• New in Town? Tips to Help Your New Business (and you) Fit In.
    Starting a new business can be challenging, but it can be even more difficult if you are new to the community. In some areas being the “new business (or business owner) on the block” is a designation that doesn’t last long (in large cities with transient populations,...
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Become an Entrepreneur?
    Do you have dreams about owning your own business or becoming part of the gig economy? Making your own hours? Working from wherever you want? Then you’re not alone. There are an estimated 582 million entrepreneurs (about 775,000 of them in the US) already working for themselves....
  • Dealing with Angry Customers When You’re Short Staffed
    The scene is a common one these days. Lines of people waiting to pay in a restaurant, retail establishment, or grocery store. Tempers flare. Customers yell at staff and wonder why there’s only one person checking people out. Your staff thinks, “Who needs this?” and they’re not...
  • 5 Creative Ways to Find Employees Post-Pandemic
    Let’s face it. You can’t throw a rock these days without hitting a help wanted sign. If someone wants to work, there is little stopping them on the employer side. (There may be things like childcare or scheduling on the employee’s side but that’s another article.) If...
  • 4 Spring Cleaning Data Tips for More Sales
    While we are quickly heading toward the heat of summer, there’s still time to do some spring cleaning with your data. A nice clean email list can help you make the most of your ecommerce and increase summer sales. Let’s get started. Ways to Spruce Up Your...
  • Building Trust in a Post-Pandemic World
    If you were paying attention this week, you undoubtedly heard about the “gas crisis” where a cyberattack crippled a major pipeline. As if that wasn’t bad enough, consumers across the country panicked, running to the gas station to fill up whatever container they had, creating a gas...
  • Master the Basics of Good Content to Increase Sales
    Writing is difficult for a lot of people. You may worry about your mastery of grammar or vocabulary. Maybe you just don’t think you have anything interesting to say. But if you have something to sell, you need to learn the basics of good copy, at least...
  • 50 Social Media Questions for Awesome Engagement
    On social media you need interaction. Without it, your content won’t get seen by your audience. But getting people to interact can be a challenge. But not anymore! Here are 50 conversation starters for your business. That’s about two months of work-week posts already done for you!...
  • 6 Email Subject Lines That Get Clicks
    Your email content can be the best ever but if people don’t open your emails, the emails might as well be blank. Two things make recipients click: who it’s from and how appealing the subject line is. In that order. That’s one reason I advise businesses to...
  • Why You Need Someone in Charge of Employee Engagement Immediately
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, engagement is critical to your business. Now more than ever. It’s so important that I wish I could create a new name for it so people would pay more attention. Being told you need to engage your audience...
  • 3 Solutions to Common Hiring Problems
    Some businesses are saying we are in the midst of a secondary pandemic. But it’s not the kind that requires masks and handwashing. No, this one is harder to control. There is a dearth of people willing (or able) to work for a multitude of reasons. Employers...
  • How COVID is Changing the State of Work
    Are you ready to return to normal yet? If “normal” means life without COVID, we’re not that far away from herd immunity. But if your definition of normal is getting back to how things used to be before the pandemic, I’m afraid that likely isn’t happening. The...
  • 25 Marketing Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today
    Hope seems to be a big word these days. It’s taken the place of pivot. People are hopeful aboutrecovery. People are hopeful about things returning to normal in the foreseeable future. Andpeople are hopeful they can soon travel and visit loved ones they haven’t seen for a...
  • 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...
Blog July 17, 2017