If you would like information on the Community China trip please follow this link or contact our office at 989.354.4181.

Business Development Workshop: Fundamentals of Marketing Your Business
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Alpena Community College, World Center for Concrete Technology, Room 106, 665 Johnson St., Alpena
Details: This workshop presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on creating and keeping customers. Workshops are sponsored by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. For a list of all workshops click here. Workshops are free to attend but registration is required to the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce at info@alpenachamber.com or 989.354.4181.

Good Morning Alpena Breakfast - Secrets About Education in Alpena
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 a.m. breakfast, 7:30 a.m. program
Location: Alpena County Library Conference Room, 211 N. First Ave., Alpena
Exclusive Sponsor: Northwood University
Details: Registration is required to 989.354.4181 or info@alpenachamber.com. Cost is $9 per person.

Business Development Workshop: How to Buy or Sell a Business
Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Alpena Community College, World Center for Concrete Technology, Room 106, 665 Johnson St., Alpena
Details: This workshop provides an overview of buying and/or selling a business by exploring the reasons behind the purchase and sale decision. Key topics include the buy/sell process, developing a seller’s package and a buyer’s checklist, understanding the concept of valuation, preparing an offer, due  diligence, financing and working with a realtor. This course helps business owners prepare for the sale of their business and potential purchasers to make good, informed decisions about opportunities that present themselves. Workshops are sponsored by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. For a list of all workshops click here. Workshops are free to attend but registration is required to the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce at info@alpenachamber.com or 989.354.4181.

Business Development Workshop: Succession Planning
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Alpena Community College, World Center for Concrete Technology, Room 106, 665 Johnson St., Alpena
Details: This workshop provides an overview of how businesses can increase value through the development of a succession plan. Key topics include plan components, successor identification and skills development as well as plan implementation and communication guidelines. The training covers the key benefits and drivers which include building organizational value and integrating long-range organizational plans with employee career plans. The overall goal is to understand the components of a succession plan and its impact in preserving and building business value. Designed to illustrate the difference between developing a succession plan and the transaction of selling a business, this course helps business owners evaluate ownership transition options long before any unexpected events may force change. Succession is a topic every company should address. Workshops are sponsored by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Michigan Small Business Development Center. For a list of all workshops click here. Workshops are free to attend but registration is required to the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce at info@alpenachamber.com or 989.354.4181.

Smart Digital Marketing Seminar - The Power of Email Marketing
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Location: Alpena County Library Conference Room, 211 N. First Ave., Alpena
Details: Newsletters and announcements have become a core component of effective marketing campaign choices. Email is more important than ever, both to the communication efforts of the organization, and to the knowledge of the customer, donor, client or supporter of an organization. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email marketing more effective. Free for members of the chamber; $20 for prospective members. Registration is required to 989.354.4181 or info@alpenachamber.com. Brought to you in partnership with Constant Contact and sponsored by Days Inn of Alpena.

New Member Breakfast
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Location: The Sanctuary Inn and Conference Center, 1000 US 23 North, Alpena
Details: Invite only for our newest members.

Smart Digital Marketing Seminar - Multiply Your Sales with Event Marketing and Social Media
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Location: Alpena County Library Conference Room, 211 N. First Ave., Alpena
Details: Event marketing is an important and effective marketing tool. When you run an event you want to make sure that you leave ample time for the promotional activities that will drive your registrations, and you want to create and provide an optimal online registration experience. If you have run events or are considering running events, and you’d like to build on your knowledge of these two important elements of running a successful event, this session is for you. Free for members of the chamber; $20 for prospective members. Registration is required to 989.354.4181 or info@alpenachamber.com. Brought to you in partnership with Constant Contact and sponsored by Days Inn of Alpena.

Leadercast
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. live broadcast
Location: Alpena Community College Granum Theatre, 665 Johnson St., Alpena
Details: We are still accepting sponsorships, follow this link for more information. Tickets are $75 per person for chamber members or $105 for prospective members. For more information or to register call 989.354.4181 or email info@alpenachamber.com.

Good Morning Alpena Breakfast - The Community Development Partners
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 a.m. breakfast, 7:30 a.m. program
Location: Art in the Loft Gallery 109, 109 N. Second Ave., Alpena
Exclusive Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Details: Registration is required to 989.354.4181 or info@alpenachamber.com. Cost is $9 per person.

Smart Digital Marketing Seminar - Monetizing Your Message for Mobile
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Location: Alpena County Library Conference Room, 211 N. First Ave., Alpena
Details: Today, many consumers are using mobile devices to find what they need, assess their options, make decisions, and make purchases. Small businesses and nonprofits who embrace mobile marketing will be the ones best able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile world so you don't get left behind. Free for members of the chamber; $20 for prospective members. Registration is required to 989.354.4181 or info@alpenachamber.com. Brought to you in partnership with Constant Contact and sponsored by Days Inn of Alpena.

 

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Ribbon Cuttings 
 
Bob's Bullpen
Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: 123 N. 2nd Ave., Alpena
 
Great Lakes Divers, LLC
Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 400 Cedar Street, Alpena
 
If you would like to schedule a ribbon cutting please contact us at 989.354.4181.
 
 
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