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Special Event - Money & Mission: Business Planning for Social Enterprises

Thursday, November 05, 2015 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
In-person | New York, NY

Presented in collaboration with the Association of Nonprofit Specialists

Check-in: 10:30 am

Social enterprises are part of a larger movement that is ‘disrupting’ what it means to do good.  No longer defined by any specific title or tax status, social enterprises are part of an expanding spectrum of mission-driven enterprises, entrepreneurs and investors committed to doing well and doing good at the same time.

While proper business planning is an invaluable strategic tool for any venture, it is particularly essential for social enterprises. Given their blended value proposition, earned-income revenue-generating strategies and range of funding and financing options, the discipline of developing a plan can provide the clarity needed to position the social enterprise for maximum impact and expanded revenue opportunities.

This workshop will:

  1. Review the growing spectrum of mission-driven (social) enterprises and entrepreneurs.
  2. Familiarize you with the range of mission-driven funding and financing options.
  3. Help you position your enterprise for success and financial viability, by focusing in on this intersection of money and mission.
  4. Shift your attention to the three indispensable questions all social enterprises need to be asking themselves.

In keeping with the workshop’s time constraints and the need to simplify what can be an otherwise cumbersome process, our approach to business planning draws from a quote that Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States helped to popularize, "Planning is essential; plans are useless."

About the Presenter:

Bruce Arbit, president and founder of Melarbit Partners, Inc. is a fundraising professional with a specialty in social enterprises, and new forms of philanthropy, community and social investing. With 25 years of diverse professional experience in a variety of organizational settings and over $100 million raised, Bruce is committed to opening/unlocking new sources of funding and finance, to build strong, viable organizations, enterprises and communities. Established in 2006, Melarbit Partners provides a range of coaching, consulting, and interim services to help mission-driven enterprises, entrepreneurs and investors attract and leverage the resources they need to achieve their goals. Bruce is a graduate of New York University where he holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He received a bachelor of science in Business and Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2007 he has been an Expert Advisor in Strategic Philanthropy with NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Bruce is the author of a blog, MTM, which provides a unique perspective on money. And more.

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