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!

Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), November 4-8, 2019. This marks the sixth annual NVSBW. McDowell Chamber is proud to support and honor our local veteran entrepreneurs and want to encourage our community to do likewise.

It's the beginning of October and the weather doesn't exactly agree with the calendar just yet, but we’re hopeful. Autumn is approaching, and leaf season travelers are coming to escape city life for a little rural R&R. One of the most popular activities visitors look for are unique farm experiences to enhance their mountain escapades. Here in the foothills, there are plenty of rural farm activities from sheep shearing festivals to hayrides, and apple picking. All are wonderful ways to invite the public to

What is enough? That question recently came up in my women's business group meeting. Our group is made up of women in diverse fields but our goal is to brainstorm ideas for each other to create business, refer each other, and share our skill sets to foster success.

My family and I traveled recently to my hometown for a wedding. The event was a great success and smiling faces pervaded throughout the evening. The travel, however, was a collection of mishaps and missed opportunities by the airline and the car rental company to earn our loyalty and sing their praises. Long story short, one flight was delayed causing me to hit a personal speed record racing through the concourse.

From a recent research project from SCORE, the data shows that independent retailers are indeed a huge economic engine in local communities. SCORE compiled the latest 2019 retail statistics into an easy-to-understand infographic.

You don’t have to leave your home or office to join SBA and the National Small Business Week award winners live from Washington, DC on May 5-6. Watch the awards ceremonies and business workshops on the next wave in digital commerce and social media tips for businesses live on SBA's Facebook page.

In a series covering domestic employment issues, USA Today confirms what we have known here in McDowell for years; today's manufacturing has undergone an upgrade and established The New Blue Collar!

Trying to do too much and trying to do it perfectly will lead you to mediocrity and drain your energy faster than it drains your bank account. Learn how to differentiate between distinctive work and business essential work and why what you say NO to, can transform your business!

Many businesses classify their workers as independent contractors for legitimate business reasons. However, a worker misclassification can have severe financial consequences, especially for small businesses that are hit with various penalties and required to pay restitution. Consider these issues before classifying your workers and decide whether you’re better off paying some extra costs upfront but avoiding the risk of worker misclassification case.

Have you felt it warm on your skin? Have you seen it pop up yellow and bright amid brown, wintered fields? As we wake from the cold season's sedentary spell, spring escorts old man winter to the door. And I admit, I'll be the first one to close (and lock it) behind him.

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