The Right Resource at the Right Time

by Robert Killen, staff

An entrepreneur is an independent sort. It takes that a great deal of self-confidence and self-reliance to venture out in to the wildlands of business. Indeed, survival in the small business landscape demands it.

…to a point.

Entrepreneurial passion, knowledge and instinct can bring a business from nothing into something. However, every business inevitably comes to a crossroads, where access to outside resources is necessary if it is to move forward.

Resource access can be a critical factor determining whether that business flourishes or falters.
One would think, given how integral these resources are to a communityʼs economic vitality, that accessing them would be simple. Unfortunately, in many communities it can be a challenge to find the right resource when you need it. This is where a Chamber of Commerce can and should shine.

If a Chamber is to be a legitimate partner in business for its members and community, it should be well recognized as a hub of business related information and resources. Some of these resources might be offered by the Chamber directly, while others will be offered by community partners. Chambers of Commerce can significantly contribute to their local economic landscape simply by being the ʼgo toʼ resource partner.

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to being this partner. We have internal resources that include marketing expertise and opportunities, business education offerings, connection to government agencies, and more. We have partnered with the Small Business Development Center and SCORE to make free small business consulting available in our office. In addition, we have built a Matrix of Business Support Services which lists many of our regional partners and identifies the scope of services they provide.

The Matrix identifies partner organizations that provide support in the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Training and Development
  • Legal
  • International
  • Incentives
  • Other

Every business will eventually need specialized expertise in one (and perhaps many) of these areas. By bringing together this Matrix, our education partners, and the services we provide directly, we are clearing a path for our members and our community. Improving access to these resources will make it that much easier for entrepreneurs to find the answers they need when they them, and to continue down the road of success.

We are proud to be your partner on this journey.


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