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The Importance of Buying Local

The Importance of Buying Local When you shop local, you do far more than get the items that you want quickly and conveniently. Buying local stimulates the economy in our community, helps benefit local schools and charities, and it even helps the environment. The Greater Vancouver Chamber’s Grow the (360) program makes it simple for…

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Your Customers are Marketing Assets

Your Customers are Marketing Assets At the Greater Vancouver Chamber, our members often ask for marketing advice. We’ve found that the best people to go out and advertise to small local businesses like our members, are their customers. Companies in our region have a solid connection to the community and using their successful prior business…

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Deciding Between Outsource or Hire

Deciding Between Outsource or Hire Deciding between hiring in-house talent or outsourcing the job can be a tough call to make, and both options have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are some things to consider when choosing between two recruitment options.  Why Independent Contractors Make Sense  It’s easy to understand the draw that outsourcing certain…

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Start the New Year with a Marketing Plan

Start the New Year with a Marketing Plan As the new year draws near, small businesses are celebrating with employees and families alike. Holiday preparations go beyond planning parties and gatherings though as the new year lurks just around the corner and brings new opportunities that can be capitalized upon. Working within our Greater Vancouver…

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How Entrepreneurs Use Networking

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How Entrepreneurs Use Networking An essential skill for any entrepreneur is the ability to create meaningful connections via networking, also called network development. Creating connections with customers both old and new is important, but creating a network of other entrepreneurs and business owners provides value customers alone can’t provide. Typically this comes in the form of…

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Factors That Influence Client Retention

Factors That Influence Client Retention Marketing and advertising are only part of the equation when attracting new clients. Service is perhaps the single most important aspect of any business. If your business provides good service, but you are seeing a decline in retention, it is important to identify the reasons. We have identified some of…

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Pandemic Leads to Entrepreneurship 

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Pandemic Leads to Entrepreneurship  If you’re looking around at recent Greater Vancouver Chamber’s events, there may be some new business owners’ faces around the room. It’s simply another part of the post-pandemic “new normal” – the number of people who quit their 9-to-5 jobs to pursue a passion and start their own business. Many Washingtonians who left…

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