This weekend we launched our Fast Forward trainings in Rio Rancho, a sizable suburb just north of Albuquerque, NM. Once again, we have over 300 registrants! It seems we are off to a solid start in another community.
Last week I shared some ideas about how to identify partners likely to help your organization and community development BTOP project succeed. Our efforts to build partnerships with entrepreneurial community development organizations have been fairly straightforward: Encuentro and La Comunidad Habla share many of our organization’s communication norms and practices. Creating effective partnerships with public libraries has, however, not been as easy to do.
Finding the right community development partners can be difficult for non-profit organizations. Sometimes, because resources are scarce, non-profit leaders compete with one another when they should collaborate. Fortunately, as we launched the Spanish language components of our Small Business Success Series, I could turn to people with whom I had worked successfully over the past decade: Sara Nelson, Founder of La Comunidad Habla, and Andrea Plaza, Founder of Encuentro. Both these women are bold, visionary, and willing to partner to get their programs built and accomplish their goals.
America didn’t invent entrepreneurship - but we sure do love it here. Even President Obama is getting on the entrepreneurship bandwagon, announcing new programs to spur technology innovation that will lead to new companies being formed and hopefully, more jobs.