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    7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2012 1:41 PM by Moderator Ilona

    Giving back

    Ranger

      Does your business give to charity? Do you sponsor charity events ? How much weight do you put on community involvement?

      How do you feel it affects traffic to your business ? Do you gain customers because of the exposure?

       

      Tell us how you hear about events and involve yourself, as well as what your business gets out of the partnership.

       

       

      Joleen

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          LUCKIEST Guide

          As I have said in many prior posts, both my business and my family do a lot of volunteering.

          Why do I volunteer?? To give back to the community that has been so good to me, my business,

          my wife and children over the past 25 years.

           

          Volunteering is HARD. Don’t get me wrong. I love to volunteer.

          I have been volunteering and experiencing a variety of different opportunities that have helped me and my business.

          I have been fortunate that some fit me well.

           

          By volunteering, I have met and worked with exceptional people and exciting challenges that fill my days.

           

          LUCKIEST

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            OfficeGoddess Navigator

            As an experienced virtual assistant (I have been in biz over 5 years) I try to 'pay it forward' to new and up-coming VAs by being a moderator on a VA specific forum and mentoring new VAs the way I was mentored when I started.  This doesn't benefit my business, specifically, but I believe it DOES benefit the VA industry as a whole.

             

            Lily Chambers

            The Virtual Office Goddess, LLC

            Author: How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping


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                Moderator Cath Guide

                I'm not sure I totally agree with Luckiest.  I find volunteering quite easy.  In fact, I have had to step back and look at my list of places and people I volunteer for. 

                 

                I have found that most organizations/agencies welcome someone in. They are grateful for almost any service you can share with them.

                 

                When I leave an agency that I volunteer with, I am filled with the spirit of giving well done.  I have not done a lot but my giving added to the giving of others assists the agency to save on their budget and apply those funds to any needed place.

                 

                I encourage anyone who is considering volunteering - yes, even in a small way, to go for it.  You will be the better for it and those receiving your volunteerism will too.

                 

                Cath

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                LUCKIEST Guide

                I'm proud to work for and volunteer for 'community service'.

                "I help anyone who calls me to the best of my ability."  

                Who better than the small business community to expand upon this subject,

                who understands how important it is to your company reputation, morale...

                and yes, to the bottom line.


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                    OfficeGoddess Navigator

                    I am totally in agreement with Luckiest.  As partially mentioned above, I mentor up-and-coming virtual assistants and answer their questions, suggest resources, moderate a section of a VA forum, used to publish a free entrepreneur ezine (need new article writers to start it back up - hint, hint!), and I help however else I can.  I don't make any money from any of this - what I get in return is a sense of 'paying it forward' to those who helped me when I started, a reputation as an expert in my field, and the knowledge that by helping create stronger VA businesses I am helping to strengthen the VA industry (and entrepreneurs), as well.

                     

                     

                    Lily Chambers

                    The Virtual Office Goddess, LLC

                    Author: How To Do Your Own Small Business Bookkeeping


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                        Moderator Ilona Ranger

                        What an outstanding way to 'give back'. Glad to see that more people are coming back to helping others without wanting anything in return but we need many more to step up. We also need to teach our children the value of a helping hand without payment or anything in return.

                         

                        Ilona

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                      longlivemedia Tracker

                      Cause marketing, that is. Yes, cause marketing is a perfect way to successful branding. And it's not just that. You also get to help others while helping yourself.

                       


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                        frichards Adventurer

                        Yes, Redleafloans.ca supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. People shared their stories about how breast cancer affected them and on their behalf, Payday Loans Canada helped to raise money for the foundation and spread the word about how important it is to stop cancer before it starts. Here's the link to the article.

                         

                        Conquering Cancer One Dollar At A Time | Red Leaf Loans

                        • Re: Giving back
                          Moderator Ilona Ranger

                          These are all great ways to pay it forward specially with the holidays coming.

                           

                          Ilona