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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.
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 24, 2022
    When you run your own business, you’re the person deciding on the direction. You’re in control of start dates and marketing promos. You’re the one who must hold yourself back from the shiny object syndrome. And yet, so many of us fail on that last one and it’s easy to understand why. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 17, 2022
    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. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 10, 2022
    If you’re like me—and almost everyone else in this country—the end of the year is a time to look back and assess. I enjoy the nostalgia and reminiscing that occurs at this time of year, but it can also be a time of dread. It’s a time to realize you either hit the mark or you didn’t. And if you did, you may be apprehensive about being able to do it again in the new year. So, we make resolutions. We tell ourselves we’re going to do X differently this year. And most of us fall short of X because we forget about it, or we fall back into old routines because they are easy and we know how they work. But this year, if you’re going to take on a resolution, we have some tips for you. The goal is to make resolutions more intuitive and doable. Here are a couple of ways to do that. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 3, 2022
    If you participated in small business season—a push to support small businesses during the holidays—we hope you experienced a significant uptick in sales. If you did, you may be wishing that this kind of support, caring, and revenue could continue throughout the year. It can. You just need to leverage the momentum you already built. Use these tips to keep your sales momentum rolling into the new year and beyond. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, December 20, 2021
    There's one more week left before Christmas, and it’s one of the busiest shopping weeks all year. Sure Black Friday and the Saturday before Christmas are the busiest days (spots 1 and 2 according to Sensormatic) but many of the other top 10 busiest shopping days in the U.S., are still on the horizon. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, December 13, 2021
    We’re down to the last two weeks before Christmas with some of the biggest shopping days of the season still ahead of us. Since every sale can help your future marketing, it’s essential that over the next few weeks you think not only of the money, but the data you can garner from each sale as well. But don’t stress. You still have time to implement these important activities for big results. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, December 6, 2021
    This holiday season, we are supporting shop small. We want to celebrate the uniqueness of small business as well as the treasures and exquisite services that can be found in our backyard. But small businesses have challenges as they take on larger, national competitors. The perception that the giants have better deals, more attractive hours, and more selection, can be strong. That’s why it takes a creative approach to capture more of the holiday dollars. Cross promotion can be a very effective way for small business to stand out during the holiday season. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, November 29, 2021
    Okay, so this might not be a “secret” weapon, but email marketing can help extend the push to shop small that began on Small Business Saturday. These types of gentle reminders can keep customers buying from you all season (and all year) long. You just need a couple of great ideas, an email marketing tool (like Constant Contact), and of course an email list. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, November 22, 2021
    Are you participating in Small Business Saturday—or better yet—Small Business Season, where you encourage people to shop small throughout the holiday and not just on the day after Black Friday? If so, you might be scrambling right now trying to put together last-minute touches on what you hope will be a hot time of year for your business. If you’re wondering how you should spend your hours leading up to Small Business Saturday and what you need for the biggest shopping season of the year, we have a checklist to help. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, November 15, 2021
    One way to bring shoppers into your business over the holiday season is by offering deals. That’s how the big box stores work. They bring in customers through loss leaders. While you might not be in a situation to offer products at cost, you can offer deals to bring the crowds in. This year especially, shoppers will be looking for bargains and they may not always think of small businesses as places to find them. Here are a few ideas to help change their minds: Read more
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