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Business Development and Marketing Tips

Business Development and Marketing Tips
For Small Businesses, Session One

Presented by
Sherran Spurlock, Business Development Consultant and Trainer

The instructor’s goal is to help those in small business professions to grow their business. Most business owners start a business because of their technical expertise but few have the knowledge necessary to grow the company to the next level. Such uncertainty can become debilitating and stressful. A reference book will be provided with this course that encapsulates over 25 years of hands-on business development and marketing experience.

This interactive class will provide actionable, valuable insights into the business development and sales process that can be applied immediately. The student will finish the class with a practical guide for a defined step-by-step business development process.

This course will be helpful for the business owner, business development specialist, sales and marketing manager, staff professional, or employee in a company that provides technical professional services. What you learn will take the trial and error out of your marketing efforts and allow you to work smarter. Wisdom is learning from another’s experiences.

Session I
• The Basic Principles of Business Development
• Becoming a Rainmaker
• Developing the Business Development Plan
• Networking Skills
• Using the Telephone as an Effective Tool
• The Introductory Client Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center/
Polk State Corporate College Auditorium
310 Technology Drive, Bartow, FL
C ost: $39.00 Per Person

This program is open to the public and is accompanied by a
complimentary continental breakfast. For more information
on this workshop and future offerings, please contact
Jeff Clark at (863) 533-7125.
Register online at www.bartowchamber.com

To register for this event, click here.

The Polk State Corporate College provides customized workforce training through eight institutes, including the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, Child Care Training Institute, Contractor Safety Training Institute, Insurance Institute, IT/Computer Institute, Professional Development Institute, Real Estate Institute, and Supply Chain Management Institute

 

Leadership XVI Travels To Tallahassee For Polk County Day

By Jeff Roslow, Leadership XVI Class Historian

Part of the mission of the Leadership Bartow crew going to Tallahassee was to raise awareness of Polk County in Florida's Capital. We probably did that in the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Not a Chamber of Commerce as one may think, this agency could be billed as a political action group, according to our speaker, Greg Blose. Blose told us the Florida Chamber is a political group and explained the Florida Chamber endorses candidates for the Legislature and the Florida Cabinet. He said in the last election the Chamber backed many Democratic candidates who were successful.

I was skeptical, as both houses in Tallahassee have major Republican majorities and my memory of the 2014 races went more toward the GOP candidates than it did for Democrats.

On the Florida Chamber's website, it showed in 2014 it endorsed Rick Scott for Governor, Pam Bondi for Attorney General, Jeff Atwater for Chief Financial Officer and Adam Putnam for Commissioner of Agriculture. All are Republicans. In the Florida Senate, the Florida Chamber endorsed seven candidates, six Republicans and one Democrat. In the Florida House the Florida Chamber endorsed 57 Republicans and eight Democrats.

Blose said generally speaking the Florida Chamber backs Republicans principles and it backs Democrats that are more in the middle to conservative. To my view the Florida Chamber has always been for business development.

Though he wasn't on our schedule, we got a chance to see the Governor. In the courtyard between the old Courthouse and the new one there were many tables with items from the National Guard. At the end of the courtyard, Gov. Rick Scott handed out ribbon necklaces to soldiers. When he was done it was picture time. Our class was certainly among those who wanted pictures. While that was a fun bit, probably the best photos I got had nothing to do with the governor. It was with classmate J.C. Martin who manned the blown up lifeboat in his best Valley Forge pose.


    
That evening we dressed and went to the Polk County Reception at the top of the courthouse - on the 22nd floor. We were greeted by Polk County delegates shaking hands, talking policies and politics. A short ceremony introduced the Polk County delegates and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave a short speech welcoming us to the event.

The second day we spent in Tallahassee was mostly in the Legislature. There were visits from Cabinet members - Ben Albritton, Pam Bondi, Denise Grimsley, Neal Combee and more; a tour of the House of the Representatives; and for me a little fun game of trivia. On one of the walls in the lobby there were some Florida facts on display.

Florida is 447 miles long from Key West to St. Mary's River. It is 361 miles wide from the Atlantic Ocean to the Perdido River. It was the 27th state of the United States, the state motto is In God We Trust (which I thought was already taken), the state pie is Key Lime, the Cracker Horse is the state horse, the loggerhead turtle is the saltwater reptile and April 2 is state day.

Perhaps the highlight of the second day was a visit with Adam Putnam. That visit started our day. We waited for him as he was in a staff meeting and when he walked in the door he was immediately greeted by an apparent lookalike in our class in David Sandow.

David, is not a politician. He is the branch manager at Spherion Staffing. When he moved to Polk County in 2004 he said he was frequently mistaken for Adam Putnam and he was not shy in letting the Commissioner of Agriculture know that. Actually I doubt David's been shy about anything in his life.

Anyway, he said people would greet him, look at him at gas pumps, in restaurants and welcome him back into town. Some knew he wasn't Adam Putnam but even those people assumed he was in the family.

“I didn't even know who you were,” he told the Commissioner of Agriculture.

When you see them side by side they don't really look alike, but I suppose if you don't have them side by side it can be easy to think David is Adam. I doubt that happens the other way.

David told me later, the comparisons have not ceased. In fact it even happened while we were in Tallahassee. Good thing he was wearing his name tag.

And with Putnam being thought of as a governor candidate it is giving David an easy set up for the obvious question, “Are you going to take a shot at governor?”

“I just tell them when the time feels right.”

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Community Corporate Partners

INVESTING IN THE SUCCESS OF THEIR COMMUNITY . . . the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the following businesses for their annual pledge of support to help make our community a better place to live, work and operate businesses.
Chairmen Level - $10,000 Partner

 

A-C-T

CITY OF BARTOW

MOSAIC

SPATH JEWELERS

 

President Level - $5,000 Partner

 

BARTOW FORD

 

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

 

COMMUNITY SOUTHERN BANK

 

EVOLVE PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, LLC

 

TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner

BADCOCK HOME FURNITURE & MORE

 

BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

 

CENTERSTATE BANK

 

DMAR BUSINESS CENTERS USA, LLC

 

PALLETONE, INC.

 

PARTY PEOPLE CELEBRATION COMPANY

 

POLK COUNTY DEMOCRAT

 

SEMCO CONSTRUCTION

 

SPHERION STAFFING

 

TIM JONES BARBER SHOP

 

WATSON CLINIC, LLP

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

CRUISE PLANNERS

 

MCGEE AUTO SERVICE & TIRES

 

SACKETT RANCH

 

STINGRAY CHEVROLET BARTOW

 

TINDALE OLIVER

 

TRAVISS CAREER CENTER-WORKFORCE EDUCATION

 

THE VILLAGES AT LAUREL MEADOWS

 

Business Level - $500 Partner

STATE FARM INSURANCE - MICHELL GITHENS

SWAGELOK CENTRAL FLORIDA

WHIDDEN-MCLEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC.


 

Interested in becoming a Community Corporate Partner? Your company can benefit, as you benefit the community. The Community Corporate Partner program offers our Community Corporate Partners valuable perks to thank them for their support. Call Barbara Adamson today at 863-533-7125 and find out how we can help you help your community.

 

 

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