Archive for Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Baldwin City Chamber urges members to update info after website upgrade

December 15, 2015

The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce continues to present a new face to the community with an update to its website.

The website upgrade is the latest change in a year the chamber has added Hank Booth as its executive director and Jennette Blackmar as office manager and moved one door to the east into the Lumberyard Arts Center.

Blackmar said the address of the site remains, but those visiting the site since it went live Dec. 9 will notice a much different look and many added features. She added that although it is now live, it continues to be a work in progress. Local web designer Staci Tabler, of ReTek LLC, is contracted through the next two months to continue work on the site, she said.

“Our goal its to make it more accessible and user friendly to our members and the community,” Blackmar said. “We ask that our members check it out and give us feedback.”

The new site allows members an active role on the site when they login, Blackmar said. They can update their business or organizational profile, add an event to the calendar, volunteer to help with an event.

It was the profile updates the Blackmar is currently pushing, backed by data Tabler gathered that showed 837 of the 1,188 visitors to the site in November sought information for the business directory.

“That’s the information our visitors are looking for, so we want it to be accurate,” Blackmar said.

Members can personalize their directory information in a variety of ways, Blackmar said. They can add photographs, logos, Google maps of their locations, website addresses and social media addresses to directory listings and accept credit card payments, she said.

The goal of all the new features was to use the Internet as a tool for community, Tabler siad.

“The big thing is the new features allow visitors and our businesses to connect with each other,” she said.


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