I just had a meeting this morning with Jody Graybill of the Bucknell Small Business Development Center. We were talking about the great programs and assistance they have for businesses. We are hoping to partner to bring a few training/informational programs to the County this fall.
It made me think. When I ask people why they don’t attend training programs or participate in webinars, the most common answer is time. For small business owners, time seems to be even more premium. We tend to feel that we can’t take time from our businesses to attend a seminar. I’d like to suggest that you can’t afford not to make the time.
The first step is to recognize that training, seminars, professional development, etc. are an investment in your success and that of your business. If you don’t make time to grow and learn, you won’t be prepared for opportunities that come your way. But, someone else may be.
Am I biased because I own a consulting and training firm? Maybe. But, as business owner, I try to make time to grow and learn. Yes, I’m busy. But guess what? The work will still be there and things rarely fall apart in the two hours I spend preparing myself for the future.
The Chamber is committed to offering relevant, practical training and development opportunities for our members. Our sessions are normally under two hours and we have received great feedback from the five we’ve done so far this year. Our next is on June 25 from 8 to 9:30 at The Maples. The topic? Dealing with Difficult People. Now who can’t relate to that?
I hope you’ll consider joining us for one or more of our seminars this fall. Whether you need to hone your communication skills, get better at Quickbooks, learn how to use the web for marketing…we are working hard to bring you what you need to grow your business. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to offer.
In the meantime, I challenge you to shift your mindset from spending time to investing it. In yourself and in your business.