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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
    Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    For a while, marketers have been telling people how to build relationships with potential customers on social media. They’ve shown them how to nurture a potential customer through the sales cycle to make a buying decision. And that’s what businesses have been focused on. But your social networks need to be doing double duty now. Yes, attracting new customers is important but there’s another great need right now—employees. Read more
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    Russ Dijak, Solnet Web & IT, digital security
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    Owning and running a company is hard work, and one of the most difficult aspects of running a business is staying secure without impeding the efficiency and productivity of your company. Unfortunately, many businesses do not have effective security processes in place. Day to day tasks get in the way of researching and procuring effective security solutions, therefore, protective measures get pushed to the back burner, putting your company at risk. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    Starting a new business can be challenging, but it can be even more difficult if you are new to the community. In some areas being the “new business (or business owner) on the block” is a designation that doesn’t last long (in large cities with transient populations, for instance), the smaller, tighter-knit communities can feel like it takes forever to become part of the “in-crowd.” As we reopen after COVID, many people are reevaluating where they live. Communities that didn’t have the jobs to support newcomers en masse are now seeing an influx of people who want to live where they vacation, or they want to get away from it all. Because of this, fitting in might start getting a whole lot easier. But until it does, here are a few tips that can make you successful in your new community quickly. Read more
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    M. Kendall Ludwig, President and Principal Designer, CurlyRed
    Tuesday, June 15, 2021
    It’s a strange time to be in business. The economic reopening, present staffing shortages, supply chain delays, and nervousness around safety protocols are creating unprecedented challenges for small business owners. Here in Garrett County, most signs seem to point to another record-breaking summer for tourism. So - we know that there will be a large influx of families with disposable income and time here to dine out, shop, and do other fun activities. It’s important for the success of our local economy to capitalize on this boom, while also realizing that this trend won’t last forever. How can you get out in front of this, and set your business up to thrive this summer? Here are five easy to-dos to tackle right away: Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021
    The scene is a common one these days. Lines of people waiting to pay in a restaurant, retail establishment, or grocery store. Tempers flare. Customers yell at staff and wonder why there’s only one person checking people out. Your staff thinks, “Who needs this?” and they’re not wrong. They feel overworked and underappreciated. Customers are demanding and loud. Customers vow not to return. It makes for a bad situation for everyone. So what can you do to ensure it doesn’t happen in your business? Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021
    While we are quickly heading toward the heat of summer, there’s still time to do some spring cleaning with your data. A nice clean email list can help you make the most of your ecommerce and increase summer sales. Read more
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    Russ Dijak, Solnet Web and IT
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    A timely guest post by Chamber member Solnet Web & IT about ransomware, how to protect yourself from it, and what to do if you've been infected. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Friday, May 14, 2021
    Writing is difficult for a lot of people. You may worry about your mastery of grammar or vocabulary. Maybe you just don’t think you have anything interesting to say. But if you have something to sell, you need to learn the basics of good copy, at least until you can pay someone to do it for you. These basic tips can (and should) be used when writing your web copy, social media posts, newsletter, emails, or anything you’re using words to grab attention. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Friday, May 7, 2021
    On social media you need interaction. Without it, your content won’t get seen by your audience. But getting people to interact can be a challenge. But not anymore! Here are 50 conversation starters for your business. That’s about two months of work-week posts already done for you! Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Friday, April 30, 2021
    If recovery is right around the corner, now is the ideal time to revisit your marketing strategy and plan. Making critical changes now can bring you into alignment to make the most of recovery. Plus, it’s possible the needs and desires of your target audience have changed. Asking yourself the following questions about your business and marketing can help ensure that you have the data and information you need to make the most of the looming recovery. Read more
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