It probably goes without saying that customers take many forms.
At the Chamber we have many customers - members who invest in the Chamber and we provide programming and services to them throughout the year; people who are relocating to our community often contact the Chamber for maps or other useful information; new businesses who are looking to start operations in our community call the Chamber to discuss our community's benefits and resources.
For your business, who are your customers?
The most obvious "customer" is the single individual who buys one of your products or services for their personal use. For some businesses, your customers are other businesses. You provide a service that primarily benefits another business entity. A not-for-profit organization has customers too - you provide education and information to potential customers; you develop relationships with potential funding sources to continue your mission.
Whether your customer makes a purchase decision on the spot and leaves with something tangible, ultimately your goal should be for your business to be top-of-mind when the customer does need your product or service.
What if there was an event where you could promote your organization to all these forms of customers?
Upcoming Special Events
Ribbon Cutting for
Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop
* 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6
* 1809 DuPont Road, Suite 1, Parkersburg (behind Kmart in South Parkersburg)
* Join us to celebrate with new owner Brian McCoy and his staff at Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop (formerly the Parkersburg Sewing & Quilting Center). Tour the quilt shop and enjoy refreshments.
February Lunch & Learn
* Host: Sandifer Tax Service
* 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
* Judge Black Annex, 319 Market St., Parkersburg
* Join us to learn more information from Steve Sandifer with Sandifer Tax Service about the new Medicare tax, how it will affect investment income, and how the latest changes in income tax deductions will affect most Americans.
* Free for Chamber members.
* Register on-line at www.movchamber.org
Ribbon Cutting for
Camden Clark Medical Center
* 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7
* St. Joseph's Campus, 1824 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg
* Join us for a special ribbon cutting and announcement on the St. Joseph's Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.
Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 Market St., Parkersburg.
The Chamber Business Expo is just that - an opportunity for our local business community to promote your business, your services and your talented team to members of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the general public. Planned for Monday, March 3, businesses and organizations are encouraged to set up booths, displays and demonstrations to showcase your organization. Sign up new customers, sell items, invite current customers to stop by and get a special coupon. Spend time talking with other business representatives.
Booth packages are currently available starting at $400, which includes an ad in the program which will run in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel prior to the event. Chamber members receive a $200 special discount for a booth. This event is also open to those businesses that have not yet joined the Chamber - we would encourage you to participate and see how involvement with the Chamber can help grow your business.
The Business Expo will be held at the Elite Sports Center. From 4-6 p.m., the event will be open to Chamber members. During this time the Parkersburg News and Sentinel will host a special Business After Hours at the Expo to allow Chamber members to network with one another during the first two hours of the event. From 6-8 p.m., the Expo opens to Chamber members and the general public. Participants are also asked to provide a door prize item as all attendees will be entered to win prizes throughout the event.
To reserve your booth or learn more about the opportunity to participate, please contact Amy Hupp with The Parkersburg News and Sentinel at 304 485-1891, Ext. 345.
What a great event to offer special education, promotions and sales available only by having a booth at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo!
Thank you to our Business Expo partners: The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Crown Event Rentals, Results Radio and the Elite Sports Center.
Jill Parsons is the president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce fthe Mid-Ohio Valley.