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Management Buzz 10/01

Making the most of chamber of commerce meetings

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This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Stephan Schiffman, president of D.E.I. Management Group Inc., recalls a hot potato being lobbed his way at a New York City Chamber of Commerce panel discussion. In the middle of a discussion on banks, someone asked, "How do you get a loan?" Schiffman couldn't give an honest answer because his banker was in the audience.

Asking for advice at a chamber meeting can be as challenging as imparting it. One question overheard by a competitor or debtor could hurt your business. But don't resign yourself to not seeking delicate advice.

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