Small Business Services

The Small Business Committee has developed key programs specifically designed to strengthen the fundamentals of small business. We call it BizToaster "It's your business...well done." 


SMALL BUSINESS UNIVERSITY

Eight sessions, two hours each, covering subjects that matter most to small businesses. Sessions 
run September 2018 through April 2019 and take place on the second Thursday of each month at the chamber office.

> $299 for Non-Chamber Members
> $250 for Chamber Members

SESSION 1: LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY
SEPTEMBER 13  |  11AM - 1PM  by Ray Montgomery & Randy McLeod
Employees are an organization’s most vital resource. This talk will focus on principles that will help leaders maximize that resource. There are a combination of skills and techniques discussed within the session that will help leaders build relationships and ensure maximum results.

SESSION 2: DREAM IT. DO IT.
OCTOBER 11  |  11AM - 1PM  by Brooks Davis
Entrepreneurial Business and Succession Planning. Organize your business plan in a logical way using Lean Canvas to steer your company toward its goals and track progress, expectations and accountability.

SESSION 3: EVERY PENNY COUNTS
NOVEMBER 8  |  11AM - 1PM  by Ken Olree
Business Budgeting and Financial Management Tips. Master basic financial terms, phrases and budgeting concepts; build an effective budget; anticipate surprise expenses; and learn the nuts and bolts of strategic budget planning.

SESSION 4: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION TO CUSTOMER LOYALTY
DECEMBER 13  |  11AM - 1PM  by David Kee
Empower your employees to be your company’s greatest asset by intentionally focusing on building loyalty through positively outrageous service, improved customer-relations skills, manners, social cues and attitudes.

SESSION 5: COMPLIANCE AND NEGOTIATIONS 101
JANUARY 10  |  11AM - 1PM  by Daniel Brock and Mark Davis
Insider tips to ensure your business is competitive while following the rules. Learn the legal do’s and don’ts of operating your business through a corporation or limited liability company, protecting your personal assets from your business liabilities, differentiating between employees and independent contractors and more.

SESSION 6: HR PRO TIPS
FEBRUARY 14  |  11AM - 1PM  by Amanda Stanisor
Learn to be proactive in creating a culture that encourages employee engagement. Take steps to attract and retain skilled employees, conduct effective performance reviews and create a culture of accountability.

SESSION 7: DIGITAL MARKETING ESSENTIALS
MARCH 14  |  11AM - 1PM  by Think Idea Studio
Facebook is a powerful social media marketing tool for small businesses. We will reveal an easy-to-follow Facebook marketing strategy that empowers you to craft posts that convert while working within the Facebook algorithm.

SESSION 8: 10 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS IN 50 MINUTES
APRIL 11  |  11AM - 1PM  Panel Discussion
Best Practices in tech, operations and systems. Streamline tasks, increase productivity and make work fun via apps & software.

Click Here to Sign Up for the Small Business University

 

CONSULTANTS' CLUB 

The Consultants’ Club is a FREE service to member and non-member organizations to assist in clarifying business goals and acquire the knowledge, resources and perspective to meet them.

Non-chamber members may access the program at no charge for one session; additional sessions will be available upon joining the chamber.

HOW IT WORKS:


Have lunch...on us! After answering some questions on our online form about your business needs, you will be invited to a casual lunch meeting with a handful of strategic thought partners from differing business backgrounds to chat with you about your points of interest. There’s no pressure and all information is confidential.


The consultants offer unique insights based on their own experiences and are passionate about supporting Searcy businesses. You will walk away with some informal feedback and will receive a follow up list of resources to assist you in your pursuit of success.

Click Here to Sign Up for a Consultants' Club Session

 

MENTOR PROGRAM 

When you run a small business, you wear a lot of hats and make a zillion decisions. The good news is ... you don’t have to figure everything out alone! Ask about connecting with one of our Small Business Mentors. We pair you with someone who has industry experience who can be a sounding board for the “What should I do?” questions.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trusted mentor to reach out to while navigating the challenges of growing your business?

Click Here to Sign Up to be Paired with a Mentor 

 

 

MICRO CAMPAIGNS

We want the community to be thinking “Shop Local” year-round. Monthly micro campaigns are content marketing campaigns utilizing talented PR students from Harding University to generate content centered on a theme each month that highlights chamber businesses and encourages shopping local.


Content generated will be dispersed through the chamber’s social media, chamber e-mail blasts, The Daily Citizen, Searcy.com, and others. Chamber staff will select chamber member businesses that will match up with the theme each month. The content generated also provides assets for the chamber members to utilize for their own marketing purposes.


CASH MOB EVENTS

We each do a little. We all do a lot! The Searcy Cash Mob is a group of women who love our town and want to see local businesses succeed. We will periodically post on our Facebook group page places and times to meet up and shop, eat or do something.

The idea is to boost local boutiques, shops, restaurants and other points of interest by coming together to shop. It is a great way to have a night out and make new friends. Invite others to join our group; we plan to meet up once or twice a month. Don't worry, we will give the shops a heads up that we are coming. Let's make a big impact for Searcy's local businesses!

5-STAR CLUB
Online reviews of businesses are so important when consumers are deciding where to eat and shop. These reviews are present on Facebook, Google and many apps. The 5-Star Club works in cooperation with the Cash Mob events.

Host shops will hand out 5-Star rating cards to encourage shoppers to take a moment to rate them on Facebook, Google, Bing, and apps specific to their type of business. Many of us have positive opinions about local businesses, but we forget to take a second to give an online review. It's quick, easy and can make a BIG difference! 


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