Monday, February 15, 2010

Chamber offers workshops you will love

On this Valentine's Day we're rolling out the red carpet for you. We've launched our Professional Edge workshop series for 2010 and you're invited. Whether you're a seasoned businesses owner or a professional in transition, these workshops provide you with fresh ideas, networking and new business skills.

Our Professional Edge workshops, now open to members and nonmembers, offer your business an opportunity to learn new business strategies. We can guarantee you won't be checking your smartphone or watch — these workshops are interactive and packed with enthusiasm. Our talented speakers present top-notch information that leaves you with a spring in your step and usable business resources to share with your staff and colleagues.

The resources that will be shared are a must-have when business is thriving and when it is challenging. Invest in your company by attending the following sessions:

•March 4: Analyzing Your Competitiveness in Your Market.
Learn how to benchmark your competitors and decide when you need to move.

•June 3: Everybody's Surfing Now: Stay Ahead of the Wave.
Discover free business tools from Google that help your customers and prospects find you when they surf the Web.

•Sept. 14: Customer Service that Keeps Customers - Customers.
Turn customers into vocal advocates. Use a contact management system that keeps you engaged with your best customers.

•Dec. 2: Position Yourself as the Expert.
Speaking opportunities, blogging and public relations, oh my! How to effectively position yourself as an expert and gain exposure.

Registration is required and the price is a deal. For single workshops, Chamber members are $10 in advance and nonmembers are $20 in advance. Don't wait to register, day of registration increases by $10 for Chamber members and nonmembers. Chamber members can also purchase the complete series of 4 workshops for $30 in advance by March 1.

All workshops are held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Huntington Bank, 801 W. Big Beaver in Troy. Complimentary parking is available and coffee and breakfast snacks are provided.

We'd like to thank our sponsor and host, Huntington Bank.
The Chamber is known for networking, event marketing exposure, and professional development resources. If these interest you and you're not a member, call the Chamber at (248) 644-1700 or visit for more information.
Carrie Zarotney is president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.

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