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Emergency Planning for Business & Industry

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 24, 2014 in Business Tips , News
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ScreenShot002It’s important for businesses to plan and prepare for a hurricane or any emergency that could affect normal operations and employees. Businesses located along the South Carolina coast are not the only ones that could be affected by a hurricane or any other tropical storm system. Inland businesses could be affected by these storms if coastal businesses and suppliers have to stop production or temporarily close.

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Community Resources Seminar by SCSBDC

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 5, 2013 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , Community Events , News
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How to add events to our Community Events Calendar

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 17, 2013 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , Community Events , Marketing , News , Productivity
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It’s FREE to add an event!

The Chamber has a new community events calendar.  The calendar is being promoted on berkeleysc.org, visitberkeleycounty.com, and all of our social media.  We encourage you to enter your events free of charge.  To enter an event, go to http://berkeleysc.org/chamber/community-events/ .

  1. Click “Add Your Event”
  2. Enter the Venue.  If the venue is already on file then you will not have to provide details.  If this is the first time this venue has been used, then you will need to enter the address into our database by clicking “Add New”.
  3. Complete each area of the submission form in the order presented.  You will not be able to skip around.
  4. Include a photo or video (optional)
  5. Enter your contact information
  6. Click Submit
  7. Your event will be reviewed and will appear on the calendar within 2 days.  You will receive an email confirmation.

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Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on February 13, 2013 in Business Tips , Government Affairs , News
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BCIebookHere is a gift to you from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.  It is a complimentary and helpful guide to procurement opportunities for businesses. We encourage you to use it!

Free Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement Opportunities (PDF)

Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide, 2013 Edition, is designed to help small-business owners and decision-makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations.

The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets with an emphasis on who buys and how buying decisions are made. The Guide also presents “next-step” resources that small business can use to penetrate these markets.

Topics include:

  • Selling to the Federal Government/State Governments
  • Selling to Large Corporations
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and International Organizations
  • “Green” Procurement
  • Special Resources for Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Businesses

A glossary of procurement-related terms is included, as well as a procurement preparation checklist, information about teaming agreements and joint ventures, and more.

Available at no charge to you
This special PDF edition of Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is available at no charge thanks to the generous support of Microsoft Corporation. Braddock’s Procurement Opportunities Guide is published and copyrighted by Braddock Communications, Inc.

Local Store Marketing: Employee Recognition

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on November 11, 2012 in Business Tips , Human Resources , Marketing , News
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Looking for a way to invigorate your store staff and sales?

Employee peer recognition is often more influential among your workers than achieving actual prizes or monetary rewards.  Developing ongoing peer recognition programs will keep your employees excited about their jobs and their enthusiasm will translate into continual sales growth for your store. In other words, happy employees mean happy customers.
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Know Thy Customer….Or At Least Be Able to Reach Them!

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on October 11, 2012 in Business Tips , Marketing , News
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The conversation usually starts like this:

“So, do you know your customer?”

“Of course, I know my customers, most by name”

“Great, let’s communicate to them that you have a sale this weekend”

“[cricket sounds]”

Call me a pragmatist, but this is a typical conversation with a small business operator. They may know their customers but challenge them to put that into action, and many are woefully lacking in customer data. They know their customers, but they have no way of being able to communicate with them. So, they sit and wait for customers to come to them or spend a disproportionate amount of their money advertising.
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Business Disaster Planning

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on August 3, 2012 in Business Tips , Event Highlights , News
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The Chamber cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared and having written plans for your organization no matter how small a company. Our area has been very lucky for a number of years, however this is prime hurricane season and we never know what lies ahead.   After Hugo a number of our small companies closed due to poor or lack of prior planning,  and a hurricane is only one possible disaster.
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Local Store Marketing: Charities

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on July 10, 2012 in Business Tips , Marketing , News
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Some of the local store marketing strategies that I have highlighted over the past year are designed to increase awareness and sales for your brand, others because it’s the right thing to do. Working with charities over a period of time enables you to give back to the communities in which you are located, in addition to creating a sales opportunity at the store level.
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How To Increase Your Sales

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 12, 2012 in Business Tips , Community Events , News , Productivity
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Being able to offer exciting opportunities when packaging your attraction, hotel or restaurant could give you the extra edge you need in securing additional business. It is proven that the customer wants to be made to feel special with unique experiences that are customized just for them and their group. It is our pleasure to have two groups entertain you at our next meeting to show you new possibilities for recruitment of business.

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Creating A Policy And Procedure Handbook

Posted by Berkeley Chamber of Commerce on June 5, 2012 in Business Start-up , Business Tips , News
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“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” – - from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

As a small business owner, you may wonder why one would need to get organized from a policy and procedure standpoint. After all, you may only have a handful of employees; it is not like you are a large company and warrant a need to issue “badges” in the form of structure. Without structure on how employees should conduct themselves at work, though, it creates the possibility of inequality as well as abuse by employees.

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