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/ .
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.
- 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.
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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“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”
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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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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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.
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.
During a period of rapid growth two years ago, principals at Modea, a digital advertising agency in Blacksburg, Virginia, realized that they needed a more effective employee onboarding program to get new recruits up to speed quickly. “When you grow fast, you need people to come in and produce quickly,” says Aaron Herrington, co-founder of Modea. read more »