The Morgan Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, April 26. The presentation focused on the services of the NorthFront Business Recourse Center whose grand opening was yesterday. Steve Cloward from the DATC NorthFront BRC spoke to the chamber and presented the opportunities for Morgan businesses offered by the center.
The center provides resources to businesses. It offers low cost office space for start up businesses in their first three years. The facility provides cubicles, office equipment, and a receptionist to answer phones for businesses that lease space there. It is designed to be a stepping stone for businesses who are ready to move out of their homes, but might not quite be ready to lease a building and take on all the expenses associated with that step.
The services of the center are much more, however, than just leased space. The center provides counseling for businesses and can provide low cost training. Often the training is subsidized by state business development programs. New business owners often do not have experience in how to market, how to create a business plan, how to manage employees, and how to do the myriad of other responsibilities of a small business owner. The DATC programs offered through the NorthFront BRC can help.
In addition the center can help small businesses prepare to talk to lenders to secure funding. The center can help ensure that business plans are well thought through and include the items that a lender will want to see. They also have contacts with lenders to whom they can refer businesses who need funding. The center also rents conference room space for business meetings.
In addition to the NorthFront BRC, the chamber also heard from the Fourth of July committee who presented on upcoming events on the Fourth. More information on the events can be found at Morgan4th.com. There are booths available for a small fee. The committee expects a record crowd for the celebration this year.
All businesses are invited to attend the chamber meetings. Chamber meetings feature speakers and other topics to help businesses in Morgan. The meetings also provide networking opportunities with other businesses for learning and business development.
The chamber is also preparing to launch a new website. The website will focus on helping individuals and groups understand the wonderful opportunities in Morgan. The chamber hopes to attract additional events and other activities to benefit businesses in Morgan. The site will also feature businesses in the county and will allow businesses to have a low cost way to host a web presence. The chamber expects the new website to be operational within the next few months.
The chamber has been working with the city and county over the past several months to develop an economic plan for the county and city. Chamber leadership has recruited many businesses in the county to participate and has obtained funding from the city and county to benefit local businesses.