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Keeping our members informed on the region, best business practices, and marketing. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting articles from members to post as blogs on the Chamber’s website. These should contain useful information relevant to your industry and might solve a problem member companies may be having or alert members to and describe a new trend. You will get by-line credit for writing the article and we encourage you to include a brief bio about yourself and your business or organization. These are not intended to be a sales pitch. All articles must be approved by the Chamber staff before they are posted to the website. Depending on the number of submissions, we reserve the right to schedule articles for later postings. If you have questions or would like to submit an article contact Nick Sharps at nick@garrettchamber.com or (301) 387-5237.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Using Existing Facebook Groups to Grow Your Business

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

Christina Metcalf

Monday, May 2, 2022
How Easy Is It to Do Business with You?

People will not do business with you if you make it hard to do business. There’s just too much competition and not enough interest. To attract sales and become interested in your business, you want people to know, like, and trust you. Once they are interested, your work isn’t complete. You want to make it easy on them to do business. If you’re doing the following things in business, you may be missing sales because you are making it too hard.

Christina R. Metcalf

Monday, January 17, 2022
What Customers Want Post-Pandemic

The results of a recent survey commissioned by GoDaddy and conducted by OnePoll of 2,000 Americans and what they want from small business going forward, shouldn’t surprise business owners. But if you’ve been thinking that some of the things you did for safety purposes can be phased out once we start beating the numbers on this virus, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Christina R. Metcalf

Monday, August 2, 2021
Take the Friction Out of Doing Business with You

Do you want more customers? Then you need to remove the friction behind doing business with you. Even if you have great customer service, support, and sales, you may have unknown friction that exists before you see the face of your customer. Luckily, you can smooth that out with content. Here are two problems you need to solve for to take the guesswork out of doing business with you.

Christina R. Metcalf

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Change These 3 Things in Your Business Now for a Stronger Recovery

With numbers of COVID infections increasing daily in many states, people are wondering when it will end and when we can begin to start feeling confident in an economic recovery. No one knows for sure when recovery will begin. In the meantime, there are a few things we know about how business and customers have changed. You can use that knowledge to restructure your marketing in order to better position your business for a stronger recovery.

Christina R. Metcalf

Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Online Course for Your Business

If your business is shut down or you're just looking for new streams of revenue, a popular idea is course creation. This could be a course that showcases your knowledge on a subject, a course that is designed to complement whatever it is you sell, or a way to make money that does not involve an exchange of time for money. If you are someone who sells an hourly service, there are only so many hours of the day that you can bill for virus or not. But if you create a course you can bring in money even when

Christina R. Metcalf

Thursday, March 5, 2020
10 Tips for Beating the Competition by Improving Creativity

There's a lot of competition out there. Your business is no longer competing with your neighbor. Thanks to the internet, the world is your customer and your competition. But you needn't let that discourage you. People do business with organizations they know, like, and trust. To stand out from the crowd, you need to share of yourself and let them get to know you. But you also have to embrace creativity because if you don't, your marketing message will sound like everyone else's.

Christina R. Metcalf

Thursday, January 9, 2020
8 Things to Do to Make Your Business Life Easier

Efficiency is key these days as we’re pulled in hundreds of different directions. If running your business seems like a struggle, it’s time to make things easier. Some businesses choose to do that by hiring additional people, but if you don’t have the budget for that right now, there are other things that can be done to help you make the most of the hours in your day.

Christina R. Green

Friday, September 27, 2019
6 Steps for an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan for Business

This is a topic no one wants to talk about--how to handle a business disaster. No matter what the cause of the business disaster, having a plan in place can mitigate the damage to your business and your business reputation. If you don’t have one, you need to set aside the uncomfortable feelings and get things in order.

Christina R. Green

Thursday, September 12, 2019
How to Ace Pinterest for Your Business

There are many reasons to be on Pinterest. There are over 250 million people on every month. But more importantly it reaches 83% of women ages 25-54. That’s a pretty hefty number and if you market to women it’s something to take note of and act on. And it’s not all women. 50% of new users are men these days. The site also has one of the highest sales conversion rates of all social media platforms. When people see things on Pinterest, they buy them. 90% of weekly Pinterest users use Pinterest to make

Christina R. Green

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