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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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President’s Message

This year we launched the inaugural session of Leadership Alameda. This program was designed to introduce current and future leaders to the many facets and industries here on the island. It has been a tremendous success with 20 professionals completing the program in the next few months. We will soon be readying materials for our…

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President’s Message

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One of the most important aspects of a thriving community is its people. Those currently leading and working and those who will go on to do this in the future. That’s why investments in workforce development and education are vital to economic development. Several years ago, there was a Fortune 500 company that was looking…

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President’s Message

I hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s certainly been a beautiful one. At the end of June, we celebrated 15 of our best and brightest seniors who won the Alameda Foundation’s Scholarship Awards. They each received a check to help defer the cost of the next step in their education. What an exciting time!…

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How Can the Chamber of Commerce Help Your Business?

This week, I saw a video on Smallbiztrends.com that advised that for a small business to get the most value out of a chamber of commerce membership, it shouldn’t ask about what the benefits are, but rather ask themselves “how can I help the chamber help me.” Help the Chamber Help You There are many benefits behind…

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President’s Message

Tomorrow is our job fair co-hosted by the Alameda Emerging Leaders Group. I’ve been thinking a lot about the workforce and its needs these days. Finding the right employee is critical to the success of any business as is holding onto those employees. You can have a fantastic service or product, the best in the…

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President’s Message

Are you a Warriors fan? Of course, right? Who wouldn’t be after that win? The final game just happened to fall on the night of our Business Excellence Awards and we were–literally–at sea. With no internet on the ship, we quickly grabbed a laptop and used a phone as a hotspot and streamed the game.…

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