EATON - Preble County Chamber of Commerce officials recently announced the temporary closure of the Chamber’s 122 W. Decatur St. location, effective Friday, July 23, due to an extensive renovation project on the facility.This renovation is part of a plan which will bring the PC Chamber, the Preble County Development Partnership, and the Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau under one roof for a centralized location to better serve Preble County’s business community, and its visitors, according to PC
Funds Doubled for Small Business Grant Programs County Set-Asides End July 31, 2021(COLUMBUS) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine last week reminded Ohio business owners that grants are available through the Ohio Department of Development (Development) to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.A total of $310 million is being offered across four grant programs to help new businesses that opened in 2020, food and beverage establishments, entertainment venues, and
The scene is a common one these days. Lines of people waiting to pay in a restaurant, retail establishment, or grocery store. Tempers flare. Customers yell at staff and wonder why there’s only one person checking people out. Your staff thinks, “Who needs this?” and they’re not wrong. They feel overworked and underappreciated. Customers are demanding and loud. Customers vow not to return. It makes for a bad situation for everyone. So what can you do to ensure it doesn’t happen in your business? Dealing
From SedgwickIn response to President Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest numbers of employees at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus. The program also prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other
While we are quickly heading toward the heat of summer, there’s still time to do some spring cleaning with your data. A nice clean email list can help you make the most of your ecommerce and increase summer sales. Let’s get started. Ways to Spruce Up Your Digital Marketing for Increased Sales Customer data is great but only if you know what to do with it. Many businesses moved to online sales with COVID and, in turn, received a lot of good data from customers. But it’s time to get in there, do some
If you were paying attention in recent weeks, you undoubtedly heard about the “gas crisis” where a cyberattack crippled a major pipeline. As if that wasn’t bad enough, consumers across the country panicked, running to the gas station to fill up whatever container they had, creating a gas shortage in some states reminiscent of the toilet paper crisis of last year. The media did its best to combat it by telling people in states like Ohio, that its citizens were largely unaffected. However, few believed
Writing is difficult for a lot of people. You may worry about your mastery of grammar or vocabulary. Maybe you just don’t think you have anything interesting to say. But if you have something to sell, you need to learn the basics of good copy, at least until you can pay someone to do it for you. These basic tips can (and should) be used when writing your web copy, social media posts, newsletter, emails, or anything you’re using words to grab attention. Keep in mind that whatever you are writing you
On social media you need interaction. Without it, your content won’t get seen by your audience. But getting people to interact can be a challenge. But not anymore! Here are 50 conversation starters for your business. That’s about two months of work-week posts already done for you! 50 Fun Questions to Get to Know Your AudienceIn order to mix these up and add a little excitement, we’ve also solicited answers through emojis and GIFs. You can alter the structure of these questions in a way that fits your
Your email content can be the best ever but if people don’t open your emails, the emails might as well be blank. Two things make recipients click: who it’s from and how appealing the subject line is. In that order. That’s one reason I advise businesses to send their emails from a person (or at least an email that resembles one), not “no-reply@biz. But how do you make your subject lines more irresistible? How do you inspire clicks and drive them to open your emails? Try these types of emails. 6
Did you miss the last virtual Business Over Breakfast featuring Greenbush Professional Services? Find out all about why they call themselves the "Environment Talkers" in this recording of their presentation from the April 20 meeting! View the recording HERE.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, engagement is critical to your business. Now more than ever. It’s so important that I wish I could create a new name for it so people would pay more attention. Being told you need to engage your audience is not new, but the pandemic has created a bunch of new reasons why it’s incredibly important, especially with employees. If you don’t have the time, you need to make it or hire someone who does. Engagement Is Important Because… Your Employees Are Hanging on
The Board of Directors of Preble Arts (also known as Preble County Art Association) has named Claudia Edwards as its new executive director effective immediately. Edwards comes to Preble Arts from the position of Director of Operations and Events at Amigos, the Richmond (IN) Latino Center. She brings artistic talents in painting, photography, and interior design to Preble Arts as well as extensive experience as an event organizer and fundraiser. Edwards managed the Richmond International Food Fest and
According to SmallBizTrends.com, “The first set of holiday data and analytics from Adobe reveals online spending is set to increase by 33% in 2020 over 2019.” It’s also likely that this trend will continue as we enter into 2021 and if the pandemic numbers keep increasing. People won’t stop shopping, but they may stop shopping in-person. Online shopping needn’t be owned by large entities like Amazon or Etsy. Your business can excel in online commerce as well. But first, you need to be top-of-mind. One way
Recognizing Preble County's Young Professionals
Congratulations, Sydney Smith, June 2021 Young Professional of the Month!
Congratulations, May 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Alexa Little!
Congratulations, April 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Chelsea Sorrell!
Congratulations, March 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Lisa White!
Congratulations, February 2021 Young Professional of the Month, Greg Eley!
Congratulations, January 2021 Young Professional of the Month Landen O'Banion! (Pictured: Preble Connect Steering Committee members Kate Duskey, Todd Appledown, O'Banion, Alexa Little)