Author Archives: Laurie Tarter

Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC)

The Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce is committed to always try to act like afirst responder to the Wilsonville Business Community. In this time of economic uncertainty, the Chamber knows that the one thing you need right now to keep your business afloat is cash, period. To do something about this, we, along with over 90 chambers of commerce and business association, have joined the Save Small Business Coalition (SSBC).

Many businesses do not qualify for disaster loan programs and some can’t afford to incur additional debt. The SSBC believes that with a federally funded backstop to cover the business continuity expenses through defined grants to impacted business owners, insurance carriers and agents could potentially act as a distribution center for funds and likely help define the terms of the grants based on their experience as claims payors and policy writers.… Read the rest

Set Yourself Up for Success in Health and Business

On March 25th we joined together for a Virtual Morning Spark.

Dr. April Voves Meadows Health and Wellness discussed best practices to stay healthy and interact with your doctors during the pandemic.

Laurie Tarter LLC brought out her business toolbox to show you how you can use your new, spare time to get ahead. Ways you can make your business better for the future include:

  1. Write a review for a local small business
  2. Client Reviews
  3. Gratitude
  4. Social media library
  5. Build your followers on social media
  6. Join Social Media Groups  
  7. LinkedIn
  8. Refresh your website
  9. Do you have a Newsletter?
  10. Update your Database or implement a CRM system to improve customer tracking
  11. Get organized | office repairs
  12. Keep a routine
  13. Education!
  14. Cross-Promote
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Staffing Tips in the Midst of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has economic impacts as businesses either lose customers, lose part of their supply chain or anticipate a slowdown of business in upcoming months.

Since payroll is one of the largest expenses for most businesses you may be looking at your staffing levels. In this video, we discuss:

• Adjusting staffing for Coronavirus: scheduling adjustments or work from home plans
• Things to consider if you need to do a layoff or reduction in force (and what the difference is)

Thank you to Darcey McAllister with HRT Northwest for some great tips on how to weigh the options and best meet the staffing reduction challenges caused by COVID-19!… Read the rest

Holiday Tip: Customer Appreciation

Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member
Laurie Tarter of Laurie Tarter, LLC

The holidays are a great time for businesses and nonprofits to express appreciation and connect with customers, donors, and clients in a more personal way. Instead of your standard social media post with the same old boring and predictable graphic, share a heartwarming video to express your appreciation. A holiday video can bring a smile, a laugh, make someone tear-up, or simply remind your customers of the great things you’ve shared this year. Either way, it’s much more memorable than a simple picture or text.  A bonus for creating a video is that you can also load it on your website and share it in an email too!

It does not have to be a professional production… use your phone and make it festive and fun!… Read the rest