Harwich Fireworks and More….

Everyone loves Harwich in the Fall……

For more information on weekend activities NEW LOCATION for the Harwich Cranberry Festival –
September 16 & 17, 2017 Harwich Cranberry Festival

Parking- Handicapped Parking is at the Community Center. Public Parking will be at the Town Hall, Brooks Library, Brooks Park & Little Field Parking Areas, MRHS Marked Areas, one way northbound on Oak Street. There are School Busses from 9am-5pm they will pick up in front of the Elementary School and in Front of the Harwich Cultural Center and drop off in front of the Community Center. There will be NO Parking on Cranwood and cutting thru PRIVATE PROPERTY as there will be Snow Fencing lining the access to the field.

Harwich Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce. They’re Back………After a 10 year absence

Harwich Hometown Fireworks Presented by

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

 

Silver Sponsors

Outer Cape Health Services

 Fall for Harwich starts with the Harwich Cranberry Festival’s
Beach Day on Saturday September 9th 11:00am-3:00pm

Harwich Chamber of Commerce Harwich Hometown Parade
Sunday September 10th at 11:30am along Route 28 in Harwich Port.

FIREWORKS Will be part of the Harwich Cranberry Festival Weekend-
September 16 & 17th – all at the New Location Behind the Community Center.

Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th
Harwich Cranberry Festival Behind the Harwich Community Center

Saturday-Arts and Crafters 9-5
Food Vendors 9am-8pm
CranJam 12-8pm
Beer & Wine Garden 12-8pm
FIREWORKS …8:00pm Viewing behind the Community Center
Sunday-Arts and Crafters 9-4pm
Food Vendors 9am-4pm
Interested in volunteering or being a part of the Parade please contact Cyndi Williams
508-430-1165 – cyndi@harwichcc.com

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Start Up Advice

 

startupChambers are often asked for advice on how to start a business. Building your own business from the ground up is no easy task. There is no template or formula to creating a hugely successful business. There is just sheer hard work, determination and a will to succeed. Apple founder Steve Jobs once famously said “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

  1. Make Sure You Have Support

Starting up your own business is a difficult task and this can be made even more so if you feel that you are not being supported by the ones closest to you. How can you expect to succeed if you feel that those nearest and dearest to you do not believe in your abilities? If you’re married and/or have kids, you should also be asking your family how they feel about your working from home, as your decision will affect them both financially and psychologically. If the response is negative, spend time addressing any concerns. If you are unable to change their minds decide whether your goal is worth continuing against their wishes. This does not just end with family, asking close friends, colleagues or peers for their support can give you that added confidence.

  1. Research

In any start-up, you don’t know what you don’t know. This is especially true when you’re entering an unfamiliar industry.

Get started through research, studying the competition and talking to mentors. The first thing when thinking of establishing a new business is to take the time to do research on your market. This doesn’t have to involve substantial costs, you can find out key information by taking the time and undertaking it yourself. This will allow you to perform a SWOT analysis, assessing your competitor’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the marketplace. It will also give a clear picture without any further investment at this time as to the viability of your proposition.

  1. Business Plan

Numerous studies have shown that one of the major reasons new businesses fail is poor planning. If you are planning on starting up a business, you must have a business plan. This will serve as a road map to guide you, and communicate with your bank or investors what you’re doing and why they should invest in you.

It should include a mission statement, executive summary, product or service offerings, target market, marketing plan, industry and competitive analysis.

A detailed and comprehensive business plan should ideally be able to answer the following questions;

  • What primary product(s) or service(s) will you provide?
  • What will you charge for your products(s) or services(s)?
  • What does it cost you to deliver this product or service?
  • How many pieces must you sell or how many clients must you secure to generate the revenue you desire?
  • Who is the target market for your product(s) or service(s)?
  • Why will they buy from you?
  • How exactly will you reach your target market to sell to them?
  • How will you get going right now with your currently available resources? What do you absolutely need that you’ll need help with?
  • What could stand in your way of generating sales—and how will you overcome such obstacles?
  • What benchmarks must you reach to qualify your business as a success?
  1. Find the Right Funding

Potential sources of funding include a small-business loan from your local bank, tapping into your savings, money from other investments, borrowing from family/friends and, as a last resort, credit cards. Ideally, this investment will help you break even after a year, but keep in mind that even successful businesses can remain in debt for the first few years. The best way to start a business is to start out small and dip your toe in, so to speak. The advantages to testing your market will ensure you do not end up in a hole, with nothing to show. There are a lot of successful businesses, which have started out with a very minimal investment a great product and a great business strategy.

The amount of avenues in which you can obtain capital is large and research can help you uncover them.

  1. Learn Why Others Have Failed

People naturally want to emulate success by analyzing successful business models, but it’s more important to learn from companies that have failed. You can learn from success stories but that same is true of failures. Learning from others mistakes significantly decreases your chances of following the same path. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell once said “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

There can be thousands of factors that contribute to business success, but when a business fails, it’s often easy to pinpoint the reasons. You must avoid making these mistakes yourself.

  1. Getting Your Name Out There – Networking

There is usually a local or national trade show expo or conference in every industry, where the “who’s who” all gathers in one place. Your local chamber may even host a business expo. Attend these events. You’ll have the chance to learn the lay of the land, meet hundreds of people in person and learn about what’s new in your industry. It’s also a great place to form new partnerships. Bring lots of business cards!

The moment your business strategy has evolved, start attending networking events. Becoming a member of your local chamber will probably give you access to a whole host of networking events throughout the year. If not, reach out on social media for ways to grow your network.

 

Brian Cleary is the Chief Executive of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest business services organizations in Ireland. He’s also the past director of Chambers Ireland. He writes for a number of online publications and is a regular co-presenter of the ‘Small Business Show’ a syndicated radio program broadcast on a number of stations throughout Ireland and available as a podcast.

Posted by Jeremy Gingras

 

Selfies for Business

5 Selfies You Need to Take for Your Business

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Selfies are no longer the domain of duck-faced teenaged girls. (That’s not an insult. It’s a description. Google it.) They’re gaining in popularity among adults and businesses too. Selfies are a way of showing customers and potential customers a “behind the scenes” look at your business. They also are an effective way of telling your business story.

In addition to selfies, photo bombs can be lots of fun as they are extremely shareable content. Photo bombs start off as portraits, similar to selfies, but the person in the foreground is upstaged by what’s going on behind him/her.

Here are 5 types of selfies/photo bombs you should take for your business and post to your social streams:

Your History
A selfie of the business owner in front of something historic about the business or the year it opened. Good ideas include standing in front of an old picture of the business from way back when, standing in front of a former owner’s portrait, or the first dollar made in the business. If you founded the business yourself, recreate a picture of you taken when you first opened and display them side by side.

What Makes You Unique (and the same)
This picture is all about showcasing your personality but remember it is for business as well. Try taking a shot in front of a favorite collection or hobby, a picture of you in your favorite spot in town, or you enjoying your favorite meal.

When you post it ask a question of your audience, so while it appears to be about you, you are opening it up to a greater connection with them. Have fun with it. For example, taking a picture of you in the morning with your coffee/favorite mug. The caption could read, “You should’ve seen me before I had my first cup. Anyone else unapproachable before their morning coffee?”

You and Your Right Hand Not literally.
This selfie is a picture of you and the person (or people) who helps you beyond measure. It could be someone who works for you, or a vendor partner, your entire team, or your best customer. The point of this selfie is anything but self-serving. Show some appreciation on a grand level. Mention how thankful you are for that person in the post.

Answer the Most Common Question Asked of Your Business
This selfie is a unique way of answering the most commonly-asked question you hear in your business. For instance, if you are always asked your hours take a picture of yourself Vanna White style showcasing your open sign and listing your hours. Make it funny and you’re more apt to see shares.

Show the Busy-ness
This idea is more of a photo bomb than a selfie but sneak up on your employees hard at work, or sneak into a meeting and take a picture of yourself with them in the background.

The key to this shot is the caption you use when posting it. Something funny like, “This team is always hard at work, regardless of what I’m doing.”, makes people laugh. Let’s face it, people identify with jokes about hard-working employees and their bosses.

Selfies and photo bombs lend a humorous air to your social media shares. They delight your audience and show a fun side of your business.

All social media posts should either educate, entice, or entertain. With selfies you have the last one covered brilliantly.

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine, NTEN.org, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com and Memberclicks. She’s just a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Posted by Jeremy Gingras

Snowman Scavenger Hunt

Snowman Scavenger Hunt Harwich, Cape Cod

Snowman Scavenger Hunt Harwich, Cape Cod

 

Snowman Scavenger Hunt Harwich, Cape Cod
January 5th through February 25, 2015

Entry Form

Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Email:

 

Answer 5 questions correctly to be entered into our drawing of prizes from participating businesses.

Drawing to be held on February 28, 2015.

All entry forms must be received by February 25th at the

Harwich Chamber of Commerce, 1 Schoolhouse Road Harwich Port, MA 02646.

For questions and information please call the Harwich Chamber of Commerce 508-430-1165

 

East Harwich

400 East Restaurant- 1421 Orleans Road East Harwich, MA 02645-Where is Rich from?

 

Cape Cod Beach Chair-1150 Queen Anne Harwich, MA 02645-What type of fish is hanging on the wall above the chair in the showroom?

 

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod-1179 Orleans Road East Harwich, MA 02645-What is the 44 week challenge?

Consigning Women-175 Route 137 East Harwich, MA 02645-What year did we open?

 

Dunkin Donuts- Clock Tower-Route 137 in Consigning Women Plaza- What is the Saturday Special?

Talbots-115 Route 137 Harwich, MA 02645- Name one of our top 10 gift ideas

 

Harwich-

Brooks Free Library-739 Main Street Harwich Center, MA 02645

Ellen Jones Community Dental Care-351 Pleasant Lake Avenue Harwich, MA 02645-What is the Mascot’s Name?


Harwich Port

Cranberry Jewelers554 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646-We Sell what kind of Gem Stone Jewelry?

Dunkin Donuts-Rt. 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646What is the month’s coffee special?

Dr. Gravity’s Kite and Toy Shop-560 Main Street Harwich Port, MA 02646 Name a Game on the wall?

Ember Pizza-600 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA -What year did Ember Open?

Harwich Chamber of Commerce
– 1 Schoolhouse Road Harwich Port, MA 02646- How many years has Sally been a Volunteer at the Harwich Chamber?

Heather’s Hairport-585 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646- How many pedicure chairs do we have in our salon?

Make Art Events-559 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646 What item in the shop is made specifically made only at Picket Fence?

Monahan & Co Fine Jewelers-540 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646-Where is Jeremiah’s brother Patrick?

Port-O-Call Gift House-520 Route 28 Harwich Port, MA 02646 What company’s jewelry is featured in the display case on the checkout counter?

South Harwich

 

Visiting Angels-915 Route 28 Suite 1 Harwich, MA 02645 Visiting Angels offices are on two floors which floor is the painting of Chatham Lighthouse located?

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