Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Share Your Mission with Social Media" to be Featured at FSBDC Nonprofit Conference Sept. 18th.

We asked Bridget Van Landingham of Business Solutions Unlimited to address the topic of nonprofit social media earlier in the year. We were so impressed that we immediately invited her to facilitate a similar session at our September 18th conference.

Bridget will help conference attendees how to maximize the use. of social media to build donations, supporters, solicit sponsors & volunteers and build community and brand awareness. Nobody has better stories to tell than a nonprofit! Learn how to do it effectively!

Bridget is an Operations Specialist with over 20 years of experience.  She has held such positions as Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Marketing & Business Development & Chief Executive Officer.  She has worked in various industries such as government, legal, and accounting.  Through these experiences she found a passion for supporting nonprofits. 

 In 2005 she decided to bring her skills to the small business owners and non-profits of the area in a cost effective manner by opening Business Solutions Unlimited, a marketing, accounting, management, and human resource firm.  Since then she has continued to build a team of specialist in these areas.  She has been a resident of St. Augustine, Florida since 1998.  She currently serves on numerous boards in the community such as the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce & St. Johns County Head Start Policy Committee.

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Harness the Internet to Carry Out Your Mission! Joe Lemire Featured at FSBDC Nonprofit Conference Sept. 18th!

A priority of ours in planning workshops for the 5th Annual FSBDC Nonprofit Conference  was to address the race to stay ahead in technology. Joe Lemire gives us just that capability.

The internet can be a powerful tool for your nonprofit if used correctly. Every charitable organization needs to take the opportunity to analyze their options and select the appropriate strategy to integrate traditional marketing, communications, and fundraising practices with their online efforts. In this session Joe will address trends that may impact your organizations internet strategy. Attendees of this workshop will be exposed to a variety of ideas and concepts that can be further developed to fit their specific mission.

Joe Lemire is the President and Chief Innovator for ELYK Innovation, a dynamic web development firm based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Launched in early 2000, ELYK Innovation helps businesses and organizations of all sizes develop and implement Internet strategy to grow.

Joe came to Jacksonville in 1992 from Akron, Ohio, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Akron.

Joe and his team have worked with many Non-profits in the region that include Daniel, The Arc, Fresh Ministries, Leadership Jacksonville, The North Florida School, Empowerment Resources, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System, The Small Business Resource Network and The Small Business Development Center.

Community Involvement:

2013: Accepted to leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2014
2009 – 2012 Trustee Member, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
2009 – 2011 Board Member, Arlington Council
2007 – 2011 Board Member, South Council
2008 – President South Council, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
2007 – Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leader of the Year
2006 – Florida Small Business Development Center Network Regional Volunteer of the Year

Membership Organizations:
-The Small Business Resource Network
-Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
-The Southside Business Men’s Club

-Harley Owners Group, Jax Chapter

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Dan Broze, Why Nonprofits Need Online Marketing - FSBDC Nonprofit Conference Sept. 18th!

Just in case you were not positive already,'s Dan Broze will be on hand at our 5th Annual FSBDC Nonprofit Conference to present a clear and easy to follow path to successful online marketing.

Online marketing is no longer optional for nonprofit organizations. Even the smallest and most local nonprofit must reach out to the public through an online presence.

In fact, having an exceptional website helps to legitimize your organization and your programming. People are searching for your website right now. If you do not have one you are out of the money. If you have one that is dreadful, you will lose out to another mission who put time and effort into their internet presence.

Dan Broze, a passionate online marketer for the North East Coast of Florida is the Jacksonville Local Branch Manager for He came to the First Coast via Puerto Rico where he spent two years helping to convert a traditional Yellow Pages company into a modern digital agency for the Caribbean.

He has devoted his career to helping small to medium size organizations succeed. His goal is to help clients achieve their goals. By doing so I can positively change lives, boost the local economy, create new jobs and ideas. Dan's daily motivation is to help make the plan and see it executed. Then I want to start all over again.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Go From Vision to Action With Cathy Hagan at our Sept.18th Nonprofit Conference!

We have lots of questions for you to answer at our 5th Annual FSBDC Nonprofit Conference . Here is one for you... What is your nonprofit business model? – Its a big question and probably the first one that should be asked in any aspect of strategic planning. Without clear answers its difficult to create great services and software that supports this model. Using the Nonprofit Business Model Canvas is a way rapidly of exposing all the moving parts of your organization, and brings your overall mission into sharper focus. 

Cathy Hagan will help you explore how to use the business model canvas to create a plan that defines specific tactics and metrics to measure success.

Cathy is Area Director and business consultant at the FSBDC at UNFFor more than 20 years, she provides advice and guidance for business owners to help their businesses grow and succeed.   Cathy believes that like for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations must have a sound business model.  

She has facilitated strategic planning sessions for numerous non-profit organizations as well as group training programs on financial management for non-profits.  In 2013, she earned her Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of North Florida.  Cathy earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Emory University and her MBA from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining the FSBDC at UNF, she held marketing and training positions in both the health insurance and banking industries. 

Cathy is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2002 and is a member of Oceanside Rotary where she has served as Secretary and Community Service Chair.  She can often be found volunteering in the community, painting houses for Beaches Habitat or handing out school supplies for the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nonprofit Board Expert on Tap for FSBDC Nonprofit Conference

As we get ready for our 5th Annual FSBDC Nonprofit Conference on September 18th, you can bet we were going to address board management! How strategic is your board in planning the direction of your nonprofit while providing oversight and ensuring resources for the organization?

Kelly Altosino-Sastre will cover the action steps necessary to incorporate the Four T’s in strengthening the current and future leadership of your nonprofit. 

Kelly is President and CEO of KAS Consulting Services and has more than 30 years of hands-on experience, expertise and education in all facets of the nonprofit sector. She has served dozens of nonprofit organizations in a variety of leadership roles such as Board Chair, CEO, and Consultant to name a few.  

She believes that when Board members embrace a culture of giving time, talent and treasure- while nurturing a trusting relationship with CEO, these actions engender the greatest level of organizational success. 

Ms. Altosino-Sastre has a Masters in Human Services in Administration from Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)  and is certified in Nonprofit Board Education. Ms. Sastre currently serves as the Governance Director of Women Business Owners of North Florida, is a District leader for Rotary District 6970 of North Florida, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Institute of Life and Learning of Northeast Florida.  

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Jane Jordan: UNF Nonprofit Management Conference Attendee Favorite Returns September 18th!

When it comes to asking for donations, most of us get nervous. Not Jane Jordan! She has been working with nonprofits to effectively fund raise and has trained hundreds of SBDC nonprofit clients how to master the craft.  Here is a preview of what she will be presenting at our 5th Annual UNF Nonprofit Management Conference on September 18th:
Preparing For and Making the Ask. . .
As a prospective donor, how would YOU like to be cultivated and solicited for a gift? What is most important to YOU in that process? In this workshop, we’ll talk about the “rights” of a successful solicitation, the steps leading to the “ask”, and why we get NO for an answer.

Jane Jordan, founding principal of PartnersWithNonprofits.Org, has extensive experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, providing her with a unique perspective on the process of asking for and receiving charitable contributions.

Jane has been providing fund development, capital campaign, board and organization development, strategic planning and executive search consulting services to nonprofit organizations for 22 years.

Before establishing PartnersWithNonprofits.Org, as Vice President of Baptist Medical Center Foundation in Jacksonville, FL, Jane directed the organization through critical years of strategic growth and development. 

Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Community Affairs for Barnett Bank of Jacksonville (now Bank of America), over a ten-year period developing the bank’s charitable giving and community outreach programs to the point where Barnett Bank of Jacksonville and its leadership received national recognition for its community initiatives and charitable giving.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rewire Your Leadership Skills With Linda Davis O'Connell at Our 9/18 Nonprofit Conference!

We could not be happier that none other than Linda Davis O'Connell will be facilitating an intriguing breakout session at our 5th Annual UNF Nonprofit Management Conference. Here is a preview:

What’s Out? The Employee. What’s In? The Intrapreneur!
And this important, new trend is here to stay. With leaders and professionals already working harder, it’s an organization’s ability to work “smarter” that makes a BIG difference in working with limited resources. Second nature to the entrepreneur, innovation and ownership are now critical competencies inside organizations. Today’s effective leaders must take on a new mindset, one that moves past sluggish bureaucracy to a more empowered, innovative and positively energizing entrepreneurial culture.

It all starts with you. In this jam-packed session you will learn to think more intrepreneurally by making new mental connections and by learning to apply the creative energy and perspective of an entrepreneur to your job. With these new insights you can infuse staff development initiatives with cool, game changing and practical concepts that address critical organizational problems such as engagement, talent retention, morale and productivity.

You will leave this session prepared to:

  • Rewire how you think about your role as a leader
  • Infuse your thoughts and actions with intreprenrual spirit and thinking
  • Take powerful bold actions that exponentially increase your value to the organization
  • Build your own development initiatives that teach everyone to become intrepreneurs
Linda Davis O’Connell is the owner of Learnologie, a company providing learning and development solutions to improve the effectiveness, productivity, engagement and job satisfaction of leaders and professionals. She has her Masters in Human Resources Management along with 25 years in the trenches serving in IT and Financial Services organizations as Recruiting Manager, Human Resources Manager and Director of Learning and Development.  She is known for her groundbreaking and acutely relevant programs that address the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century workplace.  Linda is an international conference presenter and a frequent professional association speaker, engaging her audience with energy, storytelling and humor. 

Click here to register for the September 18th UNF Nonprofit Management Conference.