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Thursday, June 30, 2022
The State of Small Business

Everyone on the economic ladder is facing the impacts of inflation, especially small businesses. But they are making efforts to stay open and provide for the public good, even if it comes at a cost for them. In their resilience we will find hard-work and necessary change, and we need to take notice of it.

LP Chamber | Bryce

Monday, June 27, 2022
5 Ways to Level Up Your Small Business Marketing (and yes, it’s time)

There are a lot of ways to increase sales these days. Much of the marketing technology has become less expensive and does more. But all these solutions do take time. Just as people say it takes money to make money; it also takes time. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be your time. If someone can do it more efficiently than you can, let them and concentrate your efforts on the things that only you can do for your small business.

LP Chamber | Lauren

Monday, June 13, 2022
"Small Businessing" Ain't Easy

There was a time when the biggest concern a business had was bringing in customers. These days, we know you’re worrying about a lot more. You’re wondering where you will find qualified employees. When you do find them on paper or through an application, you keep your fingers crossed that they will show up for their first day of work, or better yet, the interview. Once you hire them, you hope they’ll come back the next day and the next .We know you’re stressed and anxious, but we are here for you. Small

LP Chamber | Lauren

Monday, June 6, 2022
How to Get Certified as a Women-Owned Business

If you’re a woman who owns a business and you’d like to apply for federal contracts, getting officially certified as a woman-owned business is essential. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5% of its contracts to women-owned small businesses each year. While the certification process may seem daunting, it’s not that difficult if you know the basic application rules and materials needed.

LP Chamber | Lauren

Tuesday, May 31, 2022
4+ Tips for Attracting More Tourists to Your Livingston Parish Business

It’s that time of year again and many of us are preparing for a return to normal when it comes to the seasonal onslaught of tourism. Even with high transportation costs people are traveling and still—hopefully—buying. If you’d like to attract more tourists to your place of business, here’s how you can prepare.

LP Chamber | Lauren

Monday, May 23, 2022
5 Professionals You Need on Your Livingston Parish Small Business Team

If you’re a Livingston Parish small business owner without the resources to hire a large full-time team, you can still meet your business needs through freelancing or turning to independent business professionals. This can be an economical way to accomplish your goals without having to cover the cost of full-time employees.

LP Chamber | Lauren

Monday, May 16, 2022
6 Ways to Make Your LIvingston Parish Business Standout During a Local Event

Does your town host a Wine Walk, Holiday Stroll, First Friday, or other downtown event where they close off streets and encourage people to get out and support business? If so, you may know that those events often bring the crowds but also bring “tire kickers,” people who are just out for a stroll, not really interested in what you sell. They’re just going into each business, poking around, and usually leaving empty handed. The hard part of that is that you likely brought in full staff to ensure you had

LP Chamber | Lauren

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
5 Great Lessons from Customer Service Mistakes

A cruise ship captain once said, “There’s always a weird person at your dinner table. If you’re sitting with several couples and you can’t figure out who the weird one is, chances are it’s you.” The same can be true of customer service. Every business is convinced they offer stellar service but if you can’t think of a company in your area that offers bad service, it might be you. It’s statistically impossible, not to mention an abuse of a superlative, for every business to offer “the best” service. One is

LP Chamber | Lauren

Monday, May 2, 2022
How Easy Is It to Do Business with You?

It’s not uncommon to hear old timers (of any age) complain that young people don’t have it as hard as they did. It’s a common lament that younger generations are not as battle worn as the Silent Generation. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. But the one thing that is true is that people will not do business with you if you make it hard to do business. There’s just too much competition and not enough interest. To attract sales and become interested in your business, you want people to know,

LP Chamber | Lauren