Friday Link Round Up: Small Business Resources

by Michele Martin on July 13, 2018

Yesterday, as part of our ongoing series on entrepreneurial CILs, I did an interview with a CIL Director who has made tremendous use of small business resources. (I’ll be posting that interview in the weeks ahead). For this week’s Round Up, then, here are some small business resources that you can access to help you in developing your business plans and pursuing entrepreneurial strategies.

Directory of Small Business Development Centers–The Small Business Administration operates Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s) in every state. This link will connect you to the SBDC’s in your area.

SBA Guide–The SBA also offers an online guide on everything from planning and launching your venture to growing in the years ahead.

SBA Learning Center–Lots of learning opportunities here!

SCORE–SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. They partner with the SBA and often with local Chamber’s of Commerce, to provide advice and mentoring in starting up or growing entrepreneurial ventures. They can be a great help in creating a business plan, too.

The 5 Best Small Business Resources You’re Not Using–A few other options to consider reaching out to on this list.


Friday Link Round Up: Summer Professional Development

by Michele Martin on July 6, 2018

Summer can be a great time to focus on your own development, beyond the day-to-day of whatever your job requires. Here are some resources to help you broaden your horizons and grow your learning.

Philosopher’s Notes–Brian Johnson has created 15-20 minute videos highlighting the main points of a ton of professional development books. In just a few minutes a day, you can be exposed to some new ideas and habits.

TEDTalks Playlists–Use these curated collections to explore everything from how to increase joy in your life to understanding how power operates in the world.

TEDIdeas–While we’re talking TED, this site brings you daily coverage of the world of ideas from the people who bring you TED Talks.

20 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Modern Workplace Learning–A great way to consider new ideas and strategies for growing yourself beyond training or taking courses.

25 Newsletters that Inspire, Educate and Entertain–Some of these newsletters feature original writing and others are curated collections, but what connects them all is an ability to consistently inspire, educate, and entertain readers.


Friday Linked Round-Up: Creating a Diverse Leadership Pipeline

June 29, 2018

In this week’s Round-Up, we share resources for creating a leadership pipeline that is more inclusive and diverse. The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Flipping the Lens–“Race to Lead: Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap,” a report released in 2017, finds that training is not the answer to increasing the diversity of nonprofit leadership. Instead, the nonprofit […]

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Friday Link Round Up–Youth Development

June 22, 2018

Many CILs are working with young people, developing programs and resources to serve their needs. In this week’s Round-Up, we share some resources related to youth development and youth programming. Youth Cafe Toolkit–“A youth café is a safe, dedicated, quality meeting space for young people ranging in age from 10 to 25 years. It is […]

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Friday Link Round Up: CIL Interviews on Entrepreneurship

June 15, 2018

Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to sit with CIL Centers from around the country and interview them about their entrepreneurial ventures. In this week’s Round Up, we pull them together. Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living Mike Mayer, Summit Center for Independent Living Kimberly Tissot, ABLE South Carolina Anne […]

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Friday Link Round Up: The Networked Nonprofit

June 8, 2018

One of the best ways to expand outreach and services is by developing nonprofit networks, the topic for this week’s Round Up. Nonprofit Networking: The New Way to Grow–An overview of how strategic networks can grow impact. Becoming a Networked Nonprofit–This article covers the different stages of becoming a networked nonprofit. The Networked Nonprofit–A full […]

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Friday Link Round Up–Making Progress

June 1, 2018

It’s easy to feel like we never make progress, stuck trying to keep up with our never-ending “to do” lists. This week we share some tips to help you move forward and recognize your progress. The Best Way to Use All Those 5 Minutes of Downtime Every Day–When you have a few spare minutes during […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Wellbeing at Work

May 25, 2018

As we head into Memorial Day weekend where the focus is on picnics and relaxation, we share some articles related to cultivating wellbeing at work. Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing at Work–Beth Kanter is the co-author of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit and is an evangelist for promoting wellbeing in nonprofit workplaces. These tips […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Leading Innovation

May 18, 2018

In previous Round-Ups, we’ve shared posts on innovation in organizations. This week we’re focusing on leading innovation. Rethinking Six Management Mantras for Better Innovation–A good starting point for encouraging innovation in your CIL. Four Cardinal Points of Leading Innovation Culture–Leading innovation involves working with contradictions. To keep your organization centered while working creative tensions, return […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Transparency

May 4, 2018

Increasingly, statistics point to one principle that correlates with happy, loyal staff: transparency in the workplace. This week we’re sharing resources to help you increase transparency in your CIL. Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work–Social sector organizations must consider whether their internal operating system is serving them, their clients, and their pursuit of social impact. […]

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