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!

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!

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?

Opening a new business is exciting and fearful at the same time. But you're ready! You have a solid business plan (because you took the Marion GEM Class), you've done your market research, and you've saved plenty of capital for operating expenses. You've found the perfect location with a price you can afford and are eager to sign that lease and move in. But wait ...

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is known for his insistence that change is the fundamental element of the universe. You may be familiar with his quote, "The only thing that is constant is change." For many, change incites a sense of unease at best and at worst, a great fear. In business, however, the ability to change is the mainspring to success. Tradition certainly has its place in establishing quality and integrity within your business operations, but it is change that can propel you to new heights.

Discover how powerful partnerships can help your business thrive and grow in a competitive market!

How often do you get to interact and get to know your customers outside of your business? Probably not too often. But, when getting involved in your community, you have that opportunity to get to know your customers on a different level.

Do you struggle with finding and keeping quality staff? In our latest blog, you'll discover a simple, yet often overlooked tool that will help you create the staff you need to run your business efficiently.

April is National Financial Literacy Month and taxes are due, so in light of this, we are going to focus on providing you with tools, tips, and guides (see Tax Paying Guide below) all month that will help you organize, plan, monitor, and manage your business finances better!