The Chamber EDGE
The Chamber EDGE: Educate, Discuss, Grow, Engage
The Chamber EDGE is a self-directed group with a focus on education, networking and relationship building. The group is comprised of both small business owners and other chamber members who are experts in their field and have a willingness to educate, discuss, grow and engage with their peers.
How we operate:
EDGE meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we meet via Zoom from 9-10 am.
Each meeting has a specific discussion topic chosen beforehand by group members. In the four years we have been meeting, we have discussed 40 different topics and typically draw a group of about 15 people who are interested in the defined discussion topic.
After identifying a discussion topic we seek a subject matter expert to lead a group discussion. They specifically do NOT try to sell services, products, etc. That discussion leader usually presents basic information on the topic but the bulk of our meetings consist of discussion among group members about common experiences, things they’ve tried that work, or haven’t, etc.
The value to you:
Group members leave our meetings more knowledgeable about a topic that they were at the beginning. In addition, you will be meeting with and getting to know other people who are making improvements in their businesses and are willing to exchange information. Some productive working relationships have been created in the four years we’ve been operating.
In addition to planned discussions, Edge prides itself on being a space where you can discuss challenges specific to your business, and gain fresh perspectives from experienced members on how to tackle and overcome them.
- Customer Loyalty
- Changes in Lead General Practices
- Building Loyalty and Retaining Customers
- How to Make Your Business Finances Work for You
- Delving into the Payments Landscape
- Changes in the Tax Structure this Year and it’s Affect on Small Businesses
- Human Resources
- Payroll Do’s and Don’ts
- Can You Afford to Hire or Can You Afford NOT to Hire?
- Sexual Harassment Training
- Employee Handbook for Small Businesses
- Employees Presenting Your Core Values
- Information Technology (IT)
- Moving Your Business to the Cloud
- Information Security for Growing Businesses
- Digital Threats to Small Businesses
- Cost-Effective Strategies for Protection
- Massachusetts Sick Time Law
- Small Business Legal Organization Options
- Social Media Advertising – Finding the Pots of Gold and Avoiding the Landmines
- Developing a Marketing Strategy
- Marketing with Video
- Tuning Your Website
- Small Business Retirement Strategies
- Biggest Fears of Business Owners
- Maintaining a Work-Life Balance
- The Five Stages of Small Business Growth
- The Secret Ingredient to Small Business Growth: A Unique Value Proposition
- What’s Working, What’s Now
- A Year in Review for Our Small Businesses
- Your Value Proposition
- Effective Networking
- Mindset Strategies
- The 8 Factors that Determine the Value of Your Business
- Sharing Our Successes
- Contingency Planning for a Downturn