Category Archives: Grow Your Business

Kitsap Business Forum: Your workforce — from disengaged to fully invested.

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Roughly 80 percent of employees are partially or fully disengaged in their jobs. Disengagement costs U.S. businesses big bucks—$960 million to $1.3 billion per year. Improving engagement goes beyond adding foosball and free lunch. This interactive Kitsap Business Forum will share the four sources of employee disengagement and provide useful, relevant tools and strategies to help move your workforce from disengaged to fully invested.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The power of leveraging unique needs and drives
  2. The single most important thing managers can do to increase employee engagement
  3. Essential team characteristics necessary for your organization’s success
  4. Strategic shifts to make your organization and its people thrive

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3 Proven Tactics to Grow Your Small Business with LinkedIn

This article has been brought to you courtesy of Linkedin. 

There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States, but only half of them will make it past five years. Ensure your small business is in the successful half and capitalize on how LinkedIn can evolve your business. Here are three ways to grow your business using LinkedIn:

Create & Promote a LinkedIn Company Page

 LinkedIn members are 50% more likely to buy once they’ve engaged with your business on LinkedIn. But they can’t connect with you if you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page. Personal profiles don’t have the same marketing, advertising, and recruiting features as Company Pages, making them less effective at promoting your business. As you create your page, think about the kind of impression you want to create among potential customers and employees.  Continue reading

Free networking event in Bremerton.

After-hours event hosted by TruSeal Pavement Maintenance at the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce office.

Bring plenty of business cards, get ready to network away – and have a great time too! Why not bring one of your work associates or customers? These after work events provide the perfect opportunity to chat and build relationships.

June After-Hours Networking Event
Thursday, June 28

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

RSVP HERE

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at the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce
286 Fourth Street, Bremerton
Parking available for this event at Kitsap Bank,
corner of Sixth and Pacific.

Secrets to Managing a Store Successfully: Part I

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Retail is a complex and challenging business, posing problems ranging from inventory management to theft prevention. When coupled with falling prices inspired by major retailers, like Amazon, and the rising costs of labor, there are a variety of pitfalls facing modern retail businesses.

With so many ins and outs to consider, now more than ever, effective management plays a critical role in retail success.

In this two-part blog series, we reveal the core principles and techniques you should apply to manage a store successfully.

Streamline In-Store Operations

Whether you know it or not, many of the day-to-day tasks that dominate small retail operations are based on old-school styles and strategies, like counting inventory by hand, creating manual schedules, and entering sales transactions one by one into bookkeeping software. While these methods can be useful, they cost you time that could be invested elsewhere.  Continue reading

Success in scaling your business.

by Kelly Deis of SoundPoint Consulting

First, what does it mean to scale your business, and how does it differ from growing your business?

Consider scaling a business:

“growing sales at an exponential rate while only adding costs incrementally by developing a replicable system for delivering goods and services.”

with simply growing a business:

“increasing sales coupled with increasing costs with little improvement on profit margins.”

The difference is clear. There is nothing easy about scaling your business, particularly for small businesses. It takes intention, strategy and investment.

Often business owners are caught in a Catch-22. They know they can sell more if they hire a Vice-President of Business Development. But, they can’t afford to pay for this this new position until they have increased sales.Yikes.

The larger your business, the easier it is to scale. Larger businesses may have multiple revenue streams, fungible staff and banked capital which can help see them through the ramp-up phase of accelerating growth. Smaller businesses often do not have this luxury.  Continue reading

Get your products ready for e-commerce success.

ecommerceBefore the Internet age, small business startups had little opportunity to showcase their products right alongside major national brands. Online marketplaces have leveled the playing field for small businesses, effectively helping them leap geographic boundaries and sell their products in markets that would never have been possible.

Whether you are selling your products on Amazon, eBay or directly from your website, it is critical for you to efficiently manage your product setup and ensure you can be easily discovered by consumers. Many of the same best practices that lead to in-store success can be applied to e-commerce, with a special focus on providing consumers with a well-rounded view of your product prior to purchase.   Continue reading