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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 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, 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, October 4, 2021
    Do you love small towns with gorgeous Main Streets that are fun weekend adventures in dining and shopping? You know the places with one unique business after another with friendly employees who show you their amazing wares and make you feel welcome. But…Local businesses sometimes have their hang ups. Sometimes there are people begging small businesses to take their money and yet, those businesses can be difficult to buy from. Does that sound like your business? Then maybe you are struggling with some of the following problems. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, September 27, 2021
    It happens. People buy from you and they love you. Then life gets in the way, and they don’t return. Sometimes it’s because they no longer have use for your products or services like when you sell gourmet dog biscuits, and they no longer have a pet. Sometimes they moved out of your area, and you don’t offer e-commerce options. Most often though, your business has simply slipped their minds. It’s no longer on their radar or part of their buying habit. It wasn’t something you did. They just have other things going on. In these cases, you need to reengage them and bring yourself back to top of mind. Here are a few ideas on how you can do that. 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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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Today, as a business professional, you're expected to give a certain amount of your knowledge away for free. It's simply the professional standard. While we can argue whether you should do this or not, the truth is much of your competition is probably already offering free content and other benefits of their knowledge. If you don't do the same, you will lose out. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    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 you're not actively performing the service in which you get paid for. Technology being what it is, courses are easier than ever to create but expectations are higher as well. So, it's important you do a few things as part of your course creation prep. This article is laid out to help you ask the right questions before you begin preparing your course. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Thursday, May 7, 2020
    Economic difficulties aside, this is an exciting time for businesses and marketing. No, really. It can be. We've been forced to try innovations we may have only talked about previously. Some of these include allowing our employees to work from home, finding new ways to engage with our audience, creating new offerings and services that meet the needs of our audience while also adhering to social distancing rules. It’s been exhausting but there’s a bright side too if you can start to see it for that. Yes, this has been a challenging time but you also have the opportunity to lay the groundwork for things that will continue to serve you and your customers in the future. One of those things is video and if you're not using it right now you're missing an opportunity. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf (formerly Green)
    Friday, February 7, 2020
    If your business isn't bringing in the revenue you'd like and you've tried different discounts and purchase options, it may be time to consider what the business world is now referring to as a “side hustle.” For purposes of this article, we're not going to cover starting a new business but rather creating a side hustle or an alternative revenue stream for your existing business. Here's how you can do that. Read more
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    Christina R. Green
    Friday, January 3, 2020
    Experiential marketing is a big way to get your audience's attention. In the past, it was something only big brands did. But now mom and pop businesses are getting involved and realize it doesn't have to cost a lot of money to give your customers a memorable experience. The return-on-investment is quite high with experiential marketing because people remember experiences. They share them and they write reviews based on them. If you want to improve your sales and get more people talking about your business, experiential marketing is a great way to do it. Read more
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