Chamber Nation
by Chamber Nation on December 5th, 2011

Are Your Items Made in the United States?
Chamber of Comerce members around the country are connecting and displaying their USA made products through the Buy Local Program automation. When they post and select "Made in USA" then their items are added to this resource guide automatically.

Businesses who would like to display their products and services here at no charge are encouraged to join a participating Chamber of Commerce.

Call 1-855-233-6362 to request the location of a Chamber closest to your location.

by Chamber Nation on December 5th, 2011

by Chamber Nation on November 16th, 2011

Every business today can benefit from having a smart mobile strategy.

It starts with covering both marketplaces and thats INCLUDED too!

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When we say easy we really mean easy. It's even easier when our team sets the whole program up for you.

We don't sacrifice the advanced services Chamber of Commerce members need to promote their businesses locally, and via the most popular mobile marketplaces.

Chamber Search Engine

National search engines lead people to Chambers of Commerce thousands of times a day.

People typically use search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask to find information on a local community. It's critical that Chamber Member businesses are optimized locally to take advantage of this traffic.


by Chamber Nation on October 3rd, 2011

Meporter Citizen Journalism and Hyperlocal News Reporting System.

Welcome to the mobile newsdesk. Say goodbye to next day stories. Help share breaking news through the Chamber of Commerce website, your community and the world on location.

Now with a unique localized reporting module for Chambers of Commerce. During your Chamber Nation implementation phase, we'll offer to integrate this powerful news reporting system at no additional cost.

Please visit:

by Chamber Nation on September 27th, 2011

Our Chamber Nation engineering team received this compliment today from a customer.

When our program helps others grow that really makes us happy.

Here is what our customer had to say:

Chris & Chris,

Just a quick note to share and say, "Thanks!"

The changes we just finished for the custom pages in the TCS system lead to signing a Property Manager and acquiring 16 new Homeowner Association Member Accounts all using the TCS system.

It is just the beginning! Again thanks for everything and for making this so much fun! Your hard work and attention to detail is really appropriated. You guys rock!


by Chamber Nation on July 27th, 2011

Chambers of Commerce throughout the country are providing unique solutions to their members.

Members look to their Chambers of Commerce for guidance in areas of business development.

For this reason Chamber Nation has created the first ever Mobile Publshing System for self publishing of mobile applications.

This creates a LOW COST mobile development platform and a great on-going revenue model for the Chamber.

We invite you to read all about this at the Mobile Publishing System website.

by Chamber Nation on July 7th, 2011

July 7, 2011 - Chamber Nation

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Chamber App Store. A store dedicated to providing great mobile applications for Chambers of Commerce at affordable prices.

"Most Chambers of Commerce have a very limited budget" says Richard Scully, CEO of Chamber Nation.

All communities must be online through many different channels. This includes Print, Website, Social Networking and Mobile App Marketplaces.

We are hopeful that the Chamber App Store will satisfy this need in even the smallest communities where budgets are tightest. Chamber Nation knows all about small communities... our community here in Quincy California has a population of about 5000, but we serve tens of thousands through the Internet. It goes to show how important it is to promote small communities and their member businesses througout the nation.

We are releasing the Chamber Mobile App on July 15, 2011.

Be sure to visit: to learn all about it.

by Chamber Nation on June 16th, 2011

Our new Chamber Nation online training and podcasting center is almost ready to go. A few more technical things to do and we should be providing even better training. We hope to hold inter-active meetings with our customers via web-cams soon. This will help us become more personal with our clients. We like that!

We also hope to imporve our town-hall member meetings through this type of technology too! We've got a lot to do nation-wide so this is just another way to make that process a bit more efficient along the way.

by Chamber Nation on June 4th, 2011


COLLEYVILLE - Economic development - most often translated as attracting businesses to the city and retaining the ones already here - is at the top of Colleyville's to-do list.
City officials offer studies to business prospects on the number of people within a 17-minute drive of Colleyville Boulevard and Main Street - 254,000 people. They have provided SCORE consultants with a City Hall office, so they can offer free business planning advice. On May 16, the city sponsored a business appreciation evening at the Colleyville Center, to say thank you to local business owners.
Marty Wieder, the director of economic development, likes to repeat, what he calls a "truth," he heard many years ago to explain his attitude toward business. "Businesses will locate where they can profit, but they will stay where they're wanted."
To that end, Wieder, along with his marketing coordinator, Ashley Stathatos, are continually working on ways to help the local merchants become more competitive. They have dropped the former campaign slogan of Keep It Colleyville as being too close to phrases used by nearby cities. The new slogan is Colleyville. Close Buy. The words are accommodated by a stylized graphic of a purse with a heart on it and a fork and a spoon on either side.
"What I like about it is that not only does it point out the shopping portion, but the dining," Wieder told the City Council at an April presentation.
More than 80 merchants attended the second-annual appreciation event.
"It is most important for us to say thanks to local businesses," Wieder said.
Mayor David Kelly welcomed the participants. "We depend on our businesses," he told them. "You are a major part of our community."
Booths, most representing the city departments, were set up. Kelly noted that the city can offer a sophisticated mapping system to help someone locate the perfect site for a store, or provide a retailer with a security check by a police officer. Both services are free.
Stathatos showed a new web-based service the city is developing in conjunction with the national web company, Chamber Nation. "It is designed to help drive consumers into Colleyville businesses," she said, adding that it will be at no cost to the merchants.
The system will allow retailers, restaurant or other business owner to have a website presence, Stathatos said. "You can create your own website or a profile page or link to an existing website," she said. "You can upload videos, pictures, slide shows or link to your Facebook or Linkedin pages. All of that can be seen through this website."
Merchants can also create discount coupons, she said. And they would be able to sell directly to customers off of the website.
Stathatos said that using the platform is easy. "If you can drag something from one place to another [on a computer screen], that's all you need to know to do it," she said. "Literally, it takes two minutes to figure it out how to use it."
Wieder said Stathatos will review each page before the public sees it. "We want to be assured that we don't have businesses in neighboring cities that want to get close to this and tag onto it," he told City Council members at an earlier briefing. "This is strictly Colleyville."
As of last week, Stathatos has not signed up the minimum of 40 local businesses to take the new site public, though she is continuing to sign them up. The idea, Wieder said, is to have enough businesses on the site to make it worthwhile for people to use it.
Although the merchant is not charged for having a presence on the website, the city pays $350 per month for the service from Chamber Nation, Stathatos said. While Chamber Nation is not affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it is connected to the Green Business Chamber of Commerce, a cooperative service of local chambers that promote green business practices, according to its website.

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by Chamber Nation on June 2nd, 2011

* FREE to Member's and Staff who are currently part of the Chamber Nation network. Don't Miss This - You'll be Impressed (limit of 3 free admissions per event so call soon).

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It's more than a seminar and less than a weekend commitment. Anyone can carve out a block of 24 hours in their schedule and create a turning point towards a bigger, bolder, deeper and more meaningful level of success.

We've taken the best of our business development strategies and added new content modules that will guarantee your success. You will...
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by Chamber Nation on May 9th, 2011

Chamber Nation is thrilled to announce the formal release of our Real Work Experience program for communities nationwide.

We invite Chambers of Commerce to partner with their local school, college or university so that members can get the most from the Internet.

You may be impressed... to find out please visit:

by Chamber Nation on March 4th, 2011

When you join a Chamber of Commerce, you become part of an institution. It's a team of residents, growing local business and promoting the community as a whole.
As a Chamber member you gain immediate access to the "Most Trusted Source for Local Information" - the Chamber of Commerce.

As a Chamber member you become a part of a vibrant group of businesses with the advantage of a local referral network.

We're helping grow memberships one phone at a time.

ChamberMe is designed to provide an overview of Chambers of Commerce and to introduce the next generation of business people to the advantages of membership in their local Chamber of Commerce.

Remember…The Chamber of Commerce is the most trusted source for information on local businesses and services. Chamber Nation would like to introduce a new generation of business people to the advantages of Chamber membership regardless of the size or location of the Chamber of Commerce.

ChamberMe is a free gift to all Chambers of Commerce and sponsored by Chamber Nation.

by Chamber Nation on March 1st, 2011

We are proud to have launched our new member training and support application for Chamber of Commerce members who are part of the Chamber Nation network.

You can view this mobile application by using the browser on your cell phone and going to:


by Chamber Nation on February 12th, 2011

SILVER SPRINGS--The Silver Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will present its new website at Wednesday's meeting at 7 p.m. at Hillyard Hall.

The founder of Chamber Nation, Richard Scully, will make the presentation.

The new website offers Chamber members a variety of options to advertise their business, and members who wish to participate in the website can receive their own web page where they can post photos, advertise products and more.

The Chamber meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 577-4336 or 775-354-4314.

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by Chamber Nation on February 4th, 2011

Small Businesses Can Survive and Thrive in 2011, Says Business Development Expert Mark LeBlanc
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 3, 2011 — This year can be a great time to start a new small business or grow a business, says small business marketing expert Mark LeBlanc, author of “Growing Your Business!”

“There has never been a better time to be in business for yourself than right now because the opportunities are endless,” said LeBlanc, an in-demand small business speaker who recently completed a 15-city speaking tour sponsored by JP Morgan Chase Bank that helped small business owners focus on money and marketing plans that get results. “But,” he warns, “you must be more innovative and creative than ever before.”


by Chamber Nation on November 12th, 2010

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by Chamber Nation on November 8th, 2010

Q: I am tasked with redoing our company website. I am planning on using a free or low-cost service and then customizing the template. My question is what do other small businesses do right and wrong when creating a business website — that is, are there things I should add or be on the lookout for?

A: Someone recently told me that he considers a company's website to be so important, and so fundamental, that it is the "the business card of the 21st century."

Close, but no cigar.

I think my associate understates it. Yes, like a business card, your website is the first thing people often see when encountering your business, but it also has become a major factor in whether people even choose to do business with you. No business card can claim that. So your site has to be great.

Here, then, are the 7 Deadly Small-Business Website Mistakes that you must avoid:

1. The site confuses the Web for a billboard: Every now and then you will run across a small-business website that gets it: It is graphically appealing, it contains valuable, unique content, and it engages the visitor. It is a sales tool, meet-and-greet, advertisement, brochure and conduit, all in one.

But most small-business websites do not do that. Instead, they are simply an online version of a billboard or other sort of basic ad: a big headline with some backup information and not much more.


The days when you could simply throw up an e-version of your Yellow Pages ad are long over. Yellow Pages ads are great because they serve a specific purpose, and do it very well — namely, to get the phone to ring. But the purpose of your website goes beyond that. Sure, a great small-business website will cause the phone to ring (or the e-mail to be sent), but it should also create a positive, lasting impression.

To do that, the site has to engage, not just be.

2. The site lacks a great "About" page: Because your website is your virtual version of your store or office, it must serve that function well, and you do that by having a robust "About Us" page.

The About Us page tells people who you are, what you are about and why they should trust you. It is one of the most-clicked-on pages on any website. People want to know who you are, your history and story, so a well-written, jargon-free, interesting About Us page is essential. Putting a short video there (more on that later) may even be better.

Your About Us page is your online version of a firm handshake and a look in the eye. It helps people to trust you.

3. The site contains mistakes: Dead links, 404 Error pages and typos are the sort of sloppy errors that can turn a prospective client off. After all, if your site contains mistakes, what does that say about the sort of work you may do for the client?

4. The site lacks ways to further connect online: Does your site have a blog and can people get to it within one click from your home page? They should be able to. Can site visitors surf over to your Facebook page from your site? Can people easily follow you on Twitter, or link with you on LinkedIn, by clicking links on your site?

5. The site is not SEO friendly: People should be able to find your site in a variety of ways:

•From seeing your URL in your ads, business card, or store.

•By finding you via forums, articles you have written, or social-media sites.

•From online ads if you use those.

•And, probably most important, by locating you in a search-engine result.

That last one comes from, of course, search engine optimization (SEO). An SEO-friendly site is one where there is plenty of content (updated regularly), where the content is full of key words and phrases, and where there are plenty of incoming links.

6. The site lacks video: This is the YouTube age. People like and watch video online. Use that. Your site visitors will click on the videos you post, so put up how-to videos or videos that introduce your staff or business or product demonstrations — just as long as you have some video.

7. The site's pages lack a call to action: What do you want people to do on your site — buy something, call you, apply, opt-in, download, e-mail or what? Whatever the answer, you have to encourage them to do it. Go on your site and notice how many of your pages lack a call to action. Fix it.

Today's Tip: Don't guess when choosing your keywords. Good tracking tools include Google's keyword tool, Wordtracker, and Keyword Discovery.

Ask an Expert appears Mondays. You can e-mail Steve Strauss at: you can click here to see previous columns. Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer, author and speaker who specializes in small business and entrepreneurship. His latest book is The Small Business Bible. You can sign up for his free newsletter, "Small Business Success Secrets!" at his website — Follow him on Twitter at

by Chamber Nation on November 5th, 2010

By Lee Allen, for Inside Tucson Business
Published on Friday, October 29th, 2010

In business, as in all of life, there is strength in unity and working together makes a lot more sense than having to fight daily battles by yourself. Hence the advice from the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce (SAGCC): If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

But SAGCC wants to do both — go far and do so rapidly —and the newest member of the eight chambers, linked together under the banner of the Southern Arizona Chamber Alliance, has taken off since its launch in March.

“We’re a nonprofit trade association of businesses, organizations, students, and individuals interested in the concept of sustainability in Southern Arizona,” said Melissa Black, president of SAGCC. “Our efforts are directed at promoting the common economic interests of our members while advocating for ecologically sound policies and sustainable practices in the business community. It is not our intent to duplicate the offerings of other sustainable organizations, but rather to compliment them.”

The listed chamber mission is to enhance the regional green business climate by researching, educating, and promoting sustainable business practices and lobbying to enact practical legislation of those practices to maximize green footprints.

The idea began in the fall of 2009 and grew out of business colleagues Black and John Brown of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce discussing a mutual desire to increase solar energy use in Southern Arizona.

“We’re being passed on the solar technology curve by places like Portland and Denver because we don’t adequately inform the populace about solar benefits so they can make different life choices,” said Black, owner of Solar Gain Inc., and a listed ‘eco broker’ with Long Realty.

“John and I began contacting green friends and acquaintances, they quickly jumped on board, and we were off to the races,” she said.

“We’re a volunteer organization, board run, with no executive director, and we’re working as hard and fast as we can to put our foundation and infrastructure in place.”

However they’re doing it, it’s working. In slightly more than six months, membership is closing in on 200.

“We’re riding the green wave that’s sweeping the country, tapping into what is happening around us and putting a more specific emphasis on the business component. In our homes, as individuals, we can have a positive influence on the environment. When those efforts concerning energy usage and resource reduction and recycling are translated into the business equation, collectively we can help move the shift to sustainability,” she said.

Among the existing chamber membership list are names and organizations that are easily recognized in the sustainable community: entities like the Community Food Bank.

“We’re a green organization in many ways,” said Bill Carnegie, president and CEO of the Food Bank. “We practice a wide range of recycling, harvest water in our own cistern, operate hybrid vehicles, reduce utility costs by using solar at our main warehouse, and compost for our farm and garden. With common goals of sustainability like these, the Community Food Bank and the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce make a good, and very logical, fit.”

There’s room for a lot more growth according to a City of Tucson Sustainability Office report that shows more than 35,000 firms licensed to do business in Southern Arizona.

“We’re looking forward to launching a coordinated membership drive in 2011 with the expectation that we could have 500 members by years end,” Black said. “The enthusiasm of our current membership about growing the business community in a greener direction is palpable. There’s a buzz of excitement in the room at all of our events with like-minded people getting together and collaborating on how to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste. It’s exciting and contagious and we encourage each other about our potential to have a positive influence when we all work together.”

The fledgling organization has a public presence in new offices at 44 E. Broadway and is active in holding monthly mixers and networking breakfasts. The next mixer is 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and the next breakfast meeting is 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17. Details are on the SAGCC website.

Chamber members also get to show how they back up their words with action as in the case of an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Apache Nitrogen Products, 1436 S. Apache Powder Road, Benson.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as part of our corporate social responsibility program and want people to see the results of our efforts,” said Pamela Beilke, spokeswoman for Apache Nitrogen.

Between tours of the plant and its wetland area, the event will show off a new solar system now providing electricity and a rainwater harvesting system to irrigate desert xeriscape.

“We challenge businesses in Southern Arizona to step forward with green sustainable practices that will alter the energy equation and ensure future sustainability,” said Black.

Biz Facts44 E. Broadway

Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce

(520) 777-7138

Lee Allen is a Tucson-based freelance writer.

Copyright © 2010 Inside Tucson Business

by Chamber Nation on September 7th, 2010

New Reno-Sparks nonprofit offers database of locally-owned businesses

As a third-generation Reno resident, Dave Asher is as local as they come, and proud of it.


To be a true local, Asher says, one must shop local.

To grow the idea, Asher recently started his own nonprofit, LiveLocal RenoSparks. The nonprofit is dedicated to promoting local businesses and community sustainability, but Asher has an even bigger goal -- to change the shape of Reno's economy via a 10 percent shift in spending, from nonlocally owned businesses to locally owned businesses.

"I call it my local economic recovery program," Asher said.

The basis of that program is the website, which includes a directory and search engine for locally owned businesses, with subcategories for local franchises and "friends of local businesses."

"It's one thing to say 'buy local,'" Asher said. "But I'm the first one here to say, 'Who's local?'"

Asher has more than 2,800 locally owned businesses in his directory, which has been up and running since July 4.

Any business can list for free. The listing includes a link to the business's website and a Google map with its location. Businesses also can pay a fee to become members of LiveLocal RenoSparks' business co-op, which provides additional marketing tools and other benefits.

The website, which Asher maintains, also includes other resources and links related to community sustainability and the idea of local economic recovery through local business support.

Asher said he hopes the website will both educate consumers about local spending and be used as a resource. He also wants to provide a network for local businesses to support one another, he said. Asher witnessed first-hand the destruction of local businesses as a former owner of a local advertising agency.

"I was really motivated by all the business closures," he said. "It just drove me crazy."

Asher started to research the movement and came across an organization called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. BALLE is a national network of more than 30,000 socially responsible, independent businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

Asher became a member, representing the Reno-Sparks-Carson-Tahoe region. But, while LiveLocal RenoSparks is associated with BALLE, Asher said his nonprofit is unique in that it offers free listings in its directory.

"I believe you have to support all local companies in order to make a change," Asher said. "Not just members."

The change Asher seeks is what he calls the "10 percent shift" is based on a national movement.

"Each dollar spent at locally owned businesses re-circulates two to four times in our community," Asher said.

Asher said that such a shift could result in an additional $400 million per year circulating locally instead of leaving the state.

"We're only talking about money that is already going to be spent," Asher said. "Yes, Starbucks has great coffee, and we're not trying to take that away from them. But one time out of 10, go to a local shop to support them. ... You're already going to spend the money, just shift where it is spent."

by Chamber Nation on August 24th, 2010

Original Article Here:
Booster of ‘buy local’ develops directory to locally owned firms

NNBW staff, 8/23/2010
Tired of seeing dozens of local businesses fail during two years of economic turmoil, Dave Asher created an online directory of local businesses that Reno-Sparks consumers could frequent to help bolster the region’s flagging economy.

Asher says he’s compiled close to 2,800 locally owned businesses in the Reno-Sparks region on the Web site.

“I built this to help turn our economy around,” says Asher. “I am one of first in the whole country to create a list of every independently owned business for free — I am like the Google of locally owned.”

Asher estimates he’s put in about 60 hours a week the past few months establishing the database of local businesses. The idea is part of a national movement, he says, called the 10-percent shift.

“If we shift 10 percent of what we spend to locally owned businesses, we can create $350 million in revenue that’s staying in Reno-Sparks,” Asher says.

Asher says each listing took at least five minutes of research, and compiling the lists took many weeks behind the computer. He also struggled initially to find the computer software program that would allow him to link to businesses’ Web sites and provide Google maps of the establishments.

“It took months to get the right software — this is about the fourth time I’ve started this project.”

The new software package also allows Asher to build Web sites for clients and teach them how to update them. He plans to cash in on the project by selling memberships to the site for businesses that need Web sites and Internet marketing services. Memberships start at $200 annually.

“If you are going to get your car worked on, go to Greg’s Garage. If you are going to go to a casino, go to the Eldorado. It’s one thing to preach to buy local, but I’m providing a directory that supports that theme,” he says.