Nov. 19, 2018
One valuable source of information and advice for small businesses and start-ups is the local Chamber of Commerce. These offices provide lots of information on starting and growing a business, as well as consulting advice, peer feedback, networking, and seminars and workshops covering specific topics.
Many times, the chamber will invite local consultants and specialists to speak about topics, such as: advertising, building websites, market research, public relations, legal issues, customer service, leadership programs, management, and more. These sessions are usually free for the Chamber member.
A city covering a large area is likely to have multiple Chambers in operation. In Tampa, FL, for example, there are offices for South Tampa, North Tampa, the suburb of Brandon, West Tampa, and Carrollwood.
When a business is a member of a Chamber of Commerce, it’s also a badge of legitimacy.
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