2nd Nov, 2015

Why Do A Strategic Plan?

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Strategic Planning 101--Part Two: Organizations can gain quite a lot through the process of completing a strategic plan. A strategic plan creates the opportunity to more deliberately and comprehensively chart an organization's future and utilize its resources to accomplish goals. In its excellent article, "Why Should I Do a Strategic [...]

19th Oct, 2015

Strategy in a Google Map

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"Be strategic"    "You have to have a plan"      "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail" Strategic Planning 101-Part One: I am sure you've heard these sayings and more related to strategic planning. I bet they've prompted you to wonder, why is so much emphasis placed on [...]

14th Sep, 2015

Insight on Innovation: Anakazis Planning for Success

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Anakazi Center, Lusaka Chapter The shade of a beautiful tree, a calm breeze, and the vibrant, melodic chatter of inspiring women business owners?! That’s my kind of afternoon! In August, I traveled to Lusaka, Zambia and had the privilege to lead a “Plan Your Success” workshop for women business owners for the Anakazi Center for Women’s Empowerment and Development, an organization URG supports. “Anakazi” is a Zambian term that means woman or sister. The workshop was a component of the Center’s passionate work to facilitate the economic and social empowerment of African women through business development and advocacy. […]

29th Jun, 2015

URG About Town: Young Entrepreneurs Take Flight!

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NFTE LAUL BizCamp, 2015  (Photo: NFTE Greater LA) Urban Rising Group’s summer got off to a great start with two of my faves: young people and entrepreneurship! In June, I had the unique privilege of serving as a mentor and judge for the Youth BizCamp sponsored by the L.A. Urban League Entrepreneurship Center and National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Los Angeles. This program gathered pre-teens and teens for an intense bootcamp where they learned the fundamentals of business development from marketing and feasibility research to forecasting–in two weeks! […]

21st May, 2015

Champions’ Circle: Small Business Spotlight

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In commemoration of National Small Business Week, my heart and tummy had the good fortune to dine at Simply Wholesome. Simply Wholesome is a staple of the Windsor Hills community and is a go-to meeting spot for community movers and shakers, families and the health-conscious. I enjoyed my fave turkey [...]

7th May, 2015

Happy Small Business Week!

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About Town: National Small Business Week To all of the small business owners who create jobs for your neighbors, financial well-being for your families and increase the availability of quality amenities in our communities: Happy Small Business Week! Establishing and running a small business requires huge heaps of courage, discipline and [...]

6th May, 2015

Innovation Insight: Long Beach Residents Pull the Purse Strings Toward a Better Community!

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Urban Rising Group Supports Participatory Budgeting in City of Long Beach District 9 Participants listening to presentation from break-out session What happens when civic engagement and a forward-thinking elected official combine? Participatory budgeting! Participatory budgeting (PB) is an emerging governance paradigm that places the ‘electorate’ in the driver’s seat of [...]

6th Apr, 2015

Spring Forward!

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Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action. ~~Ralph Ellison, Novelist, Literary Critic and Scholar   Here at Urban Rising Group, we have been undergoing a hibernation period to ensure we provide clients and colleagues with the most useful services and information--and an energized leader! Pausing to reflect [...]

26th Nov, 2014

Vision, Drive and a Well-Timed Program  

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Ivory Chambeshi and Ronda Jackson of Décor Interior Design at Goldman Sachs 10KSB event. This October, I attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS 10KSB) luncheon. The event was held to announce Goldman Sachs' additional investment of $5 Million into the Southern California region's program and included [...]

10th Nov, 2014

Women Business Owners, Powerful Night!

By | November 10th, 2014|Business advice, Business events, Business insights, Empowerment, Global business, International, Marketing, Mission, Networking, Nonprofit, Uncategorized, Women, Women entrepreneurs|Comments Off on Women Business Owners, Powerful Night!

Since the weather has been warmer (though it’s November!), I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on an event that Urban Rising Group co-sponsored and I attended in August. I am a pro bono consultant and member of the Anakazi Center for Women Empowerment and Development (Anakazi Center) an organization which focuses [...]