Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce pushing small business development

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce pushing small business development
dothan chamber small biz event

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce is offering classes specifically designed to help small businesses grow.

“A lot of these small businesses don’t really have a department or the funds to be able to go and pay for a facilitator,” Hayden Camp, Director of Membership.

“This allows us to compete against local businesses,”said Jessica Whitehead, Marketing ServPro.

For Jessica Whitehead Marketing Representative for ServPro, a fire and water restoration company, it’s about learning how to set their locally owned franchise apart.

“I wanted to come out and get some insight on how to form a long range plan for myself and my marking rep to help grow our business,” said Whitehead.

This week, the chamber is providing seminars for small business owners tailored around hiring, planning, and growing.

“Were in a competitive market so it’s very difficult today to try and cut through the clutter. I think it will help you stand out and I think it will help you clearly communicate who you are,” said Jeremy Arthur, CEO/President Chamber of Commerce Alabama. .

The hope is that these sessions will help the businesses sustain and help the local economy.

“Eighty-four percent of our membership is small businesses and that constitutes a lot of our community and what we’re trying to do is keep those businesses thriving,” said Camp.

“All of us may want to have 3,000 employees, but its that employee base of five,10 less than 25 members that are really providing the services we all use locally and that really define who we are as a community,” said Arthur.

Tuesday’s event is part of a week long series. Upcoming events include:

  • Wednesday: Coffee and Clarity 10 a.m. Women’s CEO Alliance.
    • Small Business Person of the Year Luncheon 11:30 am WindMill Station
  • Thursday: Business Connections Event 3 p.m. Mural City Coffee Company

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