• January 18, 2019
    • (EST)
    • February 26, 2019
    • (EST)
    • 3 sessions
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    This three part marketing series will introduce you to the foundational elements of a successful marketing program.

    Part One will cover:

    • Your brand
    • Your target audience
    • Different communication methods that you can utilize 

    Part Two will cover:

    • Getting a feel for your already established marketing elements. In order to do this, each participant should bring a copy of their:
      • A business card
      • Letterhead
      • Envelope
      • Invoice
      • Brochure
      • Website home page (print)
      • Other marketing materials
    • We will then take this information and discuss how to strengthen this brand. 

    Part Three will cover:

    • An introduction to branding that will identify key assets and traits that will send your brand soaring. 
      • The danger of being anonymous
      • The point of branding in general
      • Product traits vs. Brant Traits
      • What makes a brand good 

    About the Facilitator: 

    John Kowalski, Founder of Marketing Firm, Babacita 

    With more than 25 years of agency, corporate and start-up branding and marketing experience, and concurrently consulting since 2002, Kowalski’s passion is to use all of the tools of creative marketing to provide true ROI and value to clients. Over the course of his career, he has had the good fortune to see how sound strategic planning and creative execution can work to drive success in a variety of industries and working with individuals, fire and emergency service organizations, small start-ups, mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies.

    John applies branding, strategy and marketing expertise, process improvements, and change disciplines to help fire and emergency services, organizations, and leaders excel by strengthening their brands. He's also an officer and firefighter at the Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee.


    • January 23, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    You may have heard that the United Way of Greater Chattanooga is launching a new HUB for Social Innovation. In it’s simplest form, the United Way HUB for Social Innovation is both (1) a physical space and (2) an initiative to spark innovation and collaboration among diverse sectors. Both elements have one overall purpose, to serve as a collaborative vehicle for developing community-based solutions that tackle our most critical issues. The What, Who, and How of the HUB session will provide a basic overview of both the services and physical space aspects represented within the United Way HUB for Social Innovation. This session is open to anyone who would like to attend, and it will also allow for Venture Forward members to provide input into their most desired aspirations for the HUB. The United Way is proud to be working with the team from Bridge Innovate who are helping to build the framework for HUB strategies and operations.


    • January 31, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD
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    The United Way of Greater Chattanooga will be hosting a Community Round Table on January 31, 2019. The purpose of this event is to allow community voice to be heard regarding the needs, assets, and aspirations of communities in the United Way of Greater Chattanooga footprint. The event will give attendees the chance to explore needs based off of geographical area but also by the impact areas of Education, Stability, Health & Wellbeing and Connected Families & Communities. Our hope is that nonprofit agencies, corporate partners, neighborhood leaders, and more can come together to gain insight and identify gaps in services being provided.

    This event is the first of many opportunities that the United Way is facilitating to foster an environment where collective voice helps to speak into our community’s critical issues and begin to lay a foundation for stronger opportunities for collaboration.

    Do not miss out on this opportunity to connect with the community!


    • January 31, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Every nonprofit leader is forced to wear more than one hat.  But when it comes to human resource issues, they face an ever-increasing range of legal obligations and risks, and it’s good to know when outside expert help is needed.  For example, when engaging independent contractors or hiring interns and other employees there are implications, like properly documenting the terms of the business relationship and clarifying and justifying any entitlement to overtime, that should be considered from the get-go.  In this program, we will explore the primary human resource challenges faced by nonprofits of all sizes and offer practical suggestions for how to proactively and effectively address them.

    Facilitated by Dan Gilmore with Squire Strategies 

    Fee: Members $50, Non-Members $75


    • February 06, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    It’s a new day in philanthropy across the country. Donors see their gifts more like investments and they want to understand how your team has what it takes to make an impact. Creating a written Development Plan will allow your nonprofit to focus its efforts, identify all potential revenue streams, highlight organizational management, develop a fundraising production calendar, and will dictate, on the front end, the best strategy and tactics for fundraising events, campaigns and partnerships. This workshop will inform your team - which should include board members - about the essential steps to create your plan that will help your organization stand out from the pack with funders.

    Facilitated by: Christa Mannarino, Director of Advancement at Cleveland State 

    Fee: $50 for Members. $75 for Non-Members.

    • February 07, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TBD
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    This event is the first of many opportunities that the United Way is facilitating to foster an environment where collective voice helps to speak into our community’s critical issues and begin to lay a foundation for stronger opportunities for collaboration.

    Do not miss out on this opportunity to connect with the community!


    • February 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Bridge Rrefugee Services, Inc. 4791 Hal Dr # A, Chattanooga, TN 37416
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    Join Venture Forward and our host, Bridge Refugee Services, Inc. for our next CEO Affinity group event. Bridge Refugee Services, Inc. has three focus areas: dignity, hope and opportunity. Bridge works to help preserve the dignity of their clients, promote their rights within their communities, and help them find peace in their new homeland. They also give their clients services to promote hope that their dreams can come true and their children will prosper. Bridge also works with the communities in Knoxville and Chattanooga to connect refugees to opportunities to grow and connect to their new homeland. 

    Within this session, Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.'s staff will be talking about their experience in building partnerships within the community. This will include information on their Community Assistance Teams and other partnerships that they have built along the way. As a small agency, they see it as one of their strengths to be able to build a community network. 

    Make sure to come hungry! Venture Forward will be providing a light breakfast for our visitors. 

    Fee: $10 for Venture Forward Members

    To encourage corporate collaboration, we ask you to invite a for-profit CEO to join you as a guest at no cost. Not a Venture Forward member but want to join us? Click here to become a member.

     


        


    • February 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Development professionals often face a dilemma when helping their organizations grow the number of donors and the amount of money raised for the organization. A broader donor base made up of more individual donors is important to the continued health of an organization. But raising more money means focusing on fewer individuals with a capacity to make larger gifts. Do you want 10 donors giving $25 each, or one donor giving $1,000? For small shops without the staff to do both, that’s the more donors or more money dilemma. We’ll discuss ways to bridge the gap and do both.

    Fee: Members $50, Non-Members $75

    About the facilitator: Phil Trammel is the VP of Development at WTCI, the Tennessee Valley PBS station that serves 35 counties and 450,000 households. Prior to joining WTCI, Phil served as the Chief Advancement Officer for Girls Inc. Chattanooga. Before moving to Chattanooga in 2013, Phil had been in development leadership roles at Texas Woman’s University and the University of Dallas.



    • February 22, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • United Way of Greater Chattanooga
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    Interested in starting a nonprofit in Tennessee?  This information session covers early considerations such as for profit business options and collaboration, differences between a nonprofit and for profit, and an overview of the nonprofit startup process.  Attendees will leave with trusted online and print resources to guide the process.  Venture Forward (formerly the CNP) can also refer attendees to legal and financial firms for guidance, but Venture Forward does not offer these services. 

    Taught by: Laura McCann, Executive Director - Venture Forward

    Fees: All Attendees $25