a list of emails and creating a newsletter. Whether you’ve been

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, January 4, 2021
    4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Small Business

    This year has been a little more difficult to figure out new year’s resolutions. Part of that is because we’re all still reeling from the “lessons” we learned in 2020. Even the best-prepared businesses lacked preparation for a global pandemic. Still, the new year is a great time to reexamine what you’ve been doing and how it can get better. Here are a few ideas:

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Friday, December 11, 2020
    3 Small Business Lessons to Learn During COVID

    This has certainly been a weird year. As we begin to adjust to our new reality, there are some things you could be doing in your business that may help you out in the post-COVID time. We can’t say it will ever be a return to normal. We’ve lost our innocence in some ways. Preparing for the worst in the past would never have (completely) readied us for this. But hopefully we’ve learned a thing or two to help us with future business.

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, November 30, 2020
    10 Pieces of Content That Can Help You Get More Online Sales

    According to SmallBizTrends.com, “The first set of holiday data and analytics from Adobe reveals online spending is set to increase by 33% in 2020 over 2019.” It’s also likely that this trend will continue as we enter into 2021 and if the pandemic numbers keep increasing. People won’t stop shopping, but they may stop shopping in-person. Online shopping needn’t be owned by large entities like Amazon or Etsy. Your business can excel in online commerce as well. But first, you need to be top-of-mind. One way

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, November 9, 2020
    6 Ways to Use SMS Messaging for Your Business

    What do you do when you get a text notification? If you’re like the average person, you drop everything and look at it. We have been conditioned to believe that texts deserve our immediate attention. Plus, most people don’t receive as much “junk” via text as they do in their email inbox. This is great news for businesses if you use texting wisely. Before we cover all the amazing ways you can interact with customers on text, you must ensure they know, and agree to, you using their number to send messages

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, November 2, 2020
    Optimize These 7 Easy Things to Maximize Your Google My Business Listing

    Most people will agree Google is a large part (dare we say owner?) of the internet, at least from a marketing perspective. That means whether we like it or not we have to try to play nicely with the giant search engine. One of the easiest ways to get on Google's good side is through ensuring Your Google My Business listing is optimized. While it seems pretty obvious how you can optimize your listing there are still many businesses out there that don't do it. And yet it's so easy to make these quick

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Use Experiential Marketing

    Do you feel like your business is just shouting into the wind? Does it seem like the time you spend on social media is extensive but yields few results? Are you sick and tired of Zoom calls that take too long and accomplish too little? If so, it might be time to think about experiential marketing. Experiential marketing is the act of creating a memorable experience that will be associated with your brand. Many smaller businesses think of experiential marketing as the type of thing that businesses with

    Christina R. Metcalf

    Monday, August 31, 2020
    4 Must-have’s for an Awesome Business Newsletter

    Do you have a business newsletter? If you don't, what's holding you back? Is content the issue? Are you just not sure what you're going to tell your customers in every newsletter? Newsletters are a great way to stay connected with your audience, especially if you have a long buying process or you run a business that thrives on repeat business. If either of those things is true, sending out a newsletter can keep you top of mind even when your customers aren’t quite ready to buy what you sell. Newsletters

    Christina R. Metcalf