Posts tagged "business"

The Art of Learning About Nonprofit Software

Recently, a colleague of mine had asked my assistance in identifying software vendors for nonprofits….and although I was able to help him somewhat (with further follow-up to come). it started me thinking about a central question….just how and where do nonprofits decide to purchase software? For me, it was easy – I had always worked with... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Sunshine Enterprises

Meet Your Neighbor: Sunshine Enterprises
Businesses are the cornerstone of any neighborhood, providing stability, growth, and a sense of community investment. Local businesses often rely on each other, so when businesses close or shut down, that often results in community deterioration. Sunshine Enterprises, a Chicago-area non-profit, is looking to make a positive impact matters in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Located in... Read more »

Your Summer Social Entrepreneurship Reading List

(Note: complimentary electronic and hard copies of the following books were provided for review purposes. My opinions are my own.) Chicago-area social entrepreneurs, non-profits, and other social change agents are always seeking resources, information, and guidance in fulfilling their mission. Many books are often recommended as “starter” books, providing some insight. This week, we will... Read more »


NOTE: A complimentary electronic copy was provided for review. My opinions are my own. Currently, many communities are discussing the impact of “Big Data” – a catchphrase making its way through Chicago-area business and non-profit culture. Learning how to manage and leverage data can have an impact on various non-profit/social venture marketing and fundraising efforts.... Read more »

Chicago Coworking for the Common Good

For many Chicago agents of social change – from non-profits to social entrepreneurs – coworking spaces are becoming hot spots of activity. Taking an almost open source approach to working, they provide facilities for freelancers, business owners, and other like-minded people to collaborate, cooperate, and build their own sense of community. (They also provide office... Read more »

5 New Year's Resolutions for Social Change Agents

Although New Year’s celebrations may be over, New Year’s resolutions have a great importance. For social change agents like non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and other community-based mission-driven organizations, adapting to the constant evolution of technology will be critical. So here are five resolutions that Chicago-based social change agents should consider keeping to insure success in 2014:... Read more »

Your Black Friday Guide to Shopping for Consultants

Today is known as “Black Friday”, when retailers attempt to recoup their losses by getting a jump on the holiday season. For many non-profits, social enterprises, and other mission-based organizations, this is an effort to perhaps begin shopping for consultants and freelancers. As someone who is a freelancer myself (and who has a wide range... Read more »

Sign Up for Social Media Week in September!

One area that non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and social change agents have great trouble understanding is the full impact of using social media. Many consultants often promote a basic “you-gotta-be-on-this-channel”  mentality, but rarely understand the impact on organizations, businesses, and individuals. Thankfully, Social Media Week – a global initiative that works towards explaining social, cultural and economic... Read more »

Networking Events for Social Good in Chicago

Chicago contains a variety of networking opportunities – mostly “big ticket” events that focus more on socializing than building professional networks and businesses. However, next week will bring three events which focus exclusively on businesses and social good….and are well worth checking out. On Tuesday, July 23rd, there will be a networking session focusing on... Read more »

Non-Profits & The Business of Social Good

Recently, I found myself involved in a discussion on a Facebook group focusing on comments made in a recent TED talk and in another person’s blog post. It leads me to the topic of today’s blog, which is Who drives social good more effectively – non-profits or private business? It’s a question that has a major... Read more »