September 30, 2011
MainStreetChamber is dedicated to helping small business to increase sales, revenue, profits and growth. In addition to monthly networking events, we offer specially designed workshops and seminars delivered by recognized experts to help members gain the knowledge and skills they need to grow their business.
Recently, at our very first Business EXPO at the Metropolitan event center, over 400 potential buyers met face-to-face with exhibitors who were showcasing their products and services. Needless to say, both attendees and exhibitors alike were thrilled.
At the EXPO, a couple of our members, Nick Tamble, owner, host and producer at HGVids and Lucas Olson, owner of VideosMN.com, teamed up and filmed the event. You can check it out yourself below. They make phenomenal videos like this every day for small businesses.
As you can see, this was quite an event. The credit belongs, in large part, to our partners at MediaMax Events & Expos (shown in the video). The decades of experience that owners Brad Gudim and Rick Martinek (MainStreetChamber members) have in organizing trade shows and Expos virtually ensured that the event was a success!
MainStreetChamber events and expos provide members with access to hundreds of new contacts every month whop have the potential to become mentors, customers, referral partners and friends. Enormous effort and expense goes into ensuring these free events a very worthwhile experience for our members.
One of the many benefits our members enjoy is FREE advertising. If you are willing to make a special offer or discount to our members, we will advertise and promote your business for free! For more information on how you can advertise your business for free by becoming a VIP Discount Provider, visit our VIP Member site.
Small businesses really appreciate the numerous free and low-cost methods we offer to showcase their products/services to our members (members doing business with members) and to the public in general. Our sponsorship opportunities include tables and exhibit booths at our events, ads in our event program booklets and opportunities to deliver presentations at Pre-Event Seminars, Lunch & Learns and workshops.
Although small business owners have many options to attend networking events, our events tend to attract bigger crowds. This is due to our use of traditional media as well as online marketing methods to promote our events. Another reason small business owners are attracted to our events is the opportunity to learn from top experts on specific topics related to building a successful business. This was one of the reasons our EXPO attracted so many attendees.
At the EXPO, we featured a keynote speaker and four breakout sessions on vital small business topics. If you were unable to attend, here is a brief overview of what the speakers shared:
Our keynote speaker was, John Tschohl, dubbed the “Guru of Customer Service” by USA Today, Time, and Entrepreneur magazines, is a customer service strategist, best selling author of numerous books. His presentation focused on why building a service culture is the most powerful, strategic and competitive weapon you’ll ever have and will share simple secrets for creating “over-happy customers” who are loyal for life. For information on hiring John to speak, purchasing his books and signing up to get his FREE newsletter, visit Service Quality Institute.
Mark LeBlanc, professional speaker, author of “Growing Your Business” and “Never Be the Same” delivered two of the breakout sessions. He is a former President of the National Speakers Association. His session focused on key elements of the proprietary system he developed for “Growing Your Business”. This system virtually guarantees business owners will have more focus, prospects, referrals and revenue. For information on how to hire Mark to speak or purchase his books, visit Small Business Success.
CJ Coolidge, entrepreneur, consultant and author of the critically acclaimed “Squaredime Letters” delivered one of the breakout sessions. His session focused on why the world is a remarkably different place than it was even a year ago and why small business owners need to make “4 Changes 4 Success” to create and maintain sustainable competitive advantage; the power key to increasing revenues while simultaneously reducing costs. For information on hiring CJ to speak or purchase his book, visit CJ Coolidge.
Jill Konrath, internationally-recognized sales expert and the bestselling author of Selling to Big Companies and SNAP Selling (May 2010) delivered one of the breakout sessions. Her session focused on why corporate decision makers want to do business with small companies, how to identify the right people to meet with, get their contact info, clearly articulate your value proposition, craft enticing email or voice mail messages that get responses and what it takes to put together an effective account entry campaign and much more. For information on hiring Jill to speak or purchasing her books, visit Jill Konrath.
With thousands of local small business owners as members and hundreds more joining each week, MainStreetChamber is really making a difference for the businesses on Minnesota’s Main Streets. Hold on tight because we’re growing and moving at lightening speed.
And, don’t forget to open our weekly email where you will learn about our Upcoming Events which will help you make more connections and learn more about how you can build a successful business and save money on the products, services and tools you need. Remember, at MainStreetChamber, the spotlight is on your small biz!