Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 13:46

Today’s trend of overscheduling is taking its toll on all of us. From work hours that go well over the traditional 8-hour work day to shuttling children or grandchildren to all their different activities; from time volunteering to time dedicated to professional development, who has the hours for networking at a scheduled event? Very few of us.

Yet if you want to grow your business and improve referrals, you have to go out and meet people. Or do you? Is it possible to network online and get the same benefits from it?

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:29

There’s a lot of talk about making life easier–getting rid of clutter, buying less, not making things so complicated. We carry around a powerful multi-tasker that takes pictures, does our banking, keeps us on schedule, and makes phone calls. Some people are even moving to 300 square feet homes to minimize the things in their lives.

Yes, simple is in. But is it time to simplify your business?

The answer is probably yes.

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 11:42

David and Goliath is a great story, but let’s be honest, when it comes to small business the story often doesn’t have the same ending. We’ve watched it as local bookstores go out of business thanks to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. We saw the local grocer close up shop to “spend more time with family.” But often it’s impossible to compete with the loss leaders of big stores and businesses.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Small businesses (under 150 employees) have several advantages over their larger competition. They just need to know how to leverage them.   

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 13:11

If you own a business or work for one, I’m hoping it’s a social one. I’m hoping you’ve embraced at least one social media platform and are working hard to engage and connect on it. If not, go do that. If you already are, you should appreciate this list of the worst advice out there for social businesses.

Try it All

Some businesses are so excited about every social platform that they get out there every time a new shiny object shows up. Vine, My Space, Eons, and Orkut appreciate your efforts. (Sorry, a little social media humor.)

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 14:01

From Thanksgiving to Christmas there’s a battle that occurs for consumer dollars. The big guy against the little guy, the brick-and-mortar versus the online retailer, everyone is looking for a bigger piece of the pie. It’s time to start thinking about your holiday marketing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:27

Keep Tigard-Tualatin a Great Place to Live, Work and Do Business

The boards of the Tigard and Tualatin Chambers of Commerce have voted to endorse the Tigard-Tualatin School District Bond Measure.

This measure would:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:12

Tigard Chamber says vote YES on Measure 34-255

A YES vote on Measure 34-255 will allow the City to support extending light rail service to Tigard.  It enables us to participate in ongoing conversations and solutions to manage transit and congestion within and through Tigard and the SW Corridor.  A YES vote does not increase taxes or fees, a vote would be required in the future for any tax increase.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 18:06

Tigard Chamber Urges “NO” Vote on Measure 97

Vote NO on 97 to protect small and large business from unfair taxation, preserve the backbone of Oregon’s local economy and save jobs!

Measure 97 is poorly thought out and will harm the Oregon business economy.

Measure 97 is poorly thought out because it imposes a tax on gross sales instead of profits. Measure 97 harms businesses large and small.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 13:59

Search engine optimization is like weather forecasting without models and data. You open up your window and look around. You make plans and try things and look for patterns.

There are people who are happy to give you tips, and there are best practices, but ultimately it’s something that’s always evolving as algorithms are anything but constant. However, optimizing your content and site to place well is essential to minimizing your marketing spend on getting found. Here are a few tips to make your small business competitive on a local level.

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 11:28

Two friends gather on a porch after a long day’s work. The one friend’s old dog comes to join them. The hound circles the area a few times and lays down right on the one popped-up nail on the decking. The friends shake their heads because the dog does this same thing every night.

“Why do you think he does that? There’s a whole porch and he chooses the spot with the popped up nail. Think he’s trying to tell me something?” the owner asked his friend.

The friend shook his head.