One thing that the NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Packers showed us was that perseverance pays off. The Seahawks were looking for a light at the end of their tunnel, and unfortunately, until the last two minutes of regulation time, the light was a train. So what did they do to change the course of their history? A change of strategy and a realization that they needed to adapt their game plan were “must do’s” in order to be successful. And it worked!
As many businesses know, these same tactics are put into play each day, in order to keep their companies fresh and responsive to their customers and clients. It’s a process of evaluating performance, building a consistent community base, and ramping up their work team’s motivation.
Sometimes taking a business in a 180 degree opposite direction requires not only a revised game plan, but equally important, vision and courage. After all, small businesses do not have the leeway or the economic cushion to survive a loss, like a government entity or large corporation. “Do or Die” is not a comfortable place to be.
Small business in America is a potent and viable business structure, but how does it compare internationally? This October, the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce plans to take a tour group to China to not only explore the wonders of a culture and country that dates back nearly 4,000 years, but to also have the chance to explore business practices in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
Although China suffered for decades under various political rules, the China of today is arguably the world’s fastest growing economy, undergoing what some would call a revolution. As an apolitical organization, the Chamber is not making observations one way or another about Chinese commerce or practices. They are simply offering members and guests the rare opportunity to visit an international locale and see firsthand, how a few businesses and trade sites operate, in China. The Chamber tour will have an English speaking guide and all business appointments will be done through a reputable travel company that works specifically with and only for Chambers of Commerce.
The October 17-26, 2015 tour encompasses far more than business related ventures, however. For the traveler that seeks cultural and ethnic traditions, we will be visiting the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Ming Tombs and much, much. Shoppers will delight in visiting a jade factory, silk factory, and shops for lacquer ware, embroidery and more.
The next informational meeting about Travel China will be on February 24, 5:30 pm at the Chamber Office. The price for this tour is $2199.00 for members/$2499 for non-members. Included: roundtrip airfare, all 4-5 star hotel accommodations, 3 meals/day, entry into tour activities, and land transportation between cities. Detailed information will be given at the meeting, or call interested persons may call the chamber office 425-347-1456. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com.
Kuaile de lucheng, or in English…Happy Journey.
Written by Kim Voetberg. Originally published in the Mukilteo Beacon.