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Chamber Blog--Positioning For Success

McDowell Chamber of Commerce is invested in the success of our county and works to create opportunities, facilitate economic growth, and promote our area as an enticing place to live, work, and play. Our goal is also to be an advocate for our businesses and help them thrive and grow. In Positioning For Success, we'll share tips, tools, expert advice, and resources to help you do just that--Thrive & Grow!

As the festivities of the Christmas season settle in our collective memories, its time to gear up for the coming year. Our guest blogger, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA has some excellent advice on last minute things you should consider when preparing your taxes both personal and business. The new tax law brings some changes you'll need to consider in order to file correctly and take advantage of all the deductions for which you qualify.

In 2010 American Express launched Small Business Saturday in an effort to encourage consumers to buy locally and help sustain their economy. The campaign has been a huge success since its inception and we in McDowell are on board to help our residents find local vendors to celebrate Small Business Saturday not only on one day, but all year long!

Some of the most prolific and successful companies in history began as partnerships. Think McDonald's, Hewlett Packard, and Google. On the flip side, you have those partnerships that went down in flames. Facebook's split between Saverin and Zuckerman, Citigroup's breakup between Jamie Dimon and Sandy Weill among others. That's why it's important to do your homework, consult a professional, and don't let emotions get in the way.

Who doesn't like saving money! Guest Blogger and Duke Energy District Manager Robin Nicholson offers up five easy tips to help your small business save money on energy costs this winter.

Cyber Attacks are not just launched against big businesses with big data! A recent study found that 43% of cyber attacks targeted small businesses through phishing schemes , worms, Trojan horses, and outright hacks. Learn how to protect your small business with these tips and tricks that you can do yourself.

Stress is one of those dreaded emotions that shows up at the worst possible times--right before a big presentation, an important meeting, or project deadline. It can literally hijack our brains; robbing us of the ability (albeit temporarily) to think clearly, converse intelligently, and perform productively. In this month's blog, we'll look at easy-to-apply tools to help you take back your brain and de-stress for those all important situations.

The Sane Middle-Being the voice of reason in the din of special interests, the Chamber of Commerce can serve as a vital change agent for thoughtful progress within McDowell County.

 

 



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