The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Mono County and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Bakersfield, brings you the Business Assistance Program, designed to provide free business consulting to any business in Mono County. Local consultants, paid via grant funds, work with you on your business-related issues at no charge to you.
Four consultants from the Eastern Sierra area are currently certified through the Bakersfield SBDC with expertise in business development, business and marketing plans, branding, graphic design, interactive marketing and business IT system efficiencies. Area businesses also have access to 85 other consultants in the SBDC Bakersfield program for in-person or phone/email consultations.
A USDA grant provides $25,000 of the program’s funding, which is used to compensate consultants. The SBDC matches the Business Assistance Program dollar for dollar, making a total of $50,000 available during the program’s 24-month time frame. That funding provides more than 1,100 hours of assistance, free of charge to area businesses.
Our focus is not to bring businesses a fish but to teach them how to fish. The consulting program aims to be an educational experience that will increase area businesses’ survivability, help them grow in revenue and employment, and aid them in becoming viable, long-term contributors to Mono County’s rich regional economy.
“Our involvement with the Business Assistance Program has proven to be immensely valuable. Through this program, we have developed and begun implementing an online marketing plan, redesigned our website to better speak to our target audience, set up metrics that help us accurately gauge the performance of our online marketing efforts, and improved communication between board members, operations and onsite management. As a smaller lodging operation with only 20 cabins, allocating enough money for this type of consulting would have been very difficult, if not impossible. We are thankful that small businesses like us have access to this level of talent. This program helped us grow as a business and continue to support the local economy. I would recommend this program to any local business that wants to better their business in any area.
– Dan Shine, Owner of Mammoth Mountain Chalets
The Business Assistance Program is perfect for any size and type of business and is currently free for area businesses. Sign up here or contact the Chamber at (760) 934-2712 ext. 1220 or Info@MammothLakesChamber.org for more information.