The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is launching a new development program called the Growth Board, designed to “help small business owners who want to take advantage of peer advice, shared best practices, and new marketing techniques,” according to chamber president Chris Phelan.

John Hyman, a business coach with 30 years of experience in marketing, sales, product development, and retail management, will manage the program.

The Growth Board will leverage the experiences of individual members to help each make better decisions in order to survive the recession and take advantage of the unique business opportunities a downturn can present, Phelan says.

“The small business people I deal with are all incredibly smart,” says Hyman. “They all work incredible hours. Over time, the thing that will set some of them apart and really make the difference between being profitable and not will be the quality of the decisions they make.”

Hyman says the Growth Board will look for ways to maximize each other’s profitability, grow sales, improve marketing efforts, and generate quality leads and word-of-mouth referrals.”

The Hunterdon Chamber of Commerce will host a free informational meeting on Friday, October 23, at 8 a.m. at its offices in Liberty Village in Flemington. Visit www.hunterdon-chamber.org, or call 908-782-7115.

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