"Build a Better Business" Workshop and Small Business Expo a Resounding Success!

(L to R) John Lamoree of SCORE
and Paul Thomas, Senior Area Manager for the SBA

February 3, 2009

The Conway Chamber of Commerce hosted the first "Build A Better Business" Workshop and Small Business Expo on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Conway High School Commons Area. This event was designed to help small businesses better understand how to trim expenses, utilize free small business resources and tools, as well as identify appropriate target markets for advertising and marketing efforts.

"With the current economic forecast as it stands, our Board of Directors is eager to offer a small business workshop and table top expo to connect our area's small businesses with organizations that can help keep them on the right track," said Bridgette Johnson, Executive Vice President of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. "During 2009, our Board will be more focused on supporting educational opportunities for small business owners, offering tips on accounting, marketing, and customer service. The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive in Conway. It has sustained us for many years and during this economic crunch, we commit to do what it takes to help our local businesses not only survive, but thrive. This shift in the economy stands the chance of making us all sharper business people."

Special break out sessions offered the opportunity to connect with:

     o Small Business Administration
     o SCORE (America's Small Business Counselors)
     o Coastal Carolina University's Small Business Development Center
     o Coastal Carolina University's Wall Center for Excellence
     o Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding insurance for small business through Conway Chamber of Commerce membership
     o Marketing professionals
     o The Conway Chamber of Commerce

These contacts offered FREE, expert advice.