Just a quick note to let you know we faced a bit of a challenge. I listened to all the new videos after they were uploaded and we had a sound issue as the files were transferred from one format to another. So I am having my web support redo the transfer of the 10 new videos. No one ever said it would be easy! On a nicer note, the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce has invited to table at their event and promote South Coast BizConnect, so we are working on our marketing materials and giveaways for our table. We are very excited - this is to take place on September 30. And, we are tabling at the non-profit Job Fair on the 28th. We are busy! Also, as I visit our new Fall Entrepreneurship courses, we are inviting our students to join. Whenever anyone hears about this networking site, their eyes light up, and they join! Today, our membership count is 162. My long-term goal is 500. It will happen!
On another note, we recently submitted an application for a new Elevator grant addressing a whole new project. So, while I was working on that proposal I had a moment to reflect on the value of this type of grant, and if anyone is reading this that has not yet participated in the Elevator Grants, I wanted to point out the significance of this type of funding. While in terms of dollars, it may not be the biggest grant you will ever manage, but for our program, it has been one of the most valuable. Not only is the format for obtaining funds brilliant (very fast pitch and immediate funding) but it funded a project that opened many doors for our program and has been a vehicle for the Scheinfeld Center to establish community relations - which is an unanticipated ancillary affect with tremendous impact. We have received the attention of all of the local Chambers of Commerce and the support of local business experts. This project essentially put us on the map in our local business community and continues to drive us to develop more relationships. In addition, it "forced," if you will, institutional support to get the project started and to keep the site going. Looking ahead, I believe the impact of this networking site on the Center will be larger than we ever expected.
So, thank you Coleman Foundation and NACCE for this opportunity to serve our students and the community in a very unique and valuable way.
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