Risk Barometer for business owners

Bradley A. Berger, Managing Partner and Owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies was the facilitator/presenter for the University Place/Fircrest Division meeting of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, January 28.

Randy Walden, owner of Heartwarming Care is the new division president and has set the tone and course for what will be a six-part series based on mistakes than can be “Business Killers”.

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Seniors volunteer time for Chamber mailings

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Monique Shields (standing) of the Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce introduces Jaynie Jones, Community Relations Coordinator from Bridgeport Place, to the senior volunteers processing the Chamber’s newsletter mailing.

By Jaynie Jones

The Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce holds the University Place – Fircrest Division meetings each month at the University Place Presbyterian Church. The Chamber helps hold down its membership costs by utilizing volunteers to process the monthly mailing of the Chamber’s newsletter.  Half a dozen senior citizens give of their time to ensure that the mailings are assembled to meet all USPS mailing guidelines. Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living in University Place, provided lunch to the volunteers Wednesday.

One volunteer mentioned during the lunchtime break having been involved in the monthly task for the past ten years; another quickly announced that he has been helping with the mailings for twenty years.  Kudos to the volunteers for their loyalty and dedication in serving the Chamber businesses in their quiet, behind-the-scenes way year after year while enjoying a unique camaraderie.

Healthy Buzz in UP

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In addition to bi-weekly networking meetings, there are also open house events such as this one at the dental office of Dr. Jeffrey Stewart (shown on the far right).

Networking is a valuable way to connect business-to-business whether you’re an architect, dentist, caterer, chiropractor,  graphic designer, handyman, electrician, insurance agent, real estate mogul, or other entrepreneur.  On Saturday, August 14, the Healthy Buzz networking group will be buzzing at Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West, in University Place.  Meetings are only every other Saturday (not weekly) at 8:30 a.m. and were formerly held at The Greener Bean, in Fircrest, but outgrew the space.  University Place resident Kia Hanson is the owner of the Healthy Buzz.  The bright yellow newsletters have become familiar around Tacoma. Recently, an edition has been launched featuring Lakewood and University Place businesses.  The networking events include an opportunity for each person to speak briefly about their business and to share business cards, brochures, samples, etc.  It is a meaningful way to build the relationships that are at the heart of successful business endeavors today.