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

Productivity Tips on Working Remotely

Are you working remotely? Business owners and managers who want to ensure that their teams who are new to remote working are being effective, efficient and yes even happy, should check out these productivity tips.

Thanks to Chamber member and HR expert Darcey McAllister with HRT Northwest.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

Someone Else’s Hero

WHAT IS CHRONIC/INVISIBLE ILLNESS? MEMBER BLOG CONTRIBUTED BY DEBORAH TUTTLE-NEEF of AN ENDURING NEW COMPASS

An invisible illness is a term for any medical condition that isn’t easily visible to others. Just because you cannot see a person’s illness doesn’t mean they don’t have one; Just because symptoms aren’t physically there when looking at a person struggling, doesn’t mean they are not struggling internally. Chronic/invisible illnesses have no cure and tend to ebb and flow in severity — some days, weeks, and months go really well, and during others it’s difficult to work, socialize, and function, confusing those who can’t “see” why one day is good and another a challenge. This includes chronic physical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and others (see a short list below).… Read the rest