OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - When small business owners get to know other small business owners, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce says it could lead to a bigger profit margin for all.
That's why the Chamber launched a series of city tours exclusively for business owners called "Meet Your Neighbors"
In the year since Brandin Brosh opened her clothing store in downtown Ocean Springs, she has built relationships with many of her customers.
"I just like the atmosphere down here versus being in a crowded busy mall,"said Brosh. "I form relationships with my clients and everyone is great."
To also develop bonds with other business owners like herself, Brosh has tagged along for two of Ocean Springs Chamber's Meet Your Neighbors tour. In 2015, the Chamber will host a total of six tours which will make stops in businesses across the city.
"Uptown. Downtown. And all over town. The opportunity for businesses to meet other businesses," said Margaret Miller, Chamber Director. "You put 20 people on a trolley from eight in the morning until two in the afternoon and the partnering that takes place on that trolley has been phenomenal."
Brosh said, "You get to form personal relationships with them. So if someone was looking for something in one of their shops and they didn't have it, they could say 'Oh, go see Brandin at Charisma. She carries this or this is what her store offers.'"
Chamber officials say they benefit from the tours as well.
"It does help us to see the overall review of what we have as well as what we don't have in Ocean Springs," Miller said. "So the opportunity has been a big one for myself and the Chamber as much as it has been for businesses meeting other businesses. It's great for us as staff to get to know our business community better and what they're needs are."
The next Meet Your Neighbors tour is scheduled for Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Participants will be touring nearly 20 businesses.
For more information call 228-875-4424.