• West Hartford Chamber Blog

    Welcome to the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce Blog! Check back here for updates on the Chamber and its Members. We will also curate a collection of articles, tips, and resources to assist you and your business.
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    Chris Conway
    Monday, January 23, 2023
    Traditionally, a chamber of commerce was a membership organization that supports the interests of its business members. It is not affiliated with the government, nor is it a charity. The chamber is separate from the Better Business Bureau. Now that we’ve explained the traditional notion of chamber membership, let’s dive into what it means to be a member of a chamber of commerce today. If you think chambers are outdated, it’s time you take another look. As a chamber member, you are represented by a powerful organization. Because they are not government-affiliated, chambers weather the political storms, cannot get voted out of office, and always represent the business community. And since healthy communities are good places to work with strong employment opportunities, a chamber helps all members of a community. Chamber members are a critical part of the following work in your community. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, January 16, 2023
    Years ago, businesspeople joined the chamber because it was expected. It was just something you did. These days membership isn’t automatic but it’s still a valuable investment in your business. In addition to networking events and ribbon cuttings, the chamber offers a lot of benefits that you can’t do for yourself, and chamber benefits can save you a lot of money. If you’re like most business owners, you could really use some cost savings these days. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, January 9, 2023
    Times of economic uncertainty don’t cause anyone to look for new ways to spend money. But there are some investments in your business that even when you’re worried about cash flow, are worth the return. Without those necessities—be they software or services—you couldn’t operate. Chamber membership is one of those necessary business investments and here’s why: Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023
    Whether you sell food, things, or services, we’ve brought together a round-up of trends that you can incorporate into your business in 2023 for increased revenue and better market traction. Read more
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    Chris Conway
    Monday, November 28, 2022
    The holiday shopping season is in full tilt right now and while you’re busy analyzing your Black Friday and Cyber Monday revenue, there are a few things you want to do to capture those December holiday dollars. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Tuesday, November 22, 2022
    Small businesses add flavor to our area. There is a sense of adventure when you explore a small business. You never know what beauties you’ll uncover or what scrumptiousness awaits. Sadly, that’s also why a lot of people choose to patronize chains. With chains they know exactly what they’ll get and there’s a lot of comfort in that. But comfort does come at a price and that price could be our community. Large employers and chains are vital to our area, but this holiday season we’re asking you to support small business to help ensure they’re around in the coming years. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, October 17, 2022
    The holidays are right around the corner and that can be a big spend time whether you’re in retail, hospitality, or services. It can also be a lucrative time for your employees as many people generously tip at the end of the year. But good tippers want a great experience and if your business isn’t ready for the holidays, it won’t just hurt your revenue. It could affect your employees’ earning potential as well. Here are a few suggestions to help your business get ready and have the best holiday season yet Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, October 10, 2022
    COVID and labor shortages have caused a lot of businesses to reevaluate offerings and pivot how they did business. But if you’re like many business owners, while adapting to customer needs was a critical component to staying in business, you may now realize that you are off track. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, October 3, 2022
    Customer loyalty is essential to strong sales. After all, it’s easier to get repeat sales than it is to convince a new consumer to buy from you. But customer loyalty is something grown and nurtured, not bought or ordered. It takes time. Read more
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    Christina Metcalf
    Monday, September 26, 2022
    This week MasterCard announced its prediction that holiday spending by customers would increase by 7.1% over last year. This is good news for businesses that were thinking inflation may quell holiday spending. But how did they decide on this and what does your business need to know to make the most from holiday shoppers? Read more
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