Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I wanted to share with you some things to love about The Herald-Mail’s business section, called Money.
I have been laying out the Money pages for a few months now and really enjoy communicating with the public regarding business news. Being an editor can be a bit isolating at times, so having opportunities to talk to people in person, over the phone and through email about business makes me feel like I’m sure my kitten does when I let her outside on a sunny day after being cooped up inside.
Like heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and sappy cards, there’s a lot to treasure in Money, which is part of the Lifestyle section every Sunday.
Here are some highlights:
• New Business Spotlights. To me, these free, short descriptions of businesses open for less than a year are a source of hope. The economy nationwide has been in such a dark place for so long that I think any mention of new businesses opening is cause for celebration.
In the last few months, we’ve featured establishments from around the Tri-State area offering space to indulge in frozen delights; to get fit; and to buy antiques, household items and clothes.
We restrict the spotlights to businesses that have a building that people can visit. If you fit that category, send an email to email@example.com and request a question-and-answer form. After that form is completed and sent back to me, I will arrange to have a photographer come to your place of business to take a picture that will run with your answers.
If a business is new but doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar site the public can enter, I will gladly run press releases describing what services it offers.
• On the second Sunday of every month, we run a column by Robert A. “Bob” Poor called Ask SCORE.
According to SCORE’s website, www.score.org, the nonprofit association aims to educate entrepreneurs and help small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation.
Poor offers tips to assist local businesses in their quest for success and shares dates for upcoming workshops. His work promotes SCORE’s motto: “For the life of your business.”
• Good news about local people. The Money pages feature information about those who have earned promotions, awards and certifications, and businesses that are donating funds and employees’ time to better their communities.
• Calendar of events. Every week, Mia Hoover, one of our editorial assistants, compiles a list of business-related meetings and events sent to us by chambers of commerce, the Washington County Job Center and Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley, among others.
Whether you’re new to the area and seeking some networking or a native looking to expand your horizons, look on the second page of the Money section for a list of goings-on. You can send business-related calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of things to celebrate in our area and I’m happy to spread the good news.