• Ham Lake Business Profile: Made 2 Move Chiropractic
    Made 2 Move Chiropractic is Ham Lake’s newest chiropractic clinic. Owners Dr. Carly Furney and Dr. Luke Eggerichs started the clinic in November 2017, and moved it to its current location in Ham Lake in May of this year. Chiropractic philosophy is all about holistic health. Sometimes...
  • 10 Things to Check Before Posting to Social Media
    One of the most embarrassing things you can do on social media for your business is to mess up a post. For some of us, that might be a spelling or grammar mistake, for others, it may involve a humiliating auto-correct situation. For others still, it might...
  • 6 Things to Kill in Your Business for Better Customer Service
    Surveys aren’t the way to good customer service. They might’ve been five years ago, but they’re being used with such an annoying regularity that no one wants to take part in them. But how do you improve your business’ customer service if you don’t know what your...
  • The Must-do 5-question Exercise for Creating Content Your Audience Will Love
    Everyone is a publisher these days. Even five-year-olds are creating content on their parent’s YouTube channels. But what makes the type of content that your ideal audience will share? It takes understanding your market in the same way you probably conducted initial research when you began your...
  • Employer Provided Health Insurance
    Employer provided health care didn’t start until the 1940’s and there was no overarching plan for it to be the standard. Before that time, the American public largely paid its own way where medical costs were concerned, or more likely did not pay until there was a...
  • I want to be my own boss
    I want to be my own boss When people who are looking to start their own business are asked why they want to do that, by a great margin they say “To be my own boss.” Too many prospective small business owners really believe that they will...
  • Interest Rates
      By Mel Aanerud Former Assistant District Director of the United States Small Business Administration Suggestions to help Minnesota’s small business owners and potential small business owners. Interest rates I had a banker complain to me this month that he could not make as many small business...
  • Ham Lake Business Profile: Meineke Car Care Center
    Meineke Care Care Center in Ham Lake is a family-owned and operated business that’s crafted their business model on partnership. Partnership with their customers and partnership with the Ham Lake community. Owners Mark and Barbara Koloff grew up in Anoka County and have lived in Ham Lake...
  • Small Business
    Suggestions to help Minnesota’s small business owners and potential small business owners. By Mel Aanerud, Former Assistant District Director of the United States Small Business Administration Clarity of numbers The country needs successful small businesses to create the jobs that our economy needs to prosper. Small businesses...
  • Jam Hops Owner, Brenda Nolby, is Minnesota’s Small Business Person of the Year
    Brenda Nolby, owner of Ham Lake-based Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, was chosen as the 2018 Minnesota SBA Small Business Person of the Year. The Small Business Person of the Year is selected (by the Small Business Administration) based on sales growth, increase in the number of employees,...
  • Business Profile: Holtz Landscaping, Irrigation & Garden Center
    Holtz Landscaping has been part of the local business community since 1982. Founders Tim and Gladys Holtz have expanded it over the years, and continue to run the day-to-day operations, together with several of their family members. They’re dedicated to helping beautify our community one home or...
  • Home based business: a thing of the past; a thing of the future
    By Mel Aanerud Former Assistant District Director of the United States Small Business Administration Home based business: a thing of the past; a thing of the future Home based work is the fastest growing segment of our economy, with an annual growth rate of 10% a year. ...
  • Free Money: It Doesn’t Exist
    By Mel Aanerud Former Assistant District Director of the United States Small Business Administration There are people who do late night television paid programming and others that do seminars telling the American public that there is free government money to help small business.  Some will even go...
  • New Chamber Website
    After months of behind the scenes work, the new Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website rolled out this week. Check it out at www.hamlakecc.org. You will find improved content, a list of upcoming events right on the home page, an enhanced member directory and more photos...
Blog July 17, 2017