Archive for the ‘Chamber Connection’ Category

Don’t forget about YP2s: Why You Should Consider Hiring Young Professional Parents

Don’t forget about YP2s: Why You Should Consider Hiring Young Professional Parents
It seems almost daily we see companies, city leaders and economic developers talk about the importance of attracting and retaining Young Professionals, also known as YPs. These organizations are trying to figure out ways to retain the YPs. Economic developers plan more shopping destinations and dining...
July 9th, 2015 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Networking Do’s and Don’ts

Networking Do’s and Don’ts
You know the saying – “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Building a strong network is vital to your success. And, I’d like to note that a strong network of 800 friends on Facebook doesn’t count when it comes to business. A firm handshake and an in-person conversation still dominate...
June 11th, 2015 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Idea to Implementation: Launching Your Small Business Idea

Idea to Implementation: Launching Your Small Business Idea
Somers L. Martin I meet with entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners on a regular basis and one of the questions I receive from time to time is, “I have this great idea. How do I get started?” My quick answer to that is to tell the individual to first determine if the idea is a sustainable...
March 13th, 2015 | Chamber Connection | Read More

3 Tips to Poise Your Small Business for Growth

3 Tips to Poise Your Small Business for Growth
John Vandersall Once your business begins to thrive, it’s not uncommon to set your sights beyond the horizon and start thinking about growth. A common stumbling block for small businesses is they only think about going from “small” to “large” and while that is a quick and easy upgrade at the...
January 9th, 2015 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Timely Tips: Chamber Provides Resources So Entrepreneurs Can Be In the Know on Election Day

Timely Tips: Chamber Provides Resources So Entrepreneurs Can Be In the Know on Election Day
As an entrepreneur, you’re focused on your business, but public policy can drastically affect your ability to grow. Don’t have time to keep tabs on what’s happening in the halls of government? That’s OK…we do. The Columbus Chamber wants to make sure you are well informed when you go to the...
October 28th, 2014 | Chamber Connection, News | Read More

When Finding Qualified People Seems Hard, It’s Because It Is

When Finding Qualified People Seems Hard, It’s Because It Is
Finding qualified people for your open positions is hard – especially without a recruiting staff. An important distinction we need to realize: posting a position online is not recruiting, it’s posting a position online and hoping the right person sees it. Recruiting is a proactive stance to go out...
September 12th, 2014 | Chamber Connection | Read More

What Do I Need to Know About Certification? Nine Questions to Determine Your Eligibility

What Do I Need to Know About Certification? Nine Questions to Determine Your Eligibility
Certification is a topic that interests – and confuses – many entrepreneurs. I recently spoke with the owner of a two-month-old business who wanted to use the distinction of being a minority- and woman-owned company to pursue some local business opportunities. She was quite surprised when...
July 11th, 2014 | Chamber Connection | Read More

Entrepreneurship: It’s in Your Hands

Entrepreneurship: It’s in Your Hands
I talk and work with entrepreneurs on a daily basis in my role at the Columbus Chamber. Whether talking to someone on the phone or meeting face-to-face, the questions tend to be the same. How do I get started? Is there funding available to support by business? How do I become a certified business and...
May 13th, 2014 | Chamber Connection | Read More