Chamber, RAIN, LCC and SBDC team up for Pub Talks

March 17, 2018 — Florence Pub Talks, a new, monthly business workshop and networking series co-produced by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) with funding support from the City of Florence, will have its first event on Wednesday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Community College (LCC) Florence Center at 3149 Oak St.

The first Florence Pub Talks event, titled “Do you know the three ways you can make more money right now?” will cover practical and actionable tips on revenue, profitability and capital investments. Businesses, entrepreneurs and dreamers are all invited to this free event.

“The Chamber is excited to partner and leverage our resources to bring new knowledge to our locals who have a passion to build their businesses,” Bettina Hannigan, Executive Director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce said. “By working together we have a much larger impact, it’s my pleasure to partner with the SBDC and RAIN.”

The Chamber, SBDC and RAIN provide complimentary economic development services and often work with the same clients and members. After collaborating to host Business After Hours in January, the local leaders of these organizations saw the value in merging their resources and communities on a more regular basis.

“I can’t imagine a better venue for real-world education than to be surrounded by motivated, interested and interesting people seeking to improve themselves, their businesses and their community,” said Russ Pierson, Dean of the LCC Florence Center.

The monthly Florence Pub Talks will feature industry experts on a variety of business topics, from digital marketing and customer acquisition to taxes and tourism.

“Florence Pub Talks are events where entrepreneurs and business owners can get to know one other and learn about each other’s talents,” RAIN Coastal Venture Catalyst David Youngentob said. “It’s also an opportunity for the community to interact with the Chamber, SBDC and Oregon RAIN, and learn more about what we do for local businesses.”

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