Chamber Blog--Positioning For Success
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!
Wednesday, October 20th is Support Your Local Chamber Day and we are putting the focus on our members, because, they are the chamber! Our members are the reason we work each day to support them, connect them, and advocate for them. Find ways to celebrate!
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 —
Small Business Trends
According to recent results of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & MetLife Small Business Index (SBI), a quarterly survey of 1,000 small business owners nationwide,* optimism is at an all-time high. This rise in business confidence points to a rebound in the national outlook and reflects the highest levels yet recorded in this survey's seven quarters, to date. Let's see why and what you can apply to your business.
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.
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.
Michael Guta, SmallBiz Trends Magazine
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.