Small businesses trying to get off the ground or thrive can find some help at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Small Business Resource Fair Tuesday, Sept. 11.
“Whether it’s a small business of five (employees) or a small business of 50, I think the resources there can be helpful,” chamber President and CEO Kit Dunlap said Thursday, Sept. 6.
What: 2nd Annual Small Business Resource Fair
When: 7:45-10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
Where: Business Incubator at Brenau University, Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville
Cost: $5, chamber Members; $15, non-members
“Our goal is to connect local small business owners with resources and local agency contacts that can help them thrive, grow and succeed in Hall County,” said Amanda Lewis, project manager at the chamber.
The event, open to the public, will take place at the Business Incubator at Brenau University, Featherbone Communiversity, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. A “networking breakfast” kicks off the event at 7:45 a.m.
Howard Flint, CEO of Ghost Partner marketing firm in Milton, is the keynote speaker, with his presentation set to start at 8:15 a.m. Flint works with companies to create content and strategy for email and marketing.
His topic, “Clarifying your Message,” will focus on providing tips to communicate to customers in a way that gets them to respond.
“Once you clarify your message, your marketing starts working for you, your team members are converted into a sales force and your customers speak a viral message that spreads,” a chamber news release states. “Companies that clarify their messaging win in the marketplace.”
An exhibitor fair is set for 8:45-10 a.m.
Vendors vary widely in topics, from education and job posting to taxes and business funding.
The Business Incubator host site is one of them.
“Our research at the incubator tells us that small businesses move from existence to survival to success, take-off and finally to resource maturity,” said Robert C. Shippey Jr., associate vice president for development.
“Throughout the process, there is a need for coaching, vision, managing cash flow and anticipating growth.”
Meeting owners at Small Business Fair, “learning of their goals and better understanding their needs helps us all know how to help them prosper,” Shippey said.