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10:42 AM

Shop Small, Shop Often!




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by Alice Wanamaker – Member Relations Director, CCEDC

According to a blog post published last November by Emmelia De La Cruz , 54% of US sales happen at a small business. That’s a great percentage but wouldn’t it be great if it were 64% or 75% or even 90%? On average, 48 cents from every dollar you spend locally, stays local, compared to only 14 cents spent at big box stores. So as we raise our percentage of sales happening at small businesses locally, we also raise our percentage of dollars that stay locally!

In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov. 26 and The Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation is encouraging everyone to take action for our greater good. Whether you are a small business owner or a consumer thinking about the holidays, we encourage you to shop small and find unique items for your family and friends.
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9:56 AM

Do You Know Your Business Like You Know Your BFF?


Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Jeanine Villano-George, Co-Owner A&A Plumbing and Heating, LLC



Let me ask you this question…  and it might sound a little silly but …
 

Do you know your business like you know your BFF (Best Friend Forever)?  How well do you know your best friend?  Think about this for a moment; do you know your BFF’s favorite color, favorite drink, favorite restaurant … can you rattle that off pretty quickly?  How about if I asked you the same style of questions about your business, could you rattle off the answers with confidence and composure?  For example:  What are your quarterly gross sales?  What percentage of your business do you allow for community outreach?  How do you bring value to your customer base … What are you really good at?    
 

Do you know your business like a BFF?  Business relationships are like best friend relationships because they take time, work and investment to develop them and make them stronger.  When you meet a new person they are not your ‘best friend’ immediately, it takes time to foster that relationship and build trust before you can call him/her your BFF!  It takes time for you to trust each other.
 
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3:21 PM

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance? The CCEDC Can Help!

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Guest Blogger: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, Carbon County, PA

Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan.Read More

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