Young Professionals Find New Ways to Give Back

As an organization dedicated to providing platforms for local small business, the OPRF Chamber of Commerce encourages subsets of local business people with similar challenges to form “affinity groups.” These teams create peer-led safe spaces for business people with similar experiences and concerns to gather and explore issues, educational topics, and opportunities.  Members learn from…

Life-Long Learners: Professional Development for Small Business

Staying at the top of your game is always a challenge.  Creating a community of “life-long learners” is a key goal of our local school district.  But actually committing yourself to constant study and improvement is a real challenge once you finish school. This is especially true for small business owners.  WIth the relentless pressure…

Bridging December to March

The holiday crowds went home.  People are starting diets, paying off their credit card debt and focusing on new year’s resolutions.  On top of that, it is cold, icy and gray outside. Welcome to the retail doldrums.  This is when things get cranky.  Business owners are waking up with last year’s hangover.  Maybe their numbers…

Performance Reviews, Our Team and Fruitcake

Year-end brings with it holiday cheer, family, warm feelings and an easy friendliness.  But those who run businesses know that year-end also means closing the financial books, preparing next year’s budget, sizing up unsold inventory and the dreaded annual employee performance reviews. Announcing to the team that it is time to schedule individual meetings for…