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  • The Chamber Blog

  • A forum to find Chamber resources, event recaps, articles and guest posts. Got feedback or want to contribute? Email us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. Happy reading!
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021
    Guest post: 8 Questions Your Organization Must Be Able to Answer

    As a Professional EOS Implementer®, I work firsthand with businesses every day that are trying to get everyone on the same page and moving in the same direction. The primary necessity to accomplishing this, however, is getting all employees in the organization seeing and hearing the same game plan, as well as using the same playbook to execute it. And believe it or not, this doesn’t need to be a complex process. The clients I work with accomplish creating a unified vision, voice and plan by clarifying and

    Guest author: Patrick Metzger

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    Guest post: Prioritizing strategic planning in times of turbulence

    In March 2020, we turned our collective focus to Right Now. From teleworking to toilet paper, our problems were immediate, our situation ever-changing. Today, while our day-to-day issues may have stabilized, we are still wrestling with an unresolved pandemic, a swift, deep, and unpredictable economic downturn, and growing social and civil unrest. And so, in a time of so much turbulence, is strategic planning for our companies even a priority?

    Guest author: Michelle Mongeon Allen

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    Guest post: Bringing the Hallmark spirit to holiday giving this season

    Traditions are a great way to ramp up excitement for the holiday season. Whether you choose setting up a tree, baking cookies or binge watching the Hallmark channel and their extensive collection of guy/gal-comes-back-to-small-town-and-finds-love-with-person-they-knew-in-high-school movies, there is something about this time of year that feels wonderful. Donating to non-profits is one of those end-of-year traditions that make this community so amazing.

    Guest author: Patrick Kirby

    Friday, November 20, 2020
    Guest post: Giving Back During the COVID-era Holidays

    The title of this article might conjure up diametrically opposed emotions. “COVID” may evoke anxiousness, fear and weariness, while “holidays” may elicit smiles, warmth and nostalgia. We are not the only ones to have these feelings. The “at-risk” community lives it right here in the FMWF area. These brave souls have daily struggles that, if you are like me, we have never experienced and cannot imagine. These folks rely on the reputable, effective and fabulous non-profits that with great passion meet them

    Guest author: John Fisher

    Friday, December 14, 2018
    Tax Reform is Reality

    In December 2017, Congress passed the largest single piece of tax legislation since 1986. Now, as year-end approaches, many businesses are wondering how these new tax laws will affect them at the close of the 2018 tax year and beyond. Adam Sweet, Principal with Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office, shared how tax reform will affect 2018 year-end planning and beyond with a group of Chamber members. Here are a few of the highlights.

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