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Batesville Chamber and Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center to Host "5 Steps for Social Media Marketing Success" workshop

It is no longer a question of if social media marketing will be right for your business; the question how to use it RIGHT! Social media is a perfect way for small businesses and organizations to communicate with potential customers who want to connect on-line.

If you haven't started using social media yet, or if you have just been putting your toes in the "virtual" water, join the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and ASU Small Business and Technology Development Center Wednesday, July 10 from 1-4 pm at the Batesville Area Chamber of Conference, 409 Vine Street in Batesville and learn how you can develop an effective social media marketing strategy for your rural business.

ASU SBTDC, Batesville Chamber offer E-Mail Marketing workshop May 8

ASU SBTDC, Batesville Chamber offer E-Mail Marketing workshop May 8

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming together to host a professional e-mail marketing workshop Wednesday, May 8. The workshop will be at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce office, 409 Vine Street, from 1-4 p.m.

 

“Inbox Impact: Professional E-mail Marketing Tools” will be conducted by Herb Lawrence, ASU SBTDC director.

 

“E-mail marketing is an amazingly cost-effective way to build relationships that drive business success,” said Lawrence. “In today’s challenging economic times, this cost advantage makes e-mail marketing a very powerful tool for building any business or organization.  But, like anything it has to be done the right way.”

 

'Take Your Business to the Next Level' Seminar Series in Batesville

'Take Your Business to the Next Level' Seminar Series in Batesville

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center, Independence County Economic Development, Inc., and area lenders to host a six-night program beginning Thursday, February 21 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville for area businesses to help maximize their economic potential.

The "Operation JumpStart: First Steps to the Next Level" series is designed as a hands-on program that will help area businesses find new market opportunities, manage costs, improve their bottom line and keep their firms financially healthy.

As part of a six-night series participants will learn how to create an entrepreneurial mindset, hands-on skills to develop realistic marketing plans, tools to improve market analysis and penetration, easy to use financial management tips, develop realistic budgets, create the right management team for growth and much more.

How to Write a Winning Marketing Plan

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and ASU Small Business and Technology Development Center to offer How to Write a Winning Marketing Plan workshop at the Batesville Chamber Wednesday, February 13th from 1-4 pm. Attendees will learn how to:

• Identify the very best customers,
• Create a marketing message that will appeal to these best customers,
• Easily find the right channels to connect with these best customers,
• And improve your bottom line.

Workshop attendees will also receive tools, worksheets, and research information they need to zero in on the right customers saving time, money and growing your bottom line.

Regardless of whether you sell products or services, sell to consumers or other businesses, this workshop will help you create a marketing plan that will improve your performance. To register call the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (870) 793-2378 or email Mandi Curtwright officemanager@mybatesville.org.

Expo, awards event set for Jan. 23

Expo, awards event set for Jan. 23

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Expo & Annual Awards, presented by First Community Bank, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.

The agenda is as follows:

  • 10a.m.-12p.m.-Open to Chamber Members
  • 10:30a.m.-11a.m.-Awards Ceremony
  • 12p.m.-2p.m.-Open to the Public

Experience "A Taste of the Chamber" for lunch!  Member restaurants and food vendors will provide their specialities!

BBB: Watch for post-disaster 'red flags'

BBB: Watch for post-disaster 'red flags'

The damage caused by natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes can often bring out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out persons who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.

Some of the most common "after-disaster" scams involve home repairs, clean-up efforts, heating and cooling equipment and flood-damaged cars.

The Better Business Bureau has the following advice for consumers:

It's not too late for Christmas deliveries

It's not too late for Christmas deliveries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - If you still haven't sent out your holiday gifts yet, you still have some time, and a few options. Though the deadline for pre-Christmas delivery via FedEx Ground is December 17th, last-minute shippers still have options. More than 82 percent of all packages shipped via FedEx Ground are delivered in three business days or less. Plus, procrastinators have until Saturday, December 22nd to ship items via FedEx Express for delivery in the continental U.S. on December 24th.   

As online and in-store shoppers check off their lists, FedEx expects to see more than 280 million shipments pass through its worldwide shipping networks during the holiday season. To manage the extra volume, FedEx has increased its workforce by approximately 20,000 seasonal positions.

(source: FedEx)