There are thousands of thousands of chambers of commerce in communities throughout the U.S. There’s a good chance that your local community has one. And your state and/or industry almost certainly has one as well.

If you haven’t joined a chamber of commerce organization, you might not understand all of the different benefits that these groups offer. Here’s a rundown of exactly what chambers provide and what you should consider when joining one.

What Is a Local Chamber of Commerce?

A chamber of commerce is a network of local businesses or businesses within a particular niche or industry. The organization works to further the interests of businesses in the area or industry through advocacy, networking opportunities and various other member benefits.

Every individual chamber of commerce is completely different. There’s the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nationwide group that provides resources and advocacy for businesses in a wide array

If you want your business to be relevant in 2020, you need your online marketing strategy to keep up with changes in social media, video marketing, content creation, and SEO. To learn about the trends, insights, and predictions that could impact your strategy in 2020, here are some relevant tips from members of the online small business community.

Develop Your Online Marketing Strategy for YouTube

YouTube can be a powerful tool for businesses looking to reach their customers in new ways. But you need a clear strategy in order to make the most of the platform. Get some valuable insights for building your YouTube marketing strategy in this GetResponse post by Joshua Schofield.

Learn How to Handle a Social Media Crisis

Social media is almost mandatory for businesses today. But for as much upside as they offer, they can also lead to major scandals for businesses. If you’re dealing with

Are you at a loss on how to improve your team’s sales performance?

Especially in the world of B2B marketing and lead generation, making sales doesn’t just happen overnight. Closing B2B sales for major accounts is often a long-term process. For example, it involves building relationships, researching, identifying key decision makers and stakeholders. You must develop trust with everyone at the prospect’s organization who might have an influence over your sale. 

You may run a small business or startup. Are you feeling some urgency to get some new deals in the pipeline? It so you may find it very easy to fall into a trap of putting pressure on yourself to close deals faster and get results “right now.” But this is a mistake. If you put too much pressure on yourself, you’re ultimately going to have that pressure leak into the tone of the conversations that you’re having with

By James Adams

I’m sure it is a conversation you have probably heard a thousand times, how do we find new customers, or; we need to grow our top line revenue? So we need more customers. While for some industries you may well need new customers because you have exhausted your existing customer base, I am thinking big one-off purchases such as house sales, or fledgling businesses with a narrow product range that you just don’t have the customer base to leverage. Most businesses don’t need new customers. They just need to sell more of their products to existing customers.

The reason for this is simple,  it’s
about risk and reward. In business, we are
generally looking to minimize or mitigate risk. Attracting
new customers is, by its very nature, more risky and more costly than
leveraging the relationships you have with existing customers.

This isn’t a new concept, in

By Nick Veneris

The first quarter of the year is an important time for your business. What you achieve now lays the foundation for further success in the rest of the year. Unfortunately, many businesses coast through the first quarter believing there is still plenty of time to improve, or they rely on momentum from last year to propel them through the first quarter. Refreshing your Q1 business goals creates a clean slate and gives your team the boost they need to hit your first quarterly targets. Here are our tips for setting fresh goals for your business’ Q1.

1. Forget Last Year’s Narrative

Business narratives are a critical part of creating and marketing your brand. These narratives can shape the way you approach marketing strategies and sales. However, the narrative of your business can change throughout the year, impacting how you approach future goals.

For setting new goals, let

By Makenzie Sparks

Looking for a printing company in 2020 is surprisingly easier than ever. There is a multitude of options online to help outsource your expensive in-house printing processes.

Before you make your decision, however, it pays to be aware of some things to look for in a printing company.

Excellent Customer Service

The most important thing to look for in a printing company is excellent customer service. Your printers should be detail-oriented, time-sensitive and responsible. 

That means they actually answer the phone during business hours. 100% of the time. Printing businesses need to have quick response times and consistent reliability so you don’t have to worry about whether or not your ads or business cards are arriving on time.

Your printing company should also offer proof of product without hesitation. If they have the right products, then it should be no problem for you to get proof