Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce
Monday News - September 25, 2015
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Call the Chamber for more information... 229-423-9357.

Save the Date!
Tuesday, October 13th

The Fitzgerald - Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce invites you to breakfast,
Tuesday, October 13, 8:30 a.m.
to make plans for the

Christmas Open House, November 8, 2015 for all retailers/restaurants
in the community.

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Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Co.
Chamber of Commerce

You are invited to attend or be part of the 2015 Christmas Parade!
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Downtown Fitzgerald!

The Fitzgerald - Ben Hill Co. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to evaluate our local licensing & permitting process for the City of Fitzgerald  and Ben Hill County.

The survey will identify opportunities and areas that may need attention. If you have applied for a business license or a permit, please take time and give your feedback about your experiences with getting a local business license and permit process.

Let the Chamber know if you would like to include your promotional items...We are running low, it's a great problem to have!!!!

Looking for that Great Christmas Gift!

Go see Broome Firearms, Inc for their NEW collection of Guns!

Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tell Harvey the Chamber sent you! 
Look what Serenity Day Spa  
has in stock!

New snoozies and aloe-infused slumber sleepers are at Serenity Day Spa! They also offer tween sizes now! Come get yours while they last.

How do I market my small business

A question we hear a lot is: how do I market my business when I have a very small marketing/advertising budget? There are many ways to do this and here are some tips that we would recommend: 
  1. Write a press release :: Send out a press release detailing your business proposition and what makes it unique. Do this often!
  2. Use Twitter :: You need to make people aware of you and your products or services. Twitter's also a fantastic way to spread discounts and offers: tweet out every time you're offering a bargain.
  3. Use Facebook :: Upload photos of your products and update your status to let customers know what you're up to.  It's another way of letting people know you exist and makes you look professional.
  4. Start a blog :: You should style yourself as an expert on your particular field or industry. It's the perfect way to enforce brand messages and engage with customers. If people read and like your posts, they'll respect your brand even more.
  5. Create a Website :: The first thing a customer will do when trying to find out about your business is Google it. An attractive website can make your business look ultra professional and should be the home of your online presence.
  6. Email marketing :: Get customers to fill in a form with their email address on it whenever they buy from you and have a 'Sign up for more information' field on your 'Contact us' page. This will help you build a list of email addresses to contact whenever you have a new product or offer.
  7. Make a memorable business card :: Business cards are cheap to make and a great way of ensuring people remember your business. When you meet potential customers at an event, give them your business card. If it's fun and memorable they may show it to friends. Effectively they're marketing your business for you.
  8. Offer a discount card :: It's a great way to reward customers for their loyalty and persuade them to keep using your business.
  9. Have happy customers write you a review and put it on your website :: Encourage customers to write a short email or letter about the positive experience they had when using your business. Put these testimonials on your website and maybe frame some exceptional ones in your shop/office. People will be more willing to use you if they see that other customers have had a positive experience.

To Grow Or Not To Grow...
Article by: David Dunn, Consultant,
SBDC Albany Office

Starting a business is a tough challenge, but there is a tougher one - growing that business successfully. In the company's beginning, you are doing most of the work, you make the decisions, and you have more control. Starting a business indeed requires long hours and lots of sacrifices, but growing the business is another great effort that requires different talents and skills.

About YOUR business?

Do you have exciting information about YOUR business?  Send it to the Chamber and we'll share it with our other members!  Email news about your business to Derinda Lewis at Keep it to 90 words or fewer and submit the information just the way you want it to appear. We reserve the right to publish as well as edit any posting.

Daily Survival Kit

Items to put in kit:  
Toothpick, Rubber band, Band aid, Pencil, Eraser,  
Chewing gum, Mint, Candy kiss, Tea bag

1. Toothpick - 
to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others  
2. Rubber band - 
to remind you to be flexible: things might not always 
 work out the way you want, but it will work out.  
3. Band aid - 
to remind you to heal hurt feelings,  
yours and someone else's  
4. Pencil - 
to remind you to list your blessings everyday  
5. Eraser - 
to remind you that everyone makes mistakes,  
and it's OK  
6. Chewing gum - 
to remind you to stick with it and  
you can accomplish anything  
7. Mint - 
to remind you that you are worth a mint!  
8. Candy kiss - 
to remind you that everyone needs a  
kiss or a hug every day  
9. Tea bag - 
to remind you to relax daily and  
go over your list of blessings

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