• HLACC is Hiring
    The Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is sad to announce the resignation of our Executive Director, Shana Schmitz. Shana has been an outstanding contributor to the Chamber for the past 4.5 years, and she has helped grow membership, add events, improve our social media footprint, streamline processes and...
  • How to Cope in a Lone Wolf Business
    Making ends meet is top of mind for a lot of business owners and employees these days. Even if your business is open, reduced revenue may make it necessary to furlough employees. Rather than close altogether, many small business owners have decided to move to a one-person...
  • How to Build a Tribe for Your Business
    Have you ever noticed that there are influencers on social media who mention an item and no sooner than they do it sells out? The cynical side of me believes there are certain people out there who could talk about how chic dust bunnies are and suddenly...
  • Support Business Letter to Ham Lake Mayor and City Council
    May 15, 2020 Dear Mayor Van Kirk, Council Member Doyle, Council Member Kirkeide, Council Member Kirkham, Council Member Johnson: The business community needs the Ham Lake Mayor and City Council to act now. As the Executive Director of the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, I am...
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Creating an Online Course for Your Business
    If your business is shut down or you’re just looking for new streams of revenue, a popular idea is course creation. This could be a course that showcases your knowledge on a subject, a course that is designed to complement whatever it is you sell, or a...
  • 5 Ideas for Using Video to Save Your Business
    Economic difficulties aside, this is an exciting time for businesses and marketing. No, really. It can be. We’ve been forced to try innovations we may have only talked about previously. Some of these include allowing our employees to work from home, finding new ways to engage with...
  • 10 Tips for the Best Darn Pandemic-driven Virtual Networking
    1. Introduce Yourself and Reach Out to Others  Most virtual networking events will begin with an icebreaker or chat as we wait for people to join. Many participants will answer the question the host asks but few try to engage with one another during this time.  If...
  • Marketing During the Pandemic: 7 Things You Need to Be Doing
    Are you still marketing your business in the same way you were prior to the virus? I’m not asking about the content you post or what’s in your ads. What marketing channels are you using? If your business is still open, and you want it to remain...
  • 4 Ways to Look Your Best on a Video Conference Call
    Be honest. Do you love or hate video conferencing? There’s nothing more awkward than dialing in to a conference call only to find out it’s a video conference call and you haven’t showered since the weekend. Even if you have showered, video calls can be awkward and...
  • Chamber Membership: The Best Investment You Can Make in Your Early Career
    Some people think chamber membership is outdated, like it’s something their grandparents used to do. Maybe you and your friends even feel that way. You might think that you can do all the networking you need to do online. You may even have hundreds of thousands of...
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of an Effective Business Apology
    Have you ever had to say you’re sorry? Sometimes it’s difficult to even when you’re in the wrong. From apologizing to an employee you’ve overlooked to a customer who didn’t receive the experience you wish they’d had to a public relations snafu, the need for a business...
  • I Would Come to a Chamber Event but…
    How do you feel about walking into a room of strangers? Energized? scared? awkward? While we can’t tell you how to feel, here at the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce we can promise you will never be alone at an event…unless that’s totally your thing. If...
  • Welcome to the Side Hustle: Creating an Alternative Revenue Stream for Your Business
    If your business isn’t bringing in the revenue you’d like and you’ve tried different discounts and purchase options, it may be time to consider what the business world is now referring to as a “side hustle.”  For purposes of this article, we’re not going to cover starting...
  • Why You Absolutely Need to Start Using Customer Data (and 4 clever ways to do so)
    Do you have a home assistant? I’m not talking about an Alfred to your Bruce Wayne. No, I mean like Siri, Alexa, or Google home. Have you traded your privacy for convenience? It’s likely many of your customers have and if that’s the case, their consumer expectations...
  • 5 Tips for Decluttering Your Office for More Peace of Mind
    I have a friend who used to say “never have more personal things in your office than you can tuck under your arm.” He believed in a fast getaway and joked about never wanting to have to pack up a box and be escorted out of the...
Blog July 17, 2017