Shenandoah Chamber plans March events

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for some educational events, its director said Friday.

The chamber will be holding a “Lunch and Learn” March 16, when Adam Miller from Lantz and Gochenour, a Wells Fargo adviser, will discuss retirement options for small businesses from noon to 1 p.m.  at Las Trancas in Woodstock.

Cheri Wright, executive director of the chamber, said the “Lunch and Learn” is an ongoing series of mealtime seminars that have included guest speakers on making businesses’ websites user friendly and strategic business planning.

Wright said small businesses should look into retirement options for their employees because of the tax benefits.

“I think a lot of small business don’t realize they should help their employees with retirement,” Wright said. “They might not have IRAs, but they can establish a 401K and reap a lot of tax benefits.”

March 13, the chamber will host a “Brown Bag Lunch” for nonprofit organizations at the chamber offices. It will feature local business consultant Jorge Gutierrez, who will discuss the similarities between nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Wright said the focus of the educational luncheon is the first installment of an ongoing series dedicated to help nonprofits develop more strategic planning and to bridge the gap between business and the non-profit sector.

“They have a lot of similarities even though their motivations are different,” Wright said. “I hope to see the two areas start working together more for the community.”

Wright said Gutierrez would be holding seminars with businesses twice a month at the chamber offices to help businesses catch up with a more educated customer base.

“Because of the Internet, people have a better idea on prices and are more educated than ever before,” Wright said. “A lot of customers will compare prices on Amazon, especially for big purchases … Gutierrez will be helping businesses adjust to this new climate.”

The chamber is also staring to plan for Vintage Woodstock, Autumn Fest and summer concert series in Woodstock and New Market, Wright said.

“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but summer is just around the corner,” Wright said.

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is located at 103 South Main Street in Woodstock.

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