More Marketing Resources for Rural Business

Thanks to a Tweet from Becky McCray of the SmallBizSurvival blog, I found another great resource for rural tourism business marketing. The blog contains information on rural tourism — for businesses, for local chambers of commerce, and for economic development organizations. The post “25 Ways You Can Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce So They Can Support You” discusses how important an active chamber of commerce like our Hickman County Chamber of Commerce is to a prospering community and to prosperous businesses.

Even if you think your rural business isn’t tourism related and it’s not worth the time you would invest Tennessee businesses are very much positively influenced by tourism, so help spread the message that making your business and community attractive to visitors, it makes your business and community attractive to ALL customers.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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