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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!
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Three Things To Know About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Some of our own establishments have taken advantage of this assistance but many more, may not know about the program or how it works. Here are the top three things you need to know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Tina Wolfe

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Pricing Strategies That Help Grow Your Business

There are 7.7 billion potential clients out there in the world. And although that number obviously decreases exponentially with each business, the point is, we can’t possibly serve everyone, everywhere. More important than cost of goods or competitor pricing is how well you know your target audience and how much they value your services or product.What every business needs to consider when establishing pricing for its product or service offered. Follow these five tips to determine the value of the products

Tina Wolfe

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
How Companies Can Get Employees Back to the Workplace Safely

Coronavirus made working from home the norm for most of 2020 and into 2021, however some businesses have begun to gradually return to their offices. As people across the world ease into what was once normal, many remain concerned of potential outbreaks at work, massive shut downs, companies policies to avoid infections, among other issues. While the idea of returning to work in person may sound a bit anxiety-inducing, this guide will navigate what precautions companies are taking as well as what employees

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
A Conversation with Earl B. Hunter, Jr.

In celebration of Black History Month I recently featured Earl on a special event, Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship where his words of wisdom, song, and encouragement left us all feeling empowered and committed to giving our best to each other and the community in which we live and work.

Tina Wolfe

Monday, February 1, 2021
Let Fear Teach You Instead of Control You

I use the f-word pretty freely now, although there was a time in my corporate life when I discovered that the f-word must not be uttered out loud. It happened in a project meeting. In the back of my mind I had recently joined a club. The name of my imaginary club might have been something like the “speak truth to power club” or the “insiders of big change club.”

GUEST BLOGGER, Lynn Carnes of Creative Spirits Unleashed

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Small Businesses Need No-Strings-Attached Access to Funds — Here’s a Smart Option

The pandemic has had a profound effect on small businesses across the country. Seven months after the onset, resilient businesses have slowly begun accepting customers back into their shops, but things are by no means back to normal. Fewer customers and tighter local restrictions means less sales, with three-quarters of small businesses reporting that COVID-19 has caused revenues to dip. The lack of normal sales activity is exacerbating the delicate cash flow balance small businesses must regularly strike —

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Monday, December 28, 2020
The Most Important Things I Learned in 2020

I recently came across a fantastic article in Success Magazine where they asked their readers to share what was the most important thing they learned in 2020. Their answers will perhaps resonate with many of you as you reflect on a pestiferous period.

Tina Wolfe

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Small Businesses Matter

Take the #100DollarChallenge! We thought we'd be sharing hot cocoa, coffee, visiting friends, and attending gift exchanges. At a time when our community would normally be singing about "the most wonderful time of the year," it's an understatement to say that 2020 has had other plans. If you've replaced 'wonderful' with some other choice words, I promise, you are not alone.

Kim Effler

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