Whew! The last few days have been quite a whirlwind trip through northern California and Oregon. We've driven about 700 miles and stopped in four cities: Chico and Redding in California, Medford and Portland in Oregon.
Along the way, we've had the chance to talk with a lot of people doing great things in each of these cities. There have been enlightening discussions with local chambers of commerce, small business development centers, and even business owners and local web startups!
While talking to the representatives from the chambers of commerce in Chico, Redding, and Medford, we've learned that they're really important for local businesses and communities. Not only is it an opportunity for business owners to meet each other, chambers help educate their members about business topics and even provide resources for starting or growing your business!
Small business development centers are a partnership of the federal Small Business Administration and local college and universities to help people in communities around the United States learn about starting businesses.
We had the chance to meet with some of the staff at the Northeastern California SBDC in Chico as well as consultants in Medford and Portland. They help people at every stage of starting a business -- as well as with every aspect of it. If you're thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, definitely find your local SBDC to help get started.
In Chico, we were lucky enough to connect with Kent Hinesley, an SEO consultant. He introduced us to Van Tucker and Derek Sine, founders of Trails Ventures. We had the chance to show all of them a little bit of what Jimdo can do -- they loved it! -- and also learned more about their work as web developers, designers, and marketers with local business. Thanks to all those guys for their friendliness and being willing to tell us a little more about their hometown!
We have gotten great feedback from other business owners along the way about what's most important to them and where Jimdo can improve. We're taking it all down, and when we get back in the office this week, we'll be talking with the Jimdo development team about how we can start implementing changes to help our users succeed online!
Still, we're only halfway through our trip, so remember to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #JimdoRoadTrip and leave us comments in the blog!