What Can Your Local Chamber of Commerce Do for Your Small Business?

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12 Feb

What Can Your Local Chamber of Commerce Do for Your Small Business?

What comes to mind when you think about the chamber of commerce? Is it the sponsor of a small-town parade, the organization who provided the prize for your elementary school spelling bee or a bunch of “talking heads” who meet every Tuesday in City Hall? As it turns out, your local chamber of commerce can do far better than a parade, a prize or a...

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05 Feb

Nice to Meet You! How to Get to Know Your Small Business Audience

Your audience is your lifeblood. They back your products and services, talk you up on social media and (hopefully) make your bottom line bigger. But do you really know them? Do you understand what makes them tick, and click? Have you taken the time to truly connect? If not, it’s time to start. Mischa Communications has the tips and tricks to help you not only...

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16 Jan

The Difference Between Social Media Management and Community Management

Joe from Alaska asked your small business to ship a gift to his mother in Montana, but there was an error and it ended up on his doorstep instead of hers. He posts an angry comment on your Facebook page looking for answers. Lindsey from Illinois is looking for a certain (now discontinued) item that you sold “oh, about 10 years ago, I think, but...

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08 Jan

How to Use Twitter to Grow Your Small Business in 2018

Twitter: You either love it, or you hate it. Some small business owners have never explored the platform, despite our advice. Others tweet up a storm. But how do you know if it’s right for you? Back in “the day” -- the day being a long, long time ago, way back in 2013 -- we had some tips: Keep tweets short and sweet Follow the...

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26 Dec

How to Keep Your Small Business on Facebook’s Good Side

Marketing on Facebook is one of the best things you can do for your small business. It’s also one of the most frustrating. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow, and the algorithms Facebook uses to decide who will see your posts change about as often as the average Hollywood A-lister changes romantic partners. So what’s a befuddled business owner to do? We have the...

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18 Dec

5 Small Business Resolutions for 2018

Another year has (almost) come and gone. Soon, we’ll be gathering with family and friends, stuffing our faces with leftover sugar cookies and raising a glass of (probably) non-alcoholic cider to toast 2018. Just remember: A new year means new resolutions, too. Maybe you want to hit the gym to work off those sugar cookies, travel or take up a new hobby. As important as...

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11 Dec

Small Business Structures: LLCs, C-Corps and More

Starting a small business isn’t all fun and games. Yes, you get to flex your creative muscles by coming up with a name or designing a logo, but you also have to make important decisions. That includes choosing a business structure. Will you be a sole proprietor? An LLC? A C-Corp? How much paperwork will you need to file? What are the tax liabilities and...

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04 Dec

How to Differentiate Your Small Business From the Competition

Always thinking about your small business’ competition? Join the club. Whether you’re selling life insurance, peddling pizzas on the street corner or delivering singing telegrams dressed as a gorilla, you can bet that someone, somewhere, is doing the same thing. What makes you stand out from the crowd? Why should a conscientious consumer choose you over the throngs of people selling the same product or...

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20 Nov

How to Personalize Your Small Business Marketing

Remember, as a kid, how cool it was to find something with your name on it? A license plate for your bike, a necklace or bracelet or even your Saturday morning cereal bowl -- personalization was the privilege of every Bob and Beth, and a never-ending source of frustration for Janessa and Jakob-with-a-K. We may have outgrown the keychains and cheap plastic mugs of our...

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13 Nov

“Welcome” Tips for Hosting a Successful Small Business Open House

Would you like more customers? Don’t worry -- that was a rhetorical question. But it’s not like you can just fling open your doors and grab passers-by off the street. Or can you? An open house is a great way to introduce people to your business, make your sales pitch and get to know your neighbors. But it’s not quite as easy as putting on...