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  • The Week Ahead: Here's hoping

    Dear reader,

    We're working hard to get the word out.

    The Chamber Collaborative—like many organizations and businesses, will not be holding a gathering this year for the holidays.

    Not this year.

    Instead, the Chamber is gathering resources.  

    And we need your help.  

    We’ve asked our member nonprofits what would help them out this holiday (and year-round) and we've come up with a store chock full of items. Requests range from $10 to bring a student on a field trip with Great Bay Stewards to $1,500 to sponsor one year of therapy at Richie McFarland Children’s Center.  

    We’re calling the initiative: Hope for the Holidays and are delighted to have the sponsorship of Service Credit Union and Sheehan Phinney — and help from many of our members — to make these hopes come alive. 

    You’ll find all the information you’ll need at PortsmouthCollaborative.org/Hope. And if you have questions, please contact me at Jennifer@PortsmouthCollaborative.org

    And now for, The Week Ahead: 

    Tuesday, 12/8, noon to 1 p.m., Online: Words Matter — Copy & Content Writing sponsored by TD Bank  and Donna Knox 

    Donna Knox, a professional copy writer, will discuss the theory, craft and practice of persuasive writing in the context of marketing one’s message and/or brand in the business sector. 


    Wednesday, 12/9, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Online: Talking Shop. A monthly gathering open to all local retailers in the Portsmouth area. This group will focus on collaboration between retail businesses and enhancing your skills as a business leader. 


    Wednesday, 12/9, 10 to 11 a.m., Online: Chamber Open Doors Member Orientation sponsored by Cambridge Trust. . 
    Join Ben VanCamp to learn the ins and outs of your Chamber. Meet staff members and a couple of veteran members and discover how to get the most of your membership. Open to any members joining in the previous three months, or any member wanting to brush up on their skills. 

    Wednesday, 12/9, noon to 1 p.m., Online: Hiring Hurdles presented by the Portsmouth Area Manufacturers Roundtable.  Sponsored by Bangor Savings BankGreat Bay Community College and the City of Portsmouth.

    Unemployment numbers are up yet workers are still in high demand. This panel discussion will explore the current employment landscape, discuss key hiring issues, and present unique strategies being deployed here on the seacoast to support the workforce needs. 

    Wednesday, 12/9, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Online: Portsmouth Restaurant Brainstorm 

    Join us to brainstorm with your peers to determine how best to make your restaurant business successful through the winter and into the spring and summer of 2021. 

    What PPE, dividers, equipment, etc., will you need from December through March? 

    What events and promotions will bring locals and visitors to your business, and how will we communicate that we are doing all we can to keep staff and customers safe? 

    Thursday, 12/10, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Online: Connect & Collaborate 2. This weekly networking group is open to one individual for each business category. The Connect & Collaborate members will foster relationships among members and serve as a catalyst to drive more business to its fellow members. INFORMATION

    Friday, 12/11, 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Online: Connect & Collaborate. This weekly networking group is open to one individual for each business category. The Connect & Collaborate members will foster relationships among members and serve as a catalyst to drive more business to its fellow members. INFORMATION

    Friday, 12/11, 1 to 2 p.m., Online: Chamber Chat LIVE: Meet People Who Are Doing Well at Doing Good.  

    How lucky are we to live in a community where SO many of our friends, neighbors, and colleagues have stepped up to "do good" during the pandemic? Let's meet some of them to learn about what they've done and why. 

    Andrew Bagley, tireless supporter of the arts, business, and non-profits, will join Valerie Rochon as co-host to introduce three of the people who have been flying under the radar while making significant contributions to assist all of us during this time of COVID. 

    Please plan to join us for a look at what's really great about our City—the people who do so well at doing good. 


    And putting a plug in for a future marketing workshops:

    Dec. 15 - Targeting Your Best Customers – Susan Gold Marketing Coach & Consultant at Gold & Partners  Are you attracting your very best customers and clients or just "taking what you get"? 

    How do you go about identifying the “best customer” for your B2C or B2B business? Sounds simple but is it? 

    Learn how to define your best customer and create targeted customer profiles. Once you know who you are targeting, and you know how you help them, you have a clear message platform for all of your marketing activities. Let’s take the mystery out of marketing strategy together.


    Many thanks,  

    Jennifer Stevens 

    Digital Engagement & Events Specialist  

    P.S. Please share our Hope for the Holidays link. It's PortsmouthCollaborative.org/Hope. (While you're thinking about it!) ; )