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This year has been a little more difficult to figure out new year’s resolutions. Part of that is because we’re all still reeling from the “lessons” we learned in 2020. Even the best prepared businesses lacked preparation for a global pandemic. Still, the new year is a great time to reexamine what you’ve been doing…

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We are only a handful of days away from Christmas. And while it may feel like the holiday season revenue has already been decided with everyone from the post office to mail-order businesses saying there’s no way they can meet Christmas deadlines, now is the time that local small businesses can shine. If this holiday season…

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This has certainly been a weird year. As of this writing, we’re preparing for another round of sheltering in place. As we begin to adjust to our new reality, there are some things you could be doing in your business that may help you out in the post-COVID time. We can’t say it will ever be…

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The next couple of months will be telling ones. With a state-wide curfew going into effect, this article will give you some advice for overcoming potential slower business times. Ditch Your Space This advice may not make landlords happy, but there are some businesses that just don’t require storefronts anymore. One way to survive tough…

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As of this writing, Alameda restaurants are open for pick-up and takeout but not open for dining in. But as we’re reopening in a phased approach, eventually we will open our dining room doors again. When we do, it’s important to know that “open” isn’t as easy as flipping a switch. There are some things…

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career change

There’s been a lot of information about the need to pivot during COVID-19. Many businesses have switched what they produced or altered their services to fit the new demands of their audience. But sometimes it’s not your business that needs to pivot. A career change might be something you’ve been thinking about doing professionally.  If…

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business assistance

2020 has been tough. When it all began, some of you likely believed it would be over by now but many businesses are still struggling. That’s why we want to call attention to the ways the Alameda Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance for business. Advocacy How many legislators and people in government do you…

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Business planning during COVID is exhausting. As soon as you come up with an idea or a situation where you can pivot to better serve your customers, the environment changes. If only you had an understanding of what would happen in the future. But you can get more visibility into the future. Here’s how you…

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Are you tired of the words “new normal” yet?   If you’re like most business owners, you probably are. But whether we recognize it as a new shift in how we do business or a temporary tack you take to survive the current economic storm, the point is how you do business has to change if you…

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Six months into the COVID pandemic and we’re all still trying to figure out what’s going on. What is this COVID business? Should masks be required? Will kids be going back to school? Do we need goggles?  What we do know is that a lot of customers are concerned about their health and the health…

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