As many of you recall, every two years the Chambers in Ottawa County get together on a project to publish a county-wide directory. The current edition is 52 full color pages packed with information about Ottawa County, places to go, places to eat, where to buy whatever you might need. It is distributed to vacationers, new residents, as well as folks at large fairs, festivals, events. LESI and CMP also help with distribution. It is also provided free to all our members for their use.
Because two chambers have done a separate road map for many years, a full map is being combined with the directory. We will publish both a map and the directory at the same time, both in glorious full color, and both online as well. This is a fresh new approach to help members’ advertising dollars go even further.
Why is this important? In addition to the value it represents for advertisers, these publications are also critical to each chamber’s annual budget. Money we make on this project gets invested right back into programs to support your business. The bonus is that all of us now have a great tool to help promote our businesses and Ottawa County generally.
IMPORTANT: This project ONLY occurs once every two years. We are keeping the pricing the same as it has been for over a decade, but are offering a 5% discount for advertisers who wish to be in both the directory and on the map. Many businesses are currently in both and we look forward to seeing them back again.
With all the disruptions, this project is getting a bit of a late start. Please respond quickly so we can have these tools ready to go when 2022 rolls around. Jeff Krabill is handling the project again for us. His contact info is on the sales sheet, but you can also email us back, call us or just drop in. We look forward to hearing from you soon as our deadline for ads will be in October. If you don’t have an ad ready to go, Jeff can help you with that also.
Our mental health has certainly been tested this year. Many are fatigued and stressed juggling responsibilities, worries, and fear like they were part of the job description.
But this is not sustainable.
You may feel crushed by the weight of the world right now. Maybe your friends and family don’t quite understand what you’re going through because they aren’t a business owner. Perhaps you’ve created the perfect life on social media, and no one knows the struggles that make up your day and eat away at your confidence and security.
But your chamber of commerce does. They’ve been there. They are business owners/business professionals, and they know what you’re going through. Most people think about the business resources and networking they provide but forget that they are always looking out for businesses and the struggles of businesspeople. Being the voice of business also means understanding the internal hardships of business owners. The chamber’s vast business experience may help you feel more part of a tribe.
The chamber is also here to remind you that as a business owner, your skills, drive, and knowledge are critical to your business but so is your health and wellness.
13 Things Every Business Owner Needs to Hear
All business owners need to hear these things, especially now:
13. Admit that it’s not on your life’s “strategic plan” and move on.
Remember, mental health and wellness are not luxuries. You deserve them. Just as you take care of the tools you need to conduct business, you need to take care of yourself.
Keep this list and refer to it. There’s nothing on here that isn’t common sense but sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else.