The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host the first in a series of workshops titled Retail Resources on Thursday, June 28.
The beginning session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the H-E-B Room of Hill Country University Center, 2818 U.S. 290 East.
This free workshop is open to owners and managers of any type of retail business, chamber members and non-members.
“My background is small business,” said Chamber Board Chair Wayne Reeh. “I was self-employed for 28 years and know firsthand the juggling act required to manage day-to-day tasks. Many days you just run out of time trying to make ends meet.”
He added that small business owners don’t have the luxury of hiring managers to take care of HR issues, insurance, a retirement plan, financing, taxes, payroll and marketing.
“After several years in business, I met two successful business men who became mentors,” Reeh said. “The two most important things they taught me were to work in your business every day, being there when a customer asks for you and learning to work smarter, not harder. They taught me to seek out professionals who could assist in the areas of my business where I was not very strong in like insurance or marketing.”
“By soliciting the advice of those professionals, it allowed me to focus on what I enjoyed and what I did best; interact with my customers and concentrate on profit,” he said.
The goal of Retail Resources is to bring together the retail community and offer to them resources that they either did not know existed or never had the time to seek out.
The first workshop will introduce attendees to the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and will be presented by Joseph Polichino Jr. and the SCORE team of professionals.
“If you are a small business owner and do not know the resources available from SCORE, you do not want to miss this presentation,” said Penny McBride, Chamber CEO and president.
Reeh added, “Two things I hope to see come out of these workshops; the first is even though many businesses compete for the same customers, they all share common problems and could greatly benefit one another by networking and sharing how they deal with those problems. And the second thing is to realize there are resources available, many of them free, which will allow you to work smarter, not harder and make your business more profitable.”
Future Retail Resources topics will include:
• Marketing - Social media, branding, 12-month marketing plan, radio/newspaper/TV advertising
• CPA - Labor laws/company size, payroll taxes, contract labor, overtime pay
• IT Support - On-site alternatives, remote access, social media management
• Employee Benefits - Health insurance, dental/vision, retirement, legal shield, air/ground emergency transport
• Misc. - City/county permitting requirements, short/long term business funding, workforce pool
To reserve a seat for this free workshop, register online or call the Chamber office at 830-997-5000.