• Get Ready for the 2019 Tourist Season How to capture customers and retain their loyalty in the Digital Age

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    Name: Get Ready for the 2019 Tourist Season How to capture customers and retain their loyalty in the Digital Age
    Date: May 17, 2019
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
    Event Description:
    Get ready for the Summer Season. Attract the tourists you want and understand what interests today’s customer. Join local merchants, restaurateurs and hospitality professionals, preparing the for the tourist season by attending the workshop to ensure your business is having the most optimal presence and using the best marketing tactics. Nationally recognized retail and hospitality industry expert Marc Wilson (The Wilson Group, Virginia SBDC, US. Small Business Administration) will teach you how to stay relevant amid changing customer expectations, using technology to your advantage, and how to stay relevant today’s economy. This workshop will provide actionable tasks that you can immediately implement to improve your business. What you will learn in this workshop: How to compete in the age of Amazon Create and communicate your niche Make your business a shopping destination Out maneuver on social platforms Differentiate and define your customer This workshop is taught by: Marc Willison is a national speaker on retail management and a retail consultant working for the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network he brings 35 years of retail experience to bear in helping retail, restaurant, and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. Cost: Free Brought to you by: West Business Development Center Visit Mendocino Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce City of Fort Bragg Disclaimer: In the event West BDC must cancel a workshop for any reason, all registered participants will be notified and 100% of the fee refunded.
    Location:
    Fort Bragg Town Hall, 363 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
    Date/Time Information:
    May 17th, 2019 1:00 PM 3:00 PM *Please note we ask all attendees to be in Town Hall ten minutes prior to class so we may start on time
    Contact Information:
    West Business Development Center 345 N Franklin St. Fort Bragg CA (707) 964-7571
    Fees/Admission:
    Free
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  • Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Current Health Order

    Mendocino County’s revised SIP goes in effect Friday, July 3 at 12:00 p.m. and will be in place until 12:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020. A revised order will be released upon the expiration of this Order.

    Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan issued a new Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order today, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, which is slated to go into effect at 12:00 pm on Friday July 3, 2020. The new Order maintains the current stage 3 opening, but adds additional restrictions to certain sectors and activities to ensure public safety in light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Mendocino County. California’s positivity rate is trending upward and Governor Newsom has made it clear to counties that following the State’s Orders and guidance is mandatory. The State is closely monitoring local counties and cities that are experiencing surges and if necessary the State will come in and require local jurisdictions to roll back openings especially for high risk business sectors. The new Order is in line with State guidance with measures to address high risk areas..
     

    Read the Entire Health Order

    Read the Summary of Changes


    We will be posting resources to help our local businesses during this difficult and unprecedented crisis.  

    The Chamber is here to support you and our goal is to provide as much information as possible so that you will have access to resources that can help you through this extremely challenging time.

    Although our office is closed, I'll be working from home and available via phone and email.  I've temporarily laid off my staff to mitigate the impact on the Chamber budget.

    For eNews submissions:  
    chambernews@mcn.org
    *Please note that all submissions should be regarding announcements that follow all state and local orders. We ask that events are not submitted at this time unless they are virtual events or webinars.
    To reach Sharon call 707-961-6302. 
    chamberceo@mcn.org



    Love Local mendoThis Shop Local program is created and launched as a partnership of the Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance, the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Willits Chamber of Commerce, and community leaders.

    Love Local Mendo Website


    Click Here For the Application

     



    It is designed to represent businesses from Hopland to Laytonville, across the county to Boonville, Fort Bragg and the South coast. The focus of the campaign is to create a central marketing effort to support local businesses to generate income while closed to the public.

    The campaign is a perfect platform to market your services, gift cards, and products. It will directly link customers to your selling platform. (delivery, curbside pickup, etc. within the guidelines of the most recent Shelter In Place orders must be observed)

     

     
     
     
     
     
     


     


     


    I'm partnering with the County, EDFC, West Center and the other Chambers in the County with meetings twice a week so we can brainstorm how we can best support you.

    Please let me know how else I can support you and your businesses.

    I hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected under these stressful times.

    Take care, STAY HOME and be well.
    Sharon

    County of Mendocino COVID-19 updates

    Mendocino County has an up-to-date information site including business resources.  Our two coastal districts also have very active Facebook Groups:

    4th District :: 5th District

    City of Fort Bragg press releases

    West Business Development Center

    How your business may be impacted and resources to help.

    Community Foundation Resources

    KOZT Resource Page

    MCN Update page

    A message for business that use Square

    Today Square Online Store released the option for curbside pickup, and later this week a local delivery feature will be available for all businesses so that you can quickly adapt to this changing environment. They are also waiving curbside pickup and delivery fees for the next three months. Square Online Store already offers online orders for in-store pickup with no monthly fee. They are refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March.

    KGUA Resources