Adam McCloskey

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

Revitalized chamber redirects its focus

On August 7, 2017, Tamara Fountain stepped into the role of CEO and president for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 12 months that followed, Fountain assessed and scrutinized everything the chamber did. From events to programming to the very mission statement, she worked alongside the board of directors, chairman, membership director […]

What is small business?

What is small business?

From stay-at-home mothers selling handmade fashions to one-of-a-kind restaurants serving up authentic cuisine to a professional service firm boasting some of the highest employment numbers in the county, small business takes on many different shapes in Navarre. There are roughly 880 small businesses with physical locations in the 32566 ZIP code, according to Reference USA. […]

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Lay the groundwork before launching small business

Roughly 80 percent of businesses in the U.S. open their doors without taking out a business loan, according to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida. For entrepreneurs seeking to bring new retail outlets, services and industry to the Navarre area, there are many financing options. Read the full article […]

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

Opportunity occupations give financial boost to skilled workers

  Workers do not need a bachelor’s degree to make a livable wage. Research by the Center for Human Capital Studies, a part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, reveals that while degrees do typically mean higher wages, a group of workers with little or no college training is pulling in big dollars thanks […]

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

‘Ask Adam’ brings business insight to Navarre

Business owners in Navarre need not travel far for advice on growing their businesses, thanks to Ask Adam, which launched Jan. 9 at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. These consultations are being led by Adam McCloskey, the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) associate director and consultant. When the chamber […]

Navarre chamber finds new home

Navarre chamber finds new home

Growth can be challenging as well as positive, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has discovered. President/CEO Tamara Fountain said that is why the chamber will be opening doors on a new location at 2053 Fountain Professional Court. The chamber currently shares office space with the Tourism Development Office as a tenant in the […]

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Small businesses get free tools from Florida SBDC

Being a small-business owner requires many skills. One moment business owners might be working with customers. The next moment they are designing their websites. Then they are sorting through accounting, interviewing for open positions, filing taxes, updating inventory and on and on. Read the full article in the July 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

Business leaders get schooled on social media marketing

There are more Facebook users than there are people living in China. Throughout the world, a handful of social media platforms have the eyes and ears of billions of consumers each day. These websites can be great tools for small businesses to get their name out there, but the wrong message on the wrong platform […]