Interested in Sustainability?

If you are interested in sustainability and would like to learn more about how this can impact Michiana, then you should plan to attend Transition Michiana’s event. The event will kick-off with dinner and a movie screening of In Transition 2.0 on Thursday, January 24th at 5:30pm. Friday begins with a welcome from Councilman Gavin Ferlic then Transition Movement Founder Rob Hopkins (via Skype). There will be exhibits and a panel discussion. Saturday brings another panel discussion and then action planning.

As they discuss what needs to change and why, YOUR input is needed to help find solutions. Who doesn’t want to make our community better? Here’s a chance to be empowered and united to work together to improve Michiana. As Transition Michiana states on their Facebook page, “Together we can face the challenges posed by climate change and rising energy costs. Together we can create a more vibrant and resilient local community!”

Don’t delay – register today.

Advertisements

January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

One Small Cluck for Man…

I have to share a Facebook status update made by a new friend, Myles Robertson: “Urban Chickens are a go! This is one small cluck for man, one giant cock-a-doodle-do for mankind!” There seems to be overwhelming enthusiasm for the new law passed by the South Bend Common Council which will allow residents to raise chickens within the city limits. Some consider this a great move for the city — something that will truly help move South Bend forward. Others have said, “If I wanted to be around farm animals, I would have chosen to live in the country.” What are your thoughts on this new law? Does it help move us forward? Please share!

Also, for those of you schooled in the best places to purchase chicks, please share your recommendations here. Thanks.

January 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Taking the Fear Out of Taxes

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Time to think taxes. I will share more about the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center in a later post, but wanted to let you know about an upcoming workshop that they are conducting on Thursday (1/17) from 11:30am to 1pm. The cost for this workshop is only $10 and the topics covered range from record-keeping, chances of audit, rules for home office deductions, mileage deductions, how business entities are taxed to the need to pay estimated taxes. If your business could benefit from this great educational opportunity, call 574.968.5372.

January 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Are You Board?

As in, are you a member of a nonprofit Board? If so, and if you would like to become a more effective Board member, you should consider attending the Nonprofit Governance Breakfast Series put on by the Office of Public Affairs and Nonprofit Professional Development at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. The four-part series begins on January 17th and will occur monthly through April 18th. These four 90-minute seminars will cover topics ranging from board governance, budgeting and finance, nonprofit law and board roles and responsibilities. Consider investing in yourself and the community by attending this series. Because they understand the importance of board training, the organizers have extended the reservation deadline. You still have a few days to register. Click here to learn more and sign up.

January 12, 2013 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Be the Change

“Be the change you wish to see in the world,” is one of the quotes you would spot in our house. A good friend is planning to make some signs that say, “Be the change you wish to see in South Bend.” I really like that idea. It makes me think of a way to twist a famous JFK quote, “Ask not what South Bend can do for you, but what you can do for South Bend.”

I started this blog many, many months ago out of a desire to share stories that  might inspire people to take action, to be involved, to help change things for the better. There are so many ways to get involved and connected to the community. I am currently looking for stories that will inspire you, that will help you take that first step to “be the change.” Drop me a quick note to tell me what you need to hear about to get excited about this idea of involvement and action.

This blog is for you and for the community. Help me make it useful for South Bend. Comment away. One lucky person that comments will win a small gift card. It might be your lucky day. And if it’s not, think about the good that could come out of your words. Thanks for loving South Bend!!

January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am 2 comments

Start Something New

Whether you have ideas to start something small or big, that first step can be confusing and overwhelming. So can each step along the way. I know. I’m in that process. Fortunately, we have resources in South Bend that can help you along the way. You’ve heard me talk about Three Degrees of Separation, the new entrepreneurial group whose mission is to accelerate our emerging startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs and collaborators. It’s a great way to get connected and learn about the world of startups.

There are many other resources in our area. I will spend some time highlighting those in the near future. One upcoming opportunity is from Business Success Unlimited. Beginning on January 8th at 4pm, and occurring once a month for three months, Business Success is holding Entrepreneurial Forums at National College (1030 E Jefferson Blvd, SB). Topics include marketing, sales, management/leadership, business strategizing, networking and growing your business. Monthly meetings focus on “learning and creating action plans to move forward.” Cost for all three sessions is $90. For more information, call 269-221-2220.

If you attend, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these forums! Stay tuned to hear about additional resources.

January 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Have you heard of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” parlor game? The premise is that you can connect Kevin Bacon to any other Hollywood actor within six steps. While in South Bend, we do not have that Kevin Bacon connection (dang, who doesn’t love some bacon?), but we do have a close-knit community. One thing that closeness affords us is the opportunity to find connections, resources and success within three degrees. Thus, the name of our new meetup group in South Bend: Three Degrees of Separation

The goal of Three Degrees of Separation is to inspire and connect local entrepreneurs to the local startup ecosystem, the community, and to the world of startups. Three Degrees will be successful by connecting entrepreneurs and collaborators  and by cultivating collaborative ideas, opportunities and partnerships that will help emerging startups move forward. You are a key to that success. Your knowledge, expertise, and connections are needed at these meetups.

Still wondering what you could possibly offer to the group or why you should attend? Come out on Thursday and find out how your connections can help another. From just our first meetup, I was able to meet a key person that has helped me with my ConnectHelp.org idea. This first connection led to several pivotal meetings that will help ConnectHelp immensely. All because one person decided to attend this meeting. One person.

If you have any interest in building a better community, in being inspired or inspiring others, or need motivation, then please join us on Thursday (1/3) at 6pm at Main Street Coffee House / The Music Village. More info at the Three Degrees Meetup page and Facebook page.  I will be there because I love being in a room of people who are serious about starting ventures that serve the community.

Make a resolution to improve our community and start by attending the Three Degrees of Separation Meetup. Hope to see you there!

3 d logo

January 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Older Posts Newer Posts


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


%d bloggers like this: