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Paul CampanellaMessage from the President – June, 2017

As we shed our heavy coats and turn to different recreational activities we, as businesses owners, might “spruce up” our approach to attracting new customers or ways to serve current ones. Your chamber is looking to add new things too! We have finished a very successful 2017 Monroe Clean Sweep working in partnership with the Town of Monroe and the Villages of Harriman and Monroe. Thank you to our many local businesses that sponsored this event and a special THANK YOU to our newest Gold Sponsor – Med-Wise Insurance Advocacy.

We have initiated our Monthly Business Building Breakfast (the first Thursday of every month) bringing information and networking opportunities to help you grow and manage your business more effectively. Come out to enjoy a great breakfast, hear what is happening in the business community and get to know others in the business community. 

What, you can’t make breakfast? Join us the third (3rd) Monday of each month (usually at Planet Pizza). These mixers include a brief update on Chamber activities and pointers on how you can take advantage of chamber membership to grow your business and of course, great opportunities to network. Our mixers are open to members of all local and county Chambers of Commerce and guests are welcome too. Check the event dates, locations and member/non-member cost by clicking here. Look for our e-mails, check the calendar, and come out and join us!

We provide a headcount to our meeting hosts in advance so your RSVP is essential to ensure we have adequate space and/or food. We encourage you to register for any event we have on our Web-site .

To grow your business potential customers must:

  1. Be aware you exist – maintain your listing & promote your events on our web-site
  2. Get to know you – come to a breakfast or evening mixer
  3. Have a favorable impression of you – introduce yourself or ask a Board member to introduce you.
  4. Trust you – be friendly and open to listen to others;
  5. Refer you! – most business is done through referral.

Remember: If you can make one good connection at each mixer and each connection gives you one referral a year, you have the opportunity to gain 12 new customers.

GMCoC Board encourages all members to patronize memberS FIRST. The Chamber always REFER MEMBERS FIRST. There are things you can do to measure the results – come meet with us, we will show you how!

REMEMBER: As a member of the Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce you can usually attend other local and county chamber events at the member price. This allows you to reach outside the Monroe community to generate more business opportunities.

Paul Campanella
Board President

Chamber News…

NEWS…you’ll soon be receiving a survey asking how the Chamber can better assist you in growing your business. Please be on the lookout for it and complete it when you get it.

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SCORE comes to the Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce – Do you know SCORE?

Looking for sound (and free) small business advice? For small business start ups or businesses looking to grow, SCORE business mentors show you how to start a business from your business idea or how to grow your existing business avoiding some of the main pitfalls.

A SCORE counselor will be available by appointment at the Greater Monroe Chamber of Commerce offices (158 Stage Road) on Thursdays between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. A SCORE counselor may be available at other times – by appointment only. Click here to schedule an appointment now.

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