Big Power for small town businesses, and hometown industry?
Every year the Lamar Chamber of Commerce has a meeting, electing new representatives for the small town governance of local businesses. These individuals take time away from their own families and businesses or jobs to help motivate, encourage, and maximize the success of your small town business.
It’s been a while since I’ve been actively involved in commercial aspects of Lamar, but each of these names are familiar, commonly known, and recognized as leaders in the community. Without doing much research, and after having been away from Lamar for nearly a decade, I still can tell you where they work, how deeply they’re entrenched in the community, and why they have the support of local business owners. It all boils down to one thing, “They love their community enough to be involved.”
Why do I care?
Randomly, I get asked why I still post articles and information about Lamar, and today was one of those days. So, I decided to share my reasons here, along with this post about local business and why it matters. The Chamber of Commerce is an organization where business owners can pull together to build business, bring in new business, and impact the growth and success in the community. In that same way, every business owner has had an impact in the community, in the growth of the town, and in the development of business throughout the local valley areas. It can be a huge responsibility. As a small business owner in the community for more than 45 years now, it’s been my greatest pleasure to work toward the success of that community. Whenever I come home, I can look around and see businesses that I’ve marketed for, or worked for, or helped in some way over the years, and it feels good. It feels good to have helped other people to grow their businesses.
That’s why I care.
How can I make a difference?
The same way you can make a difference. Whenever I see something that would benefit a small business in my hometown, I can reference them, or buy from them, or refer someone to that business. In the community, you can help by keeping people accountable for good service, for good business, and for integrity. You can encourage local businesses by sending them referrals, or by posting a review of their business, or by telling others about their businesses. You can make a difference by purchasing from their businesses when you can do so, or by sending others to their website, or their business location.
Attend a meeting!
President Ginger Coberley welcomes active participation of business owners in the Chamber of Commerce. This year’s new developments include education themed meetings each month, designed to help you grow your business, an app that allows each business in the community to post a one page site under the chamber site ‘umbrella’. The opportunities for local business development are astounding. If you’re not already a member, attend a meeting and find out what it’s all about. You’ll be glad you did.
Besides meeting the Chamber President, you’ll meet one of the many other members who spend tireless hours promoting, marketing, and building up your community. Attending a Chamber of Commerce meeting is an opportunity to share your business on a local level, tell the people of Lamar what you do, who you are, and why you’re there.
See Ginger at Real Deals Magazine:
Show off your purpose! Attend a meeting.
Take Advantage of Opportunity.
A single page ad site on the Lamar Chamber of Commerce website is an opportunity to market your business site in a public forum where it will get noticed. Drive traffic from that site!