Local small businesses learn valuable tips for success from the Governor's Small Business Forum

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Small business is big business, at least in Brown County.

About 80 local entrepreneurs and business people attended the Governor's Small Business Forum at Brownwood's Howard Payne University Thursday morning to learn some things they might have overlooked that would help their businesses thrive even more.

Small business leaders were advised to create a website, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts for their companies, in addition to Facebook and Twitter.

That was an eye-opening lesson for Dazzling Divas retail store owner Brittany Edwards.

"For both the mall and Dazzling Divas, we have Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and a website, but we need to become more involved with Google. That's something we haven't really focused on and we really need to.", Edwards said.

Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade was the event's keynote speaker. She said while social media is the new way of communicating, she still believes in face-to-face contact.

With more than 30 years of business ownership experience, Andrade encouraged the audience to persevere. 

"I didn't know much about starting a business but at the end it was absolutely worth it."

She said events like these remind small businesses they are not alone with their struggles and that there are people who can help. She also added, "We're fortunate that there are lots of businesses coming into Texas from other states, but we also don't want to forget our home-grown businesses, which are very important because they're the ones creating jobs."

Thursday's Governor's Small Business Forum was sponsored by the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor's Office. 

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