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    Friday, January 22, 2021
    Is your business eligible for the Employee Retention Credit?The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) extends, liberalizes and expands the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Originally established by the CARES Act, the PPP expired on August 8, 2020. Now the CAA resurrects it. Here are the most important things small businesses should know from this section of the new law.READ MORE...  
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Economic
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021
      NEWS RELEASEJan. 13, 2021Ohio employers urged to cash dividend checks$500 million in checks aimed at pandemic relief remain uncashed COLUMBUS – The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) urges Ohio employers to cash the checks BWC mailed them in December to mitigate the economic hardship brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Tuesday, 23,351 employers still had not cashed $513.7 ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Economic
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
      SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Economic
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    U.S. Department of Labor | January 6, 2021   U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act   WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “This rule brings long-needed ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Legislative Update, Business Development
    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    COVID-Related Tax Relief Is Signed Into LawOn December 27, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which provides pandemic relief, as well as other tax and health-related provisions. The CAA contains the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA), as well as a government funding law. Here are some of the highlights.READ MORE...Courtesy of Kirsch CPA Group
    Categories: Business Development, Economic
    Tuesday, January 05, 2021
    January 4, 2021 TechCred Application Period Now Open The seventh TechCred application period opened today, January 4th and closes January 29th at 3:00 p.m. TechCred helps businesses upskill their current and incoming workforce with tech-focused credentials. Businesses can receive up to $2,000 for each tech-focused credential earned, up to $30,000 per employer each application period. Since ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Economic
    Monday, December 21, 2020
    FAQs About Tax-Free Disaster Relief Payments During the COVID-19 Crisis Many people are struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, some individuals qualify for federal-income-tax-free disaster relief and disaster mitigation payments paid by some employers under Internal Revenue Code Section 139. Here are some FAQs and answers about how the rules workClick HERE for ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Business Development, Legislative Update
    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Senator Portman has been working hard to get to a deal on additional COVID-19 relief, and I wanted to make sure you saw the latest on the negotiations.  Senator Portman joined a group of his colleagues Monday to announce a bipartisan package that authorizes a second round of PPP loans for our hardest hit small businesses, additional unemployment benefits, support for health care providers, ...read more
    Categories: Legislative Update, Business Development
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
      Do you have a plan for your business? A business plan serves as the foundation for your business and National Write a Business Plan Month is the perfect time to write or review your plan. Need help? Check out this guide (with examples!) and schedule a one-on-one virtual advising session with a certified Small Business Development (SBDC) advisor near you! Find the closest SBDC and other ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Business Development
    Thursday, October 15, 2020
    It’s October! It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating in brand new ways the holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s. Soon, everyone will be virtually shopping for presents, looking up new recipes for holiday dinners and finding new ways to ring in the New Year. Right now, even more than previous years, everything is revolving around doing things virtually. ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    6 Ways to Improve Customer Trust  People buy from those they know, like, and trust.  Knowing comes from marketing and advertising.   Like is cultivated by showing potential customers your human and endearing side. But how in the world do you help someone with minimal interaction with you and your business, trust you? It’s not as hard as you may think. 1. Be Transparent in Your Copy Stay away from ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Chamber
    Friday, September 18, 2020
    Paycheck Protection Program loans were a popular option for businesses hoping to survive COVID-19-related shutdowns. Here is what businesses need to do to get their PPP loans forgiven.By: Sean Ludwig, ContributorShare      One of the single largest ways the federal government sought to aid businesses suffering from coronavirus-related shutdowns was the implementation of the Paycheck Protection ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Economic
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    Customer Experiences Will Build or Destroy Your Business  Written By:  Dan Bates, President/CEO, Greater Hamilton ChamberSmart businesses understand and recognize the value of positive interaction.  Customers generate the revenue a business needs to thrive but the circles of influence those customers have can make or break the future of a business or organization. With today’s social media, ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Education, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
      Manufacturing Tips: 7 Ways to Improve Employee PerformanceOne of the surest formulas for manufacturing success is to pair advanced technology with highly trained workers. In recent years, finding qualified workers has been challenging for many companies. So, when you find the right people, consider these seven suggestions to maximize their skills — and retain ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Business Development, Chamber
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    9 Easy Ways to Get More Business Through Instagram   About a billion people (serious stat, not hyperbole) use the Instagram platform every month. 500 million people use the platform's stories feature every day. This year, Instagram is expected to reach 112 million users in the US alone and it's the fastest growing social media platform in Canada. If your target demographic is under the age of ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Friday, March 15, 2019
    As a small business owner, your reputation is everything. It will make or break your business. Warren Buffet understood the value of a good business reputation when he said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”  But protecting your reputation in the days of social media is hard. According to the White House ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber
    Friday, January 11, 2019
    The business landscape changes on a near daily basis and that drives almost a constant need for professional learning. Never before has it been more essential that you not only keep up with the details of your own job and industry but others as well. If you don't, there's a good chance your business will struggle.   If you want to stay on top of your industry and continue to attract new ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Chamber
    Friday, August 03, 2018
    Being a business owner has its rewards and its challenges. If you’ve been in business longer than a hot second, you’ve likely experienced both. Often the freedoms override the dissatisfaction, but if you find that the negatives are wearing on you, don’t get discouraged. The earlier you recognize the most common challenges of business ownership, the more likely you’ll be able to take them in ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, General News Article
    Friday, June 01, 2018
    If it's been a long, cold winter for your business, it's time to kick things off with the season that generally equates to tourism and travel. Here's how you can capitalize on those things and get your marketing in a position to capture some of those summer crowds.Honor Groups with Discounts Use your social media profiles to create flash discounts for different groups in your community. For ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Fun Facts, Business Development, Education, General News Article
    Monday, April 16, 2018
    20 Inexpensive Ways to Surprise and Delight Your Customers There's a lot of noise out there right now. It's hard for a business to break through. But let's say you do and someone is trying you out for the first time. How can you not only exceed their expectations but delight them in a way they'll be talking about you later. Here are a few ideas on how you can make a big impression: Making a big ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Chamber, General News Article
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Do you need more customers? Are traditional ways of increasing revenue not working for you? That may be because today's customers want to get to know you as a business. One way to help make that happen is by participating in social media. Another way is by hosting an in-person event. Whether you host a business event in partnership with a charity to help them raise money or simply have a ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, General News Article, Chamber
    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:Lynn McInturf Associates, Sandler Training & Development: We are a privately owned business; part of a large international organization, one of 250+ franchises worldwide.  We work really well with privately held companies and entrepreneurs, but we also work with large, big business clients, that generate from 100K/year to a few hundred million/year.  We work closely with the ...read more
    Categories: Business Development, Education, Chamber, Fun Facts
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