Happy National Small Business Week, Quad Citizens! Did you know that 85% of Quad Cities Chamber members are small businesses? Small businesses are the backbone of our community and so important to our local economy. At the Chamber we are dedicated to offering programming and resources that add value to your membership and help grow your business. 

You might remember last year we launched a Small Business Series with a concentration on marketing and it was highly successful in most part because the programs are completely shaped around member feedback. Through feedback provided through surveys and a small business taskforce, there are a variety of topics that you've asked us to cover. In celebration of Small Business Week we are excited to kick off the Small Business Series on Wednesday and offer additional programming designed to help small businesses grow. 

Marketing in the Socialsphere
Wednesday, May 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m
Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island with the topic 
Featuring Anne Spoden Kiss, Vice President of Digital Services, Olivia Cronin, A/V Producer, Social Media Strategist and Data Analyst, and Ken Croken, Sr. VP of Business Development, of downtown Davenport advertising agency, TAG

Did you know that 97% of adults between the ages 16-64 have logged onto at least one social network in the past month? Attend Marketing in the Socialsphere to discover which social platforms and strategies work for your brand and business model. TAG’s social media experts will help you re-energize your social strategy during our interactive presentation that will cover everything from Facebook to Snapchat, advertising, and even how to translate your customer service model to the social sphere. TAG’s team is ready to equip your business with the knowledge and tools to create a stand-out social presence for your brand.
You’ll learn:

  • Advertising tactics
  • Best practices by platform
  • How to stand out on social and cut through the clutter
  • Social media customer service expectations
  • How to identify which platforms and strategies fit your business
  • The best social platforms to reach your target audience


Talent, Harassment, Pay and Crises: Managing HR with Limited Resources 
Wednesday, May 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Blaze Restoration Inc, 5310 Avenue of the Cities, Moline
Featuring Jim Morgan, VP of Member Experience

Are the human resources issues in small businesses different than medium and large business? No... and yes! The issues that are affecting all businesses right now include: finding talent, keeping talent, effective communications, harassment claims, social media crises, pay and benefits, and hiring and firing.

As a small business, you don’t have an HR Director. You don’t have outside consultants and you don’t have time – you only have you. With limited resources, where do you spend your time? Join Jim Morgan for a conversation around “risk and reward” as it pertains to human resources, and talk about some best practices you can implement in your small business.


Employee Engagement Tools: How to Ignite Passion to Drive Results  
Wednesday, May 23 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Scott Community College Urban Campus, 101 W. 3rd St, Davenport
Featuring Ginny Wilson-Peters, President & Owner, Integrity Integrated 

How can managers and owners fully engage their employees and tap into their talents? Ginny Wilson-Peters will provide tools you can use to manage the strengths of your team and help individuals navigate through their weaknesses, as well as how to maximize your own strength. Discover the benefits your business can reap when your employees are engaged as a result of strengths-based leadership.


Headshot Refresh Event + Member Mob Happy Hour: Dphilms 
Wednesday, May 30
Headshot session will be available from 7:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., with a Member Mob from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Dphilms, 2227 3rd Ave, Rock Island

Did you know that LinkedIn users with a photo receive 21 times more views than users without one, and users with a professional headshot receive yet 14 times more views? Many professionals might think they are able to survive the business world without a professional headshot but regardless of your title or what you are selling, the first impression that a prospective customer or client gets is often based on an image of you.

We know how costly and difficult it can be to carve time out of your busy schedule to set up a session with a photographer. During this Small Business Series event we are making it simple and affordable to get a professional lifestyle headshot from photographer Quinn Kirkpatrick with dphilms. We want to help you brand yourself on social media, make a great first impression, and stand out in your market!


The Small Business Series sessions are free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Headshot pricing is $35 for members, and $55 for non-members. Advanced reservation is requested due to limited seating. Register online at

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