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 The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is offering a new Business Education Series to local business owners to help teach them ways to better maintain and promote their businesses.

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is offering a new Business Education Series to local business owners to help teach them ways to better maintain and promote their businesses.

Photo provided by Sandra Maki


Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber offering Business Education Series

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 27, 2020

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — In an effort to improve the community and assist local business owners, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is offering a new Business Education Series to those in the area who own a business or may want to start one.

The series includes several classes that teach participants new methods and techniques for running or marketing their businesses.

“A recent membership survey showed that business owners valued learning new skills, especially in computers and marketing, to grow their business and customer base,” explained Sandra Maki, the chamber’s events coordinator director, in an email. “The chamber has partnered with Cyndee Harrison, founder of MIX — Marketing Idea Exchange — to bring technology and social media education to the forefront of the 2020 class offerings.”

Chamber leaders said this series is integral in helping foster both new and existing businesses.

“I’m very excited to have added this to the chamber so we can provide more benefits to our members and help local businesses succeed,” said Linda Weishaupt, the executive director of the chamber. “Education is always important.”

Maki said a healthy business culture is central to the growth and well-being of a community, and they wanted to offer fun and interesting ways to improve that culture.

“Expanding our offerings from monthly coffee hours, community recognition award dinners and (an) annual auction, the chamber is offering new events in 2020,” she wrote. “Quarterly speed networking classes are on tap, along with a more formalized Business Education Series. … This includes exciting upcoming events such as community guest speakers, business policy roundtables and a social after-hours mixer event.”

Upcoming chamber events include a presentation on the Eastpointe-Roseville lockbox ordinance called “What Every Business Owner Needs to Know” at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Roseville Fire Department, 29777 Gratiot Ave.; a speed networking event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the Owl Wineries in Roseville, 28087 Gratiot Ave.; and a class on “Maximizing Client Referrals Through LinkedIn” at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Roseville Public Library, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

“Additional classes will be forthcoming,” Maki added. “We are seeking partnerships with additional facilitators for requested classes in marketing and customer service. We’re looking to schedule an after-hours social mixer along with business policy roundtables and local guest speakers.”

The cost for such events is free for chamber members and between $10 and $20 for nonmembers. People can register for events at events@erchamber.com.

“The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring new classes and training information to its membership and the community,” Maki wrote. “If you are a small-business owner looking for support and guidance to improve and grow your company, we are here for you. My job as the event coordinator director is to identify member needs and bring programming and solutions to our members so they are successful in our local community.”

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