need advice on growing!
hi, i'm new to this board so please bare with me. my wife and i started a commercial cleaning business 5 years ago on our own with $15,000. we started by advertising in both local phone books and in 5 years our company has grown slowly by word of mouth and cold calling. we now have 29 accounts and 12 employee's. our company grosses about $200,000 a year right now, but it seems like we just are not getting alot of phone calls for bids. we really don't have a large advertising budget to work with as the yellow page ad's are expensive. we are located in a city of 70,000 with surrounding communities averaging 10,000. there's alot of companies in the area, but what is our best way to really fire up the telephone? we do not belong to the local chamber of commerce, do you recommend that? thanks, tim