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What Does It Mean to Be a Chamber Member?

The Hidden Value Behind Chamber Membership Traditionally, a chamber of commerce is a membership organization that supports the interests of its business members. It is not affiliated with the government, nor is it a charity. The chamber is separate from the Better Business Bureau. Now that we’ve explained the traditional notion of chamber membership, let’s…

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What’s in Chamber Membership for You? Hint: it’s more than just a ribbon cutting

Years ago, businesspeople joined the chamber because it was expected. It was just something you did. These days membership isn’t automatic for most people but it’s still a valuable investment in your business. In addition to networking events and ribbon cuttings, the Alameda Chamber offers a lot of benefits–things you can’t do for yourself. Plus,…

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3 Reasons to Join the Chamber in a Time of Economic Uncertainty

Times of economic uncertainty don’t drive anyone to look for new ways to spend money. But some investments in your business–even when you’re worried about cash flow–are worth the return. Without those necessities—be they software or services—you couldn’t operate. Chamber membership is one of those necessary business investments and here’s why: Uncertain Times Mean Unprecedented…

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Ten 2023 Trends Hand-picked for Small Business

Whether you sell food, things, or services, we’ve brought together a round-up of trends that you can incorporate into your business in 2023 for increased revenue and better market traction. Ten 2023 Trends for Small Business According to Architectural Digest, kitsch is in. From vacation rentals to home décor, over-the-top is just the beginning. Climatarianism is the new…

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President’s Message

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here! Are you finished with your shopping? Every year I tell myself I’ll get to things earlier because, let’s face it, December has a way of evaporating quickly. December 1 feels like it’s the beginning of the holiday season and then all of a sudden it seems too late to…

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President’s Message

This Wednesday is Support Your Local Chamber Day. We sure do love our members but to ask you to “support” us is off-target. We’re here to support you. When you join the chamber, you are making an investment in your business with increased marketing, networking, exposure, and education opportunities. It’s one of the most economical…

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4 Ways to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Two friends gathered on a porch after a long day’s work. The one friend’s old dog came to join them. The hound circled the area a few times and laid down on a popped-up nail on the decking. The friends shook their heads because the dog did this same thing every night.  “Why do you…

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President’s Message

Are you looking ahead to 2023 or are you still figuring out 2022? Next week we enter the 4th quarter, and if you haven’t done so, it’s time to review (2022) and plan for 2023. We’ve designed a Strategic Plan to direct the chamber in allocating time and resources. It just makes life easier knowing…

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Is It Time to Join Forces with Another Business?

Are you old enough to remember the super heroes called the Wonder Twins? They would join forces and utter those magical words “Wonder Twin powers activate!” Sure, there were often comical results but both characters used their strengths to save the day. The same is happening with businesses these days. We’re seeing a lot of…

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7 Tips for Improving Your Local Search Ranking

Most businesses want to improve their search engine optimization (SEO). Doing so means more customers at less cost, and almost everyone wants more customers and doesn’t want to pay a lot to acquire them. But how you improve your organic reach on a global scale is very different from how you do it on a…

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