Our “Make Money & Make a Difference” webinar is all about how you can do just that in your organization! Social enterprise is on the rise, and why not? It feels good to give back, and it’s a good business move to do so, as 60% of customers want to support companies with a sense of corporate social responsibility. How can you lose?
If you need more convincing, the webinar examines even more of the business advantages to operating as a social enterprise, including:
Improved public perception
Direct recognition for your efforts
More opportunities for partnerships
Increased employee satisfaction
Opportunities to team build
Increased opportunities to network. Statistics show that almost all small business owners want to give back to their communities – over 99%!
What Social Enterprise Looks Like
There are many ways that companies can be social enterprises. Check out these businesses that are making a difference.
Hungry Heart Cafe – “Hungry Heart Café is much more than a great place for food. We help vulnerable adults access careers in the food service industry so that they can achieve independence and realize their dreams.”
Virgin Unite Foundation – “non-profit foundation…to unite people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.”
Making a difference feels good. It can make things a little more complicated for a small business, yes. The webinar addresses these issues, and also talks about what goes into making a social idea a social enterprise:
Starting with the problem to find the solution
Validating your idea
Marketing your idea
Developing your team
Determining your financing options
Does the idea of social innovation and social enterprise appeal to you? We’re here to help! Reach out to us at email@example.com and tell us how we can help.
Our live webinar series is motoring through summer, with the fast-paced and information-packed “How to Give a Great Sales Presentation, Small Business-Style!” This webinar focuses on 4 key areas of giving sales presentations: Audience, Content, “The Nerves”, and Was It Good?
Tailor your sales presentation’s message for different groups. You need to know who your audience is and what they care about so that you can present useful information. If you don’t know about your audience and what’s useful for them, find out:
Attend the event yourself (if possible)
Ask the organizers about the people who will be attending and what they’re likely to want to hear about.
Show up early talk to people prior to your presentation about why they’ve come and what they’d like to hear from you.
A sales presentation should signal to your audience that you understand their core values and that your own core values align with theirs.
If you can’t connect with your audience on that emotional level, your audience is unlikely to buy from you. Remember – sales are emotional!
Sales Presentations and Content: The Beginning and the End
When you’re planning sales presentation content, pay special attention to the beginning and the end – they serve important functions! The beginning of the presentation should contain the ” hook” that catches peoples’ interest. An effective hook:
Is very clear and simple
Has some sort of number or return on investment (investment being time spent watching the presentation.)
Draws people in by asking a question or telling a story.
Your hook may be your only chance to get peoples’ attention, so make it a good one!
The end of a sales presentation should invite the audience to take a concrete, reasonable next step. The step should be a gesture their interest in what you have to offer. Don’t ask them for the world! You might invite them to:
Pick up your business card on the way out
Schedule a phone call or coffee date with you to chat about their needs
Stay after for a few moments to see a quick demo of your software or website.
Pro tip: You should never have to say “Thank you” to indicate that a sales presentation is over. It should be clear to the audience!
Sales Presentations and Content: Benefits versus Features
You’ll feel compelled to tell your audience all about the features that make your product or service is the best on the market. Resist that urge. Instead, tell your audience why it *matters* that your product can do what it does and why it’s important that a job be done just the way that your company can do it. Convince them to hire you by telling them the benefits of doing so!
Consider how you might use the following as you present benefits:
Emotional words to further capitalize on the power of talking about benefit.
Vocal intonation and body movements to break up the conversation
Moments that “pop!” to emphasize points that you want your audience to remember.
You want to make an emotional appeal with your sales presentations because (say it with me!) sales are emotional!
The Nerves: No Big Deal
Everyone gets a little nervous about speaking in front of groups. There are ways to work through it! Use these techniques when your nerves start to get the better of you:
Be sure that you’ve practiced enough before your sales presentations. Most people need to practice a presentation between 7 and 20 times.
Show up first. Be in the room as everyone arrives and even talk to people a bit if that’s possible. You’ll feel in control of the room and the audience will see you feeling confident and ready.
Don’t take a deep breath just before you start presenting, as you may start to hyperventilate. Instead, exhale and force all the air out of your diaphragm and allow it to refill. Then go in and own it! You’ve got this!
Was Your Sales Presentation Good? How You Can Tell
You don’t need a lot of training or a fancy post-presentation audience questionnaire to evaluate how your sales presentations go over. You can monitor the standard indicators of audience interest and engagement as you’re presenting:
Are people interrupting you to ask question as you’re presenting ?Questions about implementation and logistics are an especially strong sign of interest.
What is the body language saying? Engaged people will lean in, maintain eye contact, nod and smile. Bear in mind that body language in a business-to-business sales presentation can be trickier.
Are people taking even small actions after your sales presentations? Even if someone just takes a business card from your display table, congratulate yourself. You caught their interest! Now you need to follow up and move them along your sales funnel!
We have lots of information about presentations on our website, and all our resources are available to small business owners on a pay-what-you-can basis! Sign up for an account and check us out!
There are lots of reasons why you’d want to develop more revenue streams for your small business. Diversification and because your customers are asking for more services and products is just the beginning. But you don’t want to do everything, so choose your revenue streams is super important.
Things you need to consider in order more revenue streams: 1) Your core competencies 2) Adjacencies to those competencies 3) Your existing customers 4) New customers 5) Standard types of alternative revenue streams
How to decide what your core competency is? This is your bread & butter! Your competitive advantage, what you are known for! This is something that you should be better than everyone at. And it is probably the reason why you went into business.
Now you have to figure out what a logical adjacency might be. These are new revenue streams that are strategically aligned to your core competency and that steer what you offer in a defined direction. Some different ways to pivot when you do adjacencies is if they are a new product or service for your existing customers or if you are doing the same product or service for a new target market. Both are a natural step in growing your revenue streams strategically.
Strategies that are for developing revenue streams that focus on the existing customer include increasing the average sale from a customer, increasing the frequency that people use your business, offering something new that they also need, or developing more effective retention strategies. Keeping a customer is worth even more than finding a new one!
There are lots of different ideas of revenue streams to consider. New products, services, intellectual property, events, memberships, intermediaries, programs, residual income, the sharing economy, government contracts and grants, or even crowdfunding. You can do one or more of them, blend them, have fun! Watch the video to hear more about all of this.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a credit union and a bank?
Are you curious about why you might choose one over the other?
Keith Taylor of DUCA Financial Services can tell you – and he does. You’ll learn about:
What DUCA is and how a credit union is different from a bank
The different programs that DUCA can offer as a credit union including the Profit-Sharing Program and Profits with Purpose. There is also a Community Hero Mortgage with a profit donation program with in.
What B-Corp certification is and why DUCA works to maintain it including ensuring that they are paying all employees a living wage (including benefits) and were the first to do so.
What DUCA offers businesses from no or low-fee business banking and all of the other account options.
Plus there is business lending with lines of credit, loans and mortgages just like you would expect from a bank. But the added advantage for small business owners is the relationship that they have including having a designated Small Business Advisor for all business members.
The DUCA Impact Lab – what if banking’s primary focus was on solving problems and creating opportunities for everyone and not on simply making a profit?
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail – that’s why writing a solid business plan is the best first step you can take toward making your dream of owning a successful small business a reality.
In this recording of our “Writing a Business Plan to Get What You Want!” webinar you’ll learn about a Business Plan and its sections, including:
The importance of deciding who the plan is for
The Business Overview – Talking about The Opportunity and why what you offer is The Solution; defining the target market; describing the unique aspects of a business that give it a competitive advantage and how the business owner intends to keep that advantage
Vision – Where the owner sees their company in 3 – 5 years, the ultimate goal for the business, and a description of the exit strategy
What to include in the Marketing Research section – Industry trends, consumer trends, wider general trends (government, economic, technology) that may impact a product; a business’ main competitors and their potential impact.
Sales Projections – How to calculate reasonable sales projections to include in a business plan
Management Team – Why is the owner the best person to launch this business, given their support team and contacts?
Marketing and Sales Strategy – The plan to get the word out about products given factors like prices, location, size of area to be covered, marketing budget, and projected sales
Operations – Discussion of operational issues like processes and delivery; how processes will be tracked to ensure completion; who handles human resources issues like hiring, scheduling, etc., and how they will be handled.
Action Steps – The importance of showing the company’s goals for today, as well as its Short Term and Long Term goals.
Financial Projections – Demonstration that the business is financially viable and sustainable over the long-term.
Executive Summary – Written last, but first thing reader sees. Must entice reader to keep reading.
Having a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a smart move for any small business owner. You might need to share confidential information that you don’t want shared with many different business relationships that you have in place.
– Your employees might have access to company secrets, intellectual property, future strategic plans, customer pricing, and many other pieces of information that you don’t wish to have shared.
– Your business partners or investors where you are sharing financial information and your future plans.
– Your banker where you are sharing financial information including the debt and equity information.
– Your customers or suppliers who you are sharing information with on pricing, marketing tactics, and other information that allows you to be a good strategic partner with them.
– Anyone else that you share confidential information with that you don’t want to become public information.
If you want to have an NDA, you can learn more about them and download a template here: https://clausehound.com/
Thanks to Cobalt Lawyers (http://cobaltcounsel.com/) and ClauseHound (https://clausehound.com/). The information provided may not be relevant to your jurisdiction, this information is not a substitute for obtaining legal counsel, nor does it create a lawyer-client relationship with you, the reader.
Small business owners need to know how to protect themselves. A contract is not designed for when the two parties agree, but for any potential time when they don’t agree. That is the key!
In this 25 minute video we focus on sales and vendor contracts, but contract best practices in general. What are some of the clauses and what should be paid attention to? The specific clauses that we walk through are;
1. Parties of a contract
2. Description of the product or scope of services
3. Fees and charges
4. Tax responsibility
5. Rejection or acceptance of the product
6. Warranty period and exclusions
7. Payment terms, due date, interest rates
8. Customer promises
9. Vendor promises
10. Limitation of liability
12. Dispute resolution mechanism
Contact the Expert
If you have more questions and need more specifics, please contact Rajah Lehal directly!