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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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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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10 Ways to Get More Business Reviews 

According to an article on SmallBizTrends.com last week, “Small business owners’ expectations for better business conditions over the next six months fell by seven points to a net negative 61%. So far expectations for better conditions have worsened every month this year.” That’s not great news. With rising costs, many businesses are struggling.   When it comes to…

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5 Essential Efficiency Tips for the Small Business Owner 

Small business owners often resolve to work more hours for the freedom of choosing their own boss. But any way you look at it, we all have only 24 hours in our day, so working longer has its limits. Still, most business owners wouldn’t trade the stress and long hours for anything in the world.…

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Acing the Basics of Grant Writing

Hiring a grant writer isn’t cheap. Some charge a flat fee, while others base their fee as a percentage of the grant amount. If you’re a small business or nonprofit, you may not be able to afford to hire someone. But it is worth it. To take on grant writing yourself, you’ll miss out on…

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4 Fun Crowdsourcing Ideas for Your Business

When people participate in something, they feel a sense of ownership and responsibility to see it succeed. That’s one of the reasons why it’s a good strategy to involve customers, and potential customers, in crowdsourcing parts of your business.  Ever notice all the food manufacturing companies that run contests to help them pick the next…

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5 Ways to Level Up Your Small Business Marketing (and yes, it’s time)

If you’re interested in ways to reach more people, and you’re ready to start maximizing technology, it’s time to look at these business marketing solutions: List Building You need an email list. It’s the best way to stay in touch with your customers, nurture them into a sale, and then remind them to come back.…

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The State of Small Business

The Alameda Chamber & Economic Alliance is the Voice of Business and as the Voice of Business, there’s something we feel the need to express to everyone in the community. Inflation is being felt everywhere, from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs just starting out.  However, the difference between large-scale companies and smaller ones are their…

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“Small Businessing” Ain’t Easy

There was a time when the biggest concern a business had was bringing in customers. These days, we know you’re worrying about a lot more. You’re wondering where you will find qualified employees. When you do find them on paper or through an application, you keep your fingers crossed that they will show up for…

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4+ Tips for Bringing in More Tourism Business This Summer

Sumer is approaching and many of us are preparing for a return to normal when it comes to the seasonal onslaught of tourism. Even with high transportation costs people are traveling and still—hopefully—buying. If you’d like to attract more tourists to your place of business, here’s how you can prepare.  How to Appeal to Tourists…

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