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!

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.

It's always nice to see our business community come together for a festive, no-work-allowed event and our 2019 Annual Banquet gave them that opportunity! See photos, watch the video, and read about the details!

If you want to grow your business, you probably need to hire employees to help you. Becoming an employer and expanding your staff entails many responsibilities, one of which is seeing to payroll taxes. Unfortunately, there are many myths about these taxes.

So what is a good profit margin to shoot for in your business? Read journalist and author Rob Starr's blog that looks at what every small business owner needs to look at in order to forecast correctly and hit those budget numbers year after year.

We've had quite a few success stories of late telling the brave and often inspiring tales of bright, focused entrepreneurs lighting up empty storefronts with open signs and welcome mats. The revitalization of our Main Street and beyond has been front page news for some time now. So what's with all the growth n McDowell County?

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