Small Biz Tip: Start Up Questions: Finding Customers

Tips from February 11, 2010 The Small Business tips today discuss how to find customers. Chamber of Commerce: Introducing your business at your Chamber of Commerce will give you a start in connecting with other small businesses in your area. Additionally, ask for a link on your Chamber's website to yours about your new business opening. Use the support and organization in your favor to find customers in your area who are passionate about the small business cause. Networking: Use your friends, family members, and business contacts to your advantage. Talk to them about your new business, and ask if there are any contacts they know that you can network with. Don't forget about social networking online as well! Competition: As silly as it sounds, some of the best places to find your customers is by researching your competition. Find out what they are doing wrong, and what their customers are dissatisfied with. Use that to your advantage when starting out on yo... [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Networking: Setting Up An Event

Tips from October 29, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss how to set up a small business event to network in your community. Market your event via flyers, Chambers of Commerce, radio advertisements, mailers, on your website, as well as word of mouth. Create a Facebook invite and notify your friends, family, group members, as well as fans. Send them a reminder message a day before the event. Offer small, free gifts for people at your event, such as pens, magnets, or pads of paper. Have all of your contact information easily readable on it. At the event, collect business cards & give yours out. At the conclusion of the event, send a thank you letter & save their contact information. Daily Overview: Events allow your business to connect with other people and businesses to create relationships and build support. [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Networking: Chamber of Commerce

Tips from October 28, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss how your local Chamber of Commerce is a great way to network. Join local businesses in promoting your town's economy by shopping locally to keep money in your community. Network with your neighbors to coordinate discounts and promotions to encourage consumers to buy locally. Meet a few times every month. Discuss your community's economy, goals for the future, & new programs or events coming up. Plan an event with your Chamber. Invite all small businesses to host the event & open it to the community. More tomorrow! Daily Overview: Use your Chamber of Commerce membership to its full potential by networking with other local businesses. [Read Full Article]