6 November, 2018
The Garland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new health insurance plan options for small business members. Made possible by Association Health Plan rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in July 2018, the Chamber and its Affiliated partners established the North Texas Employer Health Plan Cooperative to offer health coverage advantages traditionally out of reach for small businesses.
5 November, 2018
More than 90% of Garland’s economy is composed of small businesses. Does that surprise you? According to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Texas ranks as the second-best policy climate for entrepreneurship and small business growth in the United States.
27 September, 2018
How many times have you heard that you must network to grow your business? I’d venture to guess the answer is, “a lot.” But what is networking, really? Basically, it’s the art of connecting with others. Pretty straightforward, right? But it is not as easy as it sounds.
20 September, 2018
28 August, 2018
What if your handwriting still looked exactly the way it did the first time you picked up a pencil? Maybe it does. Maybe that’s why you started reading this article. Your handwriting today may not be beautiful, but likely it’s legible, so maybe you, like me, just enjoy opportunities to take what’s acceptable and make it exceptional.
7 August, 2018
Some may say that good customer service is a lost art in our technology-obsessed culture. Some may say that customer service is just a bunch of C.R.A.P. And what do I say? I actually agree with the second statement, but probably not in the way you think. Stick with me and I’ll explain…
3 July, 2018
What do you think about when you hear the term, “Company culture”? Do you think of casual Fridays? Do you think of health benefits? A culture exists no matter which company you work with, and the connotation of the term is widely varied. Proactive companies work to incorporate a specific company culture that satisfies employees and attracts job seekers. For example, Google has a floor in their Googleplex that is a gym. They want to offer a worry-free environment for their employees. I mean, if you go to the gym on a regular basis, wouldn’t it be cool to go during your lunch break and not take time out of your morning or afternoon? With characteristics like these, Google has become one of the most sought out companies to work for.
22 May, 2018
Developing leadership skills is an important and necessary process in today’s workplace. For most of us, there will be a point in your career when you’re going to be asked to take the lead in an initiative or be offered a higher position earlier than expected. As this new opportunity comes about, you may wonder, “What are some key leadership skills I need to form a strong foundation?” At the start of my career, I thought you had to be the industry expert to be eligible to lead. Though knowledge is useful, the reality is that you must have people skills. Here are the four fundamental skills I’ve learned during my time with the Chamber.
4 May, 2018
The Garland Chamber took National Small Business Week April 30 through May 4 as an opportunity to celebrate business owners, and highlight the range of free, relevant resources available to them.
25 April, 2018
As tough as it is to admit, at some point we are all victims of poor time management. Managing your time effectively is important in balancing the various demands throughout your day, and though the concept of time management may sound simple, the actual practice is what can be difficult. Identifying the right tools is crucial, so here are a few useful tips that may be right for you.