strength in numbers

As businesses struggle through the Covid pandemic, many recognize that there is strength in numbers. Some businesses are wondering what will help them survive this trying time, while others are actually thriving. At the FME Chamber of Commerce, we understand first-hand the challenges that the entire business community is facing right now. Our team has…

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The 2020 Directory and Community Resource Guide is finally here. Best of all, it’s available, whether you want it digitally and/or in print! Of course, you’ll find some quick facts about our 3 communities and see information at a glance. Then you’ll find information on employment, education and housing. And even more important, you’ll have…

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Who could have predicted that a global pandemic would mean a complete overhaul of how students are educated in our schools? To this end, who thought twice about the massive implications of what this new “home schooling” would bring? The Fife superintendent, Kevin Alfano, spent an hour with the Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber to answer…

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As we slowly reopen for business and the economy picks back up, people and businesses are going to be looking at ways to save money. To that end, you could possibly save on the monthly costs for benefits for both employers and employees. All things considered, businesses are going to need to cut spending. To…

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The SBDC (Small Business Development Center) says, “As you all know, the best time to craft a business resiliency plan is before you go into business. The next best time is now. An actionable resiliency plan could mean the difference between business continuity under adverse conditions and business closure.” They have links for Business Resiliency…

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The Chamber looks for innovative ways to help keep you visible. That’s true even if Covid severly limits your opportunities to be in the community. Kara will be offering the opportunity for a Facebook Live interview to share with our member community online. And meanwhile, Carlos from Creative24 has a professional video option that is…

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Bloodworks Northwest issued a press release today and shared it with the Chamber. Cancellations put supply in danger The Pacific Northwest’s blood supply is at risk of collapse in coming days. The accelerating number of blood drive cancellations due to the closure of schools, businesses, and events over coronavirus concerns has put nearly 60% of…

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Mountain View Community Center dedicates themselves to supporting our community. For example, today they shared info from their website with the chamber. They asked us to share some resources that our community may be looking for. Click the image above to find info on meal resources, entertainment at home, and the need for community volunteers.…

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FME Chamber has a new member, and I am excited for this partnership. But there are not nearly enough people in our business community who know what they do. Their vision, according to Don, “is to be a trusted partner and an asset to our community.” They collaborate with local community colleges provide customized business…

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After their ribbon cutting last week, Dawn sent me an email that made me smile. We did a Facebook Live post and encouraged our member community to join us. Here’s some of what Dawne said. Hi Kara, Now that the dust has settled a bit, I wanted to email to let you know how much…

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Join us this month, on the 3rd Tuesday, March 17 (Saint Patrick’s Day.) Our C3 meeting will be at Charlene’s Baskets and Bows. Certainly, we hope to see you there from 8-9 am. 2121 Meridan Ave E, Edgewood Charlene’s Baskets & Bows, LLC has been doing business in King and Pierce County for the past…

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Deborah Olive, is one of our members who is actively involved in our chamber and in this video, she tells us some of the reasons why her membership works for her. “…it’s the networking and this is a very welcoming group. There’s this real sense of connection…” “A part of my interest is having good…

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Luncheon Sponsorships are a great way to keep your name in front of our business membership and the FME community. Contact Lora for details! Also included in your sponsorship. . . Two complimentary admission tickets Dedicated Chamber Ambassador to assist with setup and tear down Your business name and logo on all promotional materials One…

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In today’s C3 meeting, Deborah helped us uncover and develop our expectations from networking events. Some Take-Aways: If your focus is on yourself, networking won’t be as effective as it could be. You should always go into a room with an agenda. (Are you going to WAIT or ASSERT?) What are your goals for the…

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Please join us for our March Chamber luncheon with Betty Capestany, Economic Development Director for Pierce County. Betty will be giving us important updates on business in Pierce County. She’ll also give us a glimpse of the newly launched, extensive online search tool. This tool, InvestPierceCounty.com, is from the Commercial Broker Association (CBA) listings. Summing up,…

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“If I don’t know anybody but I need to get my business going, I have to join the chamber right away.” “What I’ve discovered with the chamber, having been a member, for almost a year, roughly, is that the quality of the people who make up the chamber is just awesome…”

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