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HBC launches new agenda in Bluff Country


Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - “SE MN Historic Bluff Country (“HBC”) will be different in 2013,” says its new Board President, Valencia Gaddis, a web designer and owner of SonSations Business Services in Rushford. “We can’t attract visitors today the same way we did in the 1960’s. Our small Bluff Country businesses have an amazing rural charm that visitors would adore---if they could find us and if they could see a sneak preview!” HBC intends to respond to that need in 2013. Here’s what’s coming up:

•A new blog site at www.bluffcountrywoman.com was launched in March 2013 in cooperation with HBC. The site features personal stories about Bluff Country experiences in a fun, folksy, down-to-earth format. Guest writers with pseudo names like “GetAroundGal” and “Uff Da Lady” share their adventures. (Even residents are finding this interesting!) Contributors include women (and men!) with fish tales, Ole & Lena jokes, shopping experiences, photos and videos. And HBC members receive FREE promotion on the site!

•On May 18, regional industries and at-home crafters are invited to “Strut Your Stuff” at HBC’s Industrial/Craft Expo at the Regional Visitor Center in Rushford. This will be a showcase kick-off day for made-in-bluff-country products, with continuous display options for crafters to promote their products during the tourism season.

•On May 21, HBC will offer its members a primary workshop on Search Engine Optimization to ensure that our businesses are ‘on the radar’ when visitors perform a Google search on their smart phones and other mobile devices. Bring a laptop computer with your business logo, picture files and a cell phone. By the end of the day, your business will have a much stronger internet presence. ALL member businesses and municipalities are encouraged to send a representative to this workshop.

•Then, on June 5 and 12, HBC will be offering an affordable workshop on Hospitality and Customer Service for both business owners and front line staff. It’s no mystery that if visitors enjoy their stay, they are likely to return year after year. Make sure your employees are providing the customer service that will keep folks coming back—with their friends!

For more information or to register for any of these events, contact Tricia at the HBC office at (507) 864-2992 or email hbc@bluffcountry.com. SE MN Historic Bluff Country is a non-profit regional tourism agency whose goal is to promote its member businesses and communities in Fillmore and Houston Counties and in portions of Mower County, MN and Winneshiek County, IA.

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