Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have passed. Yesterday was Cyber Monday. From here on out, let’s have everyday be Buy Local Day. Sound good?
By now, you may have heard our message: Buying locally keeps our economy moving. Money spent locally circulates through our community, helping our economy. It’s simple.
So let’s see how you can help our local economy this holiday season.
There are soft leads, hard leads, promising leads, two-goal leads, halftime leads and newspaper ledes.
Businesses have leads, but you want customers, right? How do you take those leads and turn them into loyal, loving customers? That’s where 2011 GSI B2B East Committee Chairman and BIZStreet Advisor Greg Anderson of ActionCOACH comes in.
“We’re all salespeople,” Anderson said, while making the point that we sell ourselves first and create a relationship before anything else. “When people want to buy, you just got to realize you can help fulfill their needs.”
Read on for more tips on converting those leads.
Every company wants to get as many tax breaks as it can, right? There are well-known tax breaks, and then there are the not-so-well-known tax breaks. Brushing up on available tax breaks before visiting your CPA is important for your small business.
First of all, you need to know that the U.S. Government has tax incentives for private sector businesses. Interested? Read on.
In our ultra-digital world of webinars, conference calls and Skype, the face-to-face meeting seems fall down the list of options. Meeting in person, shaking hands and actually talking to a human you can see is still authentic and favored, one would guess.
Our BIZStreet Small Business Program gives GSI members the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a professional in a number of specialty areas. If you’re starting your own small business and need an extra mind to help guide you, take advantage of this membership benefit.
We got in touch with one of our BIZStreet Advisors, Greg Johnson of Paine Hamblen LLP, to talk law. If you’re starting your own business or are already established, pay attention to his advice on trademark law, and how you can register your business’s logo.
First was our B2B Trade Show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. 75 exhibitors showed off their latest products and services, and more than 600 people came to see what was new. There was lots of chocolate (at least six exhibitors were in the catering and/or chocolate-making business, as evidenced by the above photo) and lots of networking. Even KXLY’s Mark Peterson showed up!
The Trade Show lasted into the evening on Tuesday, and the next morning began with the opening of the WCCE Conference at The Davenport Hotel. Chamber of Commerce executives and other staff convened in our great city for three days, sharing ideas and getting updates on the business climate in the state of Washington. The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (the national organization) had its CEO, Mick Fleming, in Spokane for the conference as well.
Read on for videos from each event.