March 23, 2011 Edition

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Chamber seeks to learn more about local businesses

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Mike Montgomery said a recent tour of Eagan Manufacturing in Black Rock was the first of what he hopes will be many.

"The purpose is to get to know our county businesses and industries better," he said.

Montgomery said Eagan was a good choice for the first tour since it is one of the larger employers in the county and is preparing for an expansion.

"We wanted to understand the business better," he said. "We also wanted to see if there was anything we could do to support them."

Eagan, which principally makes doors and windows, currently employs 28. Plans to add a new line, as well as a lack of space, are pushing the industry to expand, according to Montgomery.

"They hope to build another building and add up to 18 more employees," he said.

Seven members of the Chamber Board attended the tour.

"Not only do we want to get to know our local businesses and industries better, we want to know what the Chamber of Commerce can do for them," Montgomery said. "We want to know about any needs they might have that we might be able to meet or assist with."

Montgomery said a business does not have to wait to be contacted.

"If there are any businesses out there that have a need, they can call the Chamber office," he said. "We will be happy to get in contact with them and offer whatever resources we have."

Marketing seminar set

The Chamber has scheduled a marketing seminar for local businesses for May 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Lawrence County Meeting Room.

Herb Lawrence, director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, will present the seminar on "Five Strategies of Social Media Marketing." There will be a $35 fee to attend.

Montgomery said there are also plans to hold a business expo in the fall.

There are a lot of businesses in Lawrence County that have proven they are a good business or they wouldn't have made it through the current economic conditions," he said. "We want to support them in any way we can."

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