How to Upload and Manage Events

Are you planning a community event? Share it with your fellow Chamber members by adding general information about the upcoming event to Chamber Master. Get the new out today! Inform Chamber members about your event and have a great turn out.

Step 1: Click on the Events tab

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Step 2: Click on the Add Events tab

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To add an event click on the Add Event tab. You can also manage all your event postings by clicking on the Manage Events tab.

Step 3: Enter all General information about the event

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Add all the general information about your event here.

Step 4: Add event details

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Add the detailed description about your event here. Add the location, date, time, fees, administration, and contact information.

Step 5: Select Category

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Select the event categories so that members can search and find the event per category.

Step 6: Photo and Image Selection

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Post the main event image, search result logo and gallery images to enrich your event page.

Step 7: Map Integration

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Integrate a google image or upload a map image to display the event location.

Step 8: Video Integration

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Link a YouTube video to your event page for extra media enrichment. Save the event page as a draft for future editing or submit for approval.

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How to Refer a Business

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Are you enjoying your experience as a Chamber member?

Your business has communicated its needs with the Chamber staff and received tremendous results. Now that you have taken advantage of our many offers and received the best use of your Chamber membership, try referring a business of your choice for membership.

The Chamber of Commerce is the place for business owners and businesses to make the necessary connections to grow, succeed and thrive. We are committed to strengthening Mecosta County’s business environment and quality of life.

Refer a business today! Go to the Chamber Master website and help other business owners make the same wise investment you did. Not sure how to refer a business on our site? Here is our how to guide to get you started.

Step 1: Click on the Refer a Business for Membership tab

RMClick on Refer a Business for  Member tab to refer a business to the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Step 2: Fill in the fields as needed then submit

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Fill in all the information and submit the referral.

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How to Create a Job Posting

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Does your business have a job opening that needs to be filled?

Post your job opening on Chamber Master today! Get the word out about the position in which your business is hiring. Leave a detailed description about the position and contact information for those who might be interested.

Why would I want to utilize this?

The Job Posting portion of our website is updated frequently, so people are ALWAYS checking it. This is a great opportunity to gain future employees.

Not sure how to create a job posting? Don’t you worry! Our how to guide is here.

Step 1: Click on the Job Postings tab

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Step 2: Click on the Add Job Posting tab

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To add a job posting click on the job posting tab. You can also manage all your job postings by clicking on the manage job posting tab.

Step 3: Add General Information and Category

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Add job information here and select your categories.

Step 4: Add all needed contact information

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Add your contact information to the job posting here.

Step 5: Select the desired dates and images then submit

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Select the dates that the job posting must be posted for here. Add any images that you require here. Save the job posting as a draft for further editing or click submit to post the job ad.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

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Are you thinking about bringing your new business plan to life? Did you recently present a grand opening event at your new local shop? While starting your first business, you are likely to make some mistakes during your new journey. How awesome would it be if you were informed about some of these possible mistakes so that you could avoid them? Here are five errors you can avoid just by knowing about them:

1. Not Thinking Through Your Business Name

As a new business owner it is important to make sure others in your industry aren’t using the same business name. Spend the necessary time to come up with a few memorable names and do your research. You want your business to appear at the top of search results, no one wants to find their business eight pages later on google. Your name should be classic, easy to spell and memorable.

2. Not Having A Website

Half of small businesses don’t invest in making a website. In this day and age, social media usage is growing more and more. Your business can’t afford to not have a website. Creating your own personal website can cost you a little to nothing. Search the web for template site builders (wix.com, weebly.com, or wordpress.com just to name a few) or simple content manage systems to start building your business website today. Now, you are probably wondering about the maintenance needed to run this business site of yours. A little ongoing effort can keep your website remaining relevant in search results and looking appealing for your clients.

3. Not Having A Business Plan

Do you think your little local business isn’t big enough to incorporate a business plan? If you answered yes, then you are wrong. Every business needs a business plan even if it is a two-page document outlining your goals. Over time you can refer to your business plan to ensure that you’re staying on track.

4. Not Marketing

So your business is booming after the grand opening, but that doesn’t mean stop marketing. Smart business owners market even when they don’t need it. Your business may be doing well right now, but in a few months that could change. The key with marketing, even when you don’t need it, is that it will ensure customers are coming to your business all year round. Remember to never use just one outlet to market your business.

5. Not Networking

Get out and meet new people! It’s easy to stay in the office and focus on business, especially if you are running a home-based business. Networking can possibly help you bring new customers to your business, but it can also connect you with others in your industry who can serve as a mentor.

Tip– There is always room to grow in your industry. Never stop learning and developing or it could be deadly for your business. Find new ways to be relevant to your audience and improve and expand your product line.

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8 Tips for Launching a Successful Home Business

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Could you be setting your home business up for failure? While you are sitting at home on your laptop responding to emails and serving clients, are you being sidetracked by all the pitfalls and distractions in your home? Here are a few tips that will ensure that you stay focused on your business while working from home.

1. Create An Office

It is easy to end up working on the couch, watching television, while running your business from home on your laptop. As a business owner this is not the ideal setup for someone who plans to succeed. Creating a designated office space will provide you with a better working environment with less distractions. You don’t have to have a spare room in your house to convert to an office. A section of a room will do or even a closet.

2. Set Office Hours Ground Rules

Often times while working at home, you end up running errands, cooking for your family, dealing with the cable man, or folding laundry. Sit down with your family and create office hour rules. Your family needs to respect the fact that you will be working from home. Explain that you want to focus on work during certain hours of the day, and let them know when you will become available to them.

3. Provide Child Care Assistance

Having children around while working on your business can lead to you being unfocused. If you have little children they may try to get your attention by tugging on your clothes or crawling in your lap. Hiring a babysitter or putting the children in daycare for a few hours will help you divide your time and focus on one task at a time.

4. Treat It Like A Real Business

Many people don’t consider a home-based business as being a real job. Treat your business like a real job, invest in something like a professional website and the right business structure to ensure that you succeed.

5. Friend Times VS. Work Time

We all have that one friend that likes to come visit us while we are at work. Let your friends know that you are running a home business but you don’t want them showing up uninvited to gossip on their lunch break or to have coffee. They need to respect your business hours just like your family members.

6. Have An Occasional Get Away

We tend to stay isolated when working from home. Get out and surround yourself with others, it’s good for you. Try attending local business networking events each month. Networking can possibly provide you with new business. Working from your local coffee shop from time to time could be a great way for you to treat yourself after working so hard from home.

7. Grow Your Skills

Stay up to date with your business skills. Read blogs, books, magazines, and even take online webinars, or face to face education course.

8. Build Your Online Community

Connect with other entrepreneurs who work from home to avoid the feeling of isolation. With the use of social media and online forums you can connect with individuals in your field.

  • Remember to set your business up for success by giving it your attention and avoid distractions.

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How to Create a Hot Deal

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What are HOT DEALS?

Hot Deals are coupon postings, to the Mecosta County Chamber’s website, that can be printed and presented to member businesses.

Why would I want to utilize this?

The Hot Deals portion of our website is updated frequently, so people are ALWAYS checking it. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure, to the community, about any sales or coupons your business has to offer. Hot Deals are merely another advertising opportunity provided, to you, free of charge!

That sounds cool! How do I submit my HOT DEAL?

It’s very simple! All you have to do is log into our website with your username and password, click on the HOT DEALS tab, click ADD HOT DEAL, fill out your deal information and click submit!

Not computer savvy? Have no fear! Our how to guide is finally here.

Step 1: Click on the Hot Deal tab

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Step 2: Click on the Add Hot Deal tab

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To add a Hot Deal click on the Add Hot Deal tab. You can also manage all your Hot Deal postings by clicking on the Manage Hot Deals tab.

Step 3: Fill in the General Information

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Add the general information about the hot deal here and select a category.

Step 4:  Add all needed details to the Hot Deal

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Add all the details about the hot deal here including text, images, and links.

Step 5: Add your offer start and end date and add an image

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Select the start and end date of the offer and add an image of the product or service here.

Step 6: Add all contact details and the publish start and end date

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Add all your contact details here. Select the dates that you want your hot deal to be published. Save the hot deal as a draft for further editing or click submit for approval.

  • Members are always checking our site for coupons so make sure that you utilize the Hot Deals portion.

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Tips for Dealing with Workplace Conflict

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Imagine that you have just missed a project deadline at your workplace because your co-worker didn’t finish his or her portion on time?  If you were put in this situation what would you do? What would you say to your co-worker?

Not knowing how to handle discord as it occurs in the workplace can lead to frustration. Here are some tips to help you address conflict head on.

1. Know your conflict style 

Many people try to avoid conflict because it scares them. How many times have you witnessed a professional self-destruct because he or she wouldn’t engage out of fear of conflict? The most effective way to deal with conflict, is by knowing how to properly approach a conflict situation. Instead of letting an issue manifest, you should use a conflict style that best fits you to solve the problem. Here are the five conflict styles that everyone should know: compromising, accommodating, collaborating, competing, and avoiding. For those that do not know which style best fits or describes you, here is a link to where you can take an online style assessment http://www.buildingpeace.org/act-build-peace/learn/conflict-styles

2.  Know styles may vary form one situation to the next 

Each conflict style has it’s own advantages and limitations. No conflict style is more right or wrong than the other. Each style should be used at a specific place and time. Being aware of your own conflict style, is the first step for improving how you view and deal with conflict. Knowing how to identify others’ conflict styles could be very beneficial for you and your workplace. If you can observe how a person conducts themselves during discord and identify his or her style, you can better reach a mutually agreeable outcome for all parties involved in a conflict situation.

3.  Use I-Statements

When approaching conflict in terms of reaching a resolution, the use of an I-Statement can help create a less defensive response from the person whom you are in conflict with. I-Statements consist of stating how you feel, a description of the individuals behavior, and an explanation to why their behavior lead you to feel this way. When stating your emotion or feeling, it must be expressed by saying, “I feel,” followed by the emotion. An example would be, “I feel angry.”

After acknowledging your emotion, include the person’s observable behavior related to your feelings. When stating their behavior steer away from making assumptions, judgments, criticisms, and threats. A behavioral statement includes, “when you procrastinate at work instead of planning ahead on our group task.”

Immediately followed by your behavioral statement, the conditions in which lead you to feel the emotion you felt should be stated. Be careful, you do not want to repeat your feeling here. An explanation statement includes, “because then I have to pick up your slack to get the work done on time.”

The example of an I-Statement put all together

I feel angry (feelings) when you procrastinate at work instead of planning ahead on our group task (behavior) because then I have to pick up your slack to get the work done on time (why).

Benefits of I-Statements

If used in the work place by professionals, I-Statements creates a less hostile way to express a feeling of emotion you’re experiencing. I-Statements are also a more appropriate way to inform an individual about their behavior that caused the issue. These statements avoid blaming others for how you feel and minimize making the person you are in conflict with feel resentment, guilty, or put down.