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On this weeks show I interview Michael Nitz. He is the chairman of the board for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. I also talk about the upcoming small business week and about my Facebook webinar at end of the month.

The “Chamber Of The Board” Interview – (no, not Frank Sinatra)

Just this past week I sat down to interview Michael Nitz who is the chairman of the board for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. Michael and I have gotten to know each other over the last year working on the chamber marketing committee.

Initially when I wanted to interview Michael I was interested to hear what the chairman of the board does for the Chamber of Commerce. Instead I came away with a much deeper understanding of what the chamber does for local businesses here in Thunder Bay.

Like myself, most businesses initially join the Chamber of Commerce for great networking opportunities. Once a member, they realize the Chamber does have a lot of clout and plays an advocacy role for local business.

Highlights From The Interview.

The Four Pilars of The Chamber

  • Advacocy
  • Networking Oportunities
  • Communications
  • Professional Developement

Small Business Week

Small business week is a national incentive that is kicking off October 15. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is playing a large role in promoting this event. It’s an opportunity for business people to attend events that will help them learn, innovate and promote their businesses.

You can find out how you can participate by visiting the link below.
Link: National Small Business Week

Michael shares some great examples of some local businesses that are leveraging social media and seeing immediate results.

Shift – Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network.

From their website: SHIFT is Thunder Bay’s home for young-minded professionals who understand that moving their community forward means more than just doing business. It’s the big picture, from social and environmental concerns to personal professional development.”

As past president Michael and the Chamber has leveraged his involvement with the organization to draw upon their input on many issues regarding our city. You can find out more about shift by visiting them online.


Thunder Bay is fortunate to have three members who sit on the board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The Ontario Chamber Chamber of Commerce has a direct line of communication open with the Premier of Ontario. This is helpful in that issues can be brought forth directly to him.

Ontario Chamber Chamber of Commerce

Open Lines Of Communication

Michael’s term as chairman will be over at the end of the year. He, invites anyone who has any questions about the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce or being a member to give the office call. The lines of communication are always open.

Visit the chamber website.
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

Presentations and Webinars For October

October 16th, 2012, 9:00–11:00 AM at MJL Black Library
The Secrets To Getting Your Business Found Online Today

October 29th, 2:00 PM on The Internet
Register: Free Facebook Webinar

Link to Cool Promo Video: Click on the picture below.

About my guest.

Michael Nitz is the Chairman of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce until the end of of 2012.

He has also been the past president of Shift, Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network.

From April 2011 – April 2012 he was vice president of  Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC).

He has been a branch manager with RBC since May 2005 and is current managing the Arthur and Ford Branch.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn. Michael Nitz

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The Local MethodOn today’s episode we will be talking about top five tips for graphic designers or any business for that matter.  This episode contains some good information about branding and design as I interview a graphics designer from here in Thunder Bay. There are a couple of really cool announcements as well.


Graphics Design Here In Thunder Bay


I’m excited to be my second interview of a business from my hometown. This is something I am trying to more of. I want to hear what is going through the minds of local businesses. How did they get to where they are today and how are they using social media? These and other questions are going to be answered on this weeks show.

A few months ago Travis and I ended up going out for coffee at our local Starbucks after connecting with me on Twitter. Since then we have stayed in touch. After our last meeting at Starbucks I asked him if he would be kind enough to come on the show and share some of his real life business experience with my listeners. He agreed.

About a month after our first meeting Travis surprised the heck out of me as he took the information in a book I talked about with him and put it into action. The book was Built To Sell by John Warrillow (link). Since I was a subscriber to his email newsletter I noticed he had created a process he called “Logo +”. In the Podcast we talk about what Logo + is and how it could help his clients and how it could help his business. 


Top Five Tips For Graphic Designers


During the Podcast Travis also offers us his top five tips for graphic designers. These tips can be applied to any business. So, even if you’re not a graphics designer think about how you can adjust these tips for you.

  1. Pricing: Make sure you’re losing on some of the jobs you bid on
  2. Networking: Make sure you’re annoying someone
  3. Keep getting better, even if it’s by minuscule increments
  4. Use Freshbooks
  5. Never design something that sucks


My Small Business Week Speaking Gig


I’m happy to say that I just firmed up some details about my presentation at small business week in October. I recently had coffee with Ryan from the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and we have  narrowed it down to a couple possible topics. It was over a year ago I first offered to do a free workshop for Chamber Members so needless to say I am pumped to finally be able to present.

I am considering sharing that information with listeners of the podcast and members of the The Local Method Market Leadership email newsletter. Have you signed up yet?

I still have a couple of months prepare so look for more details on the blog here as we get closer to October.


A Special Thank You


I also want to give a special thank to the folks that have taken a few minutes out of their busy day to leave me a rating and review in iTunes. I thank you and appreciate it.

Firstly having you listen to the show means a lot to me and second, the reviews go along way in spreading and sharing the message of the Podcast with more people.

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Be sure to check out these fine folks by clicking on the links to their Podcasts.

*Note: I noticed I gave an incorrect address in my completed Podcast and it was too late to change it. The correct address is to contact me.

Here’s a little more about this weeks guest…..

Travis Ulrich is the owner of Ulrich Design; A graphic design company in Thunder Bay, that specializes in Identity & Branding. Ulrich Design uses a process called Logo+ (“logo plus”) in which a client’s Logo is designed using Ulrich Design’s 5-Step Logo Design Process and then the “+” branded items are designed. You can view Ulrich Design’s website at: Follow Travis on Twitter: @ulrichdesign

Travis has lived in Thunder Bay since 2000. He graduated from Lakehead University where he double-majored in Marketing and General Business Management. Travis also coaches Midget hockey and blogs about his coaching experiences.

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