• The Chamber Weekly Blog

    A collection of articles that we believe will add value to you and your business!
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    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Thursday, October 6, 2022
    Customer loyalty is essential to strong sales. After all, it’s easier to get repeat sales than it is to convince a new consumer to buy from you. But customer loyalty is something grown and nurtured, not bought or ordered. It takes time. However, just because someone has been buying from you (or donating to you if you’re a non-profit) does not mean they are loyal. It may just mean that they tend to do the same things over and over until they don’t. If you want a strong customer (or donor) base, you need to cultivate loyalty. The methods to do so require consistent tending and upkeep. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    Telling your business story is a compelling way to get your audience more invested in you and to help build know, like, and trust. Your business story is a lasso that draws people in and holds them there. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Thursday, September 8, 2022
    If your town is like most, there are several Facebook groups that have formed around living, working, and/or playing in your area. Some are private and you’ll need to request to join. Others are public. Some groups are loosely veiled business generators for community leaders or professionals (often real estate agents) who recognize how important it is to insert themselves into conversations about the community. Facebook groups are an excellent way to grow your business. Here are a few ways to do this in an existing group. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Thursday, August 25, 2022
    The title of this article is supposed to be funny, but procrastination isn’t a laughing matter. In fact, procrastination can be severely impacting your business. It can affect sales, revenue, and employee happiness. But when work is tough and no news sounds good, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll handle the hard stuff on a better day. The problem is there will never be a perfect day to do the hard things. So, here’s how you can tackle today, what you could put off for tomorrow. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    Labor Day is fast approaching. This unofficial end of summer is largely ignored by businesses partly because a holiday surrounding working doesn’t seem like much fun. However, you can use this day for more than planning a backyard BBQ or trip to the beach. Here are some engaging social media and activity ideas that you can work on over the next month to drive interaction and get employees and customers excited about this much overlooked holiday. Read more
    Matthew Thomas and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Wednesday, August 3, 2022
    Are you short staffed or in need of applicants for openings within your businesses? We have you covered. The Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce has a resource to help you connect with job seekers. This tool is called Job Jots, and it can be found on ForBartow.com, the Chamber’s new workforce development website, or on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. Read more
    Matthew Thomas and edited by Julie Carroll
    Monday, July 25, 2022
    Have you ever found yourself looking for local professionals to speak with your students or professional group? We have you covered. The Bartow-Cartersville Chamber of Commerce has a new resource to connect the public to subject matter experts that can assist them by sharing their expertise. This new tool is the Speakers Bureau and it can be found on the ForBartow.com, the Chamber’s new workforce development website. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and Edited by Julie Carroll
    Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    According to an article on SmallBizTrends.com this week, “Small business owners’ expectations for better business conditions over the next six months fell by seven points to a net negative 61%. So far expectations for better conditions have worsened every month this year.” That’s not great news. With rising costs, many businesses are struggling. Whether you choose expansion of audience or marketing, you need reviews and you need them everywhere. Here are a few ways you can motivate your audience to help. Read more
    Christina Metcalf and edited by Julie Carroll
    Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    We all have more than we can handle these days. We’re doing more with less, trying to figure out how we will pay for our necessities as prices skyrocket. What if there was something the chamber could do to take something off your plate, to help you do more with less time? Whether you are a small or large business, wouldn’t that be great? Who couldn’t use a helpful partner in your success? Read more
    Christina Metcalf and edited by Julie Carroll
    Wednesday, July 6, 2022
    Hiring a grant writer isn’t cheap. Some charge a flat fee, while others base their fee as a percentage of the grant amount. If you’re a small business or nonprofit, you may not be able to afford to hire someone. But it is worth it. To take on grant writing yourself, you’ll miss out on the years of experience you’ll get with a professional and it will likely take more time. But if you’re looking for a DIY solution, you need to know the basics of grant writing. Follow the tips provided in this article. Read more