As I was researching what to blog about in the area of Economic Development for Cherokee County I was served an epiphany by a member who just stepped into the office to talk. A recent new business venture was struggling. Why? Several reasons but first and foremost lack of experience and lack of a solid business plan. Hence the question to aspiring businesses…..
Are you ready?
Of course the main purpose of this blog segment is to keep you, the reader, up to date on business ventures and opportunities happening in Cherokee County. But the thought that was provoked by my visitor was “How many business ventures start and fail making no more than a tiny ripple in our local economy but perhaps financially devastating the business owner?” Part of our mission at the Chamber is to promote established and new businesses and there have been more the a few times we referred potential business projects to Kathryn Jenkins at the Small Business Center (SBC) at Tri-County Community College before signing those businesses up for a Chamber Membership. Because unfortunately a “Great Idea” does not guarantee success.
So again, are you ready? If you are planning a new venture or even expanding a current business check out the valuable resources that are available right here and most are at no cost. Upcoming free classes at the SBC include Start Up Assistance and Marketing tips just to name a couple. Go to the link below and sign up. (Even if you think you are ready)
Each month Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hosts an AfterHours networking event. Bojangles’ will be our host on July 18th in Murphy from 5:00 – 7:00pm. We invite our members, local businesses, and entrepreneurs to join us! We offer door prizes and select our Member of the Month and Ambassador of the Month from those in attendance. Be sure to bring your business cards and stay a while!
Thursday, June 13th Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce AfterHours at Valley River RV Resort in Murphy. Many thanks to our hosts: Jean-Marie Harrison – Resort General Manager, Billy Harrison – Operations Manager, Loren Snyder and Ron & Judy Schweitzer.
Paul and Aaron concentrate much of their efforts on assisting in the expansion of established businesses and fostering new business growth in the region. Kathryn is the go-to person for business planning, marketing strategies, training, small business loan preparation and sound advice. The SBC offers a wide array of classes to the public that are free of charge and aimed to provide a foundation for entrepreneurs both large and small.
The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce held their monthly AfterHours Networking event; hosted by The Hackney Warehouse Thursday, February 21st at 5:00 pm. Venue Manager Lydia Gray welcomed Chamber Members, Chamber Board Members, Chamber Staff, Chamber Ambassadors, and guests with food and drink. Lucky winner of the Hackney Basket (pictured here) Melody Johnson of Edward Jones (center) with Lydia Gray on the right and Chamber Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Becca McNabb on the left. Other door prizes were awarded to Greg Collins of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Valley River Casino receiving a gift card for Brother’s Restaurant in Murphy and Missy Allen of America’s Home Place winning a piece of Mike Lalone Pottery.
Mountain Insurance celebrated their new location at 1241 US Hwy 64 West in Murphy with a Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. John Bruce and our Chamber Ambassador, Debbie Bruce, are pictured holding the ribbon at each end with business partners, Mark and Kathy Moore, center with scissors.