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September 2002
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Big Growth for Chamber Web Site, the Chamber of Commerce web site created in late 1997, is displaying dramatic visitor growth. The site, developed and maintained by Jeff Cashman of Island Design, received 28,500 hits during the 2001 calendar year, with a little over 5 page views per visitor. So far this year it has been visited more than 25,000 times. Looking at past years' use, it's obvious the Chamber web site will pass 30,000 visits before the end of the year.

More and more people are using the internet to investigate their travel destinations, and the Chamber is keeping up with this shift in habit. Each member is entitled to a page on the site, and most have taken advantage of this benefit. As a result, if the entire site were printed out, it would resemble a fair-sized book. The site also provides links to other sites of interest, such as and Phyllis Moore's newsy

The number of visitors to the office is also up by 15% over last year. Our new sign has helped, as well as the increased popularity of Beaver Island and the spread of word-of-mouth that maps are available here. This important aid to visitor orientation is also a source of income to the Chamber, and map sales have doubled from last year.

–Steve West

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