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5 Professionals You Need on Your Small Business Team

If you’re a small business owner without the resources to hire a large full-time business team, you can still meet your business needs through freelancing or turning to independent business professionals. This can be an economical way to accomplish your goals without having to cover the cost of full-time employees.  5 Professionals Every Small Business…

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6 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out During a Local Event

Here in Alameda we have several downtown events, including our upcoming July 4th Parade, where we close off streets and encourage people to get out and support business. These events often bring the crowds but also bring “tire kickers,” people who are just out for a stroll, not always interested in what you sell. They’re…

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President’s Message

The first week of May is National Small Business Week where the nation celebrates the contributions of small businesses to our communities. Here in Alameda, we are fortunate to have many unique and passionate small business owners and operators. And we added to those numbers of small businesses even through the pandemic. This year’s Small…

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The Largest Unused Advantage Small Businesses Have Over Box Stores 

Some days it feels hard to compete with the loss leaders that big box stores employ, the operating hours they’re able to keep, the programs, their ad budget, their marketing…the list goes on. But small businesses do have an advantage box stores don’t and it’s one that’s rarely used.  Small businesses have a community connection.…

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President’s Message

There are a lot of ideas being tossed around right now regarding the “Great Reshuffle,” where people are leaving the traditional workplace in droves. Some are starting their own business, others are freelancing, some are going to work in smaller startups where they’ll have more say and flexibility. We’re seeing a dynamic change in the…

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10 Things to Do for Your Business Instead of Watching TV

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. While we may have different responsibilities, the most productive people learn to use their time in valuable ways no matter how little of it there is. They quickly grasp the best way to use “stolen minutes” in between projects or appointments. Some even keep a…

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5 Business Wellness Ideas

Whether your team works from home or in an office, whether you are a business of one or one hundred and one, taking care and making time for wellness is becoming increasingly important. Stress levels (because of what’s going on in the world around us) are increasing. Plus, you may not even be aware of…

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Why You Need to Grow Your Personal Brand (and It’s Not to Land a New Job)

Business owners are as guilty as they come. Because they have their own businesses they rarely see a reason to build out things like their LinkedIn profiles. “I’m not looking for a job.”, is a common response when asked why they don’t have a profile.   But in today’s uber-competitive business climate, where even mom and…

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Letter from the President

When I introduce myself to non-members of the chamber, I realize how many misconceptions there are about what Chambers do. Some people think we are a government agency. Others assume we are a philanthropic social group like a Rotary or Elks Club. While we work with all levels of government to help ensure the voice…

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3 Creative Ways to Become Top of Mind

Do you want people to think about your business before all others? Of course, you do. The first step to patronizing your business is remembering it exists.  Imagine you have a free evening, and you want to go out to eat here in Alameda. It doesn’t matter how amazing the food is at the new…

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