Friday, February 26, 2016

UNF SBDC Nonprofit Client Tabbed "Homegrown Charity" by Minor League Baseball

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Locally based non-profit, BairFind today announced a partnership with Minor League Baseball and Minor League Baseball Charities to place their “BairFind Signs” in every minor league baseball stadium in America. As Minor League Baseball Charities newest official Homegrown Charity Partner, BairFind is expanding the search for missing children through an innovative approach to sports-based marketing.

"We are honored to be the newest Official Homegrown Charity Partner of Minor League Baseball," said BairFind founder Dennis Bair, a former Minor League pitcher for the Chicago
Cubs. "This summer, millions of baseball fans across the country will be enlisted in the search for missing kids. With BairFind Signs in MiLB stadiums, we will revolutionize the search for missing children in the USA in 2016."

“Through Minor League Baseball’s relationship with The BairFind Foundation, our ballparks can in one more way serve as a resource to their communities—to help find missing kids,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “We welcome BairFind to the MiLB family as a Homegrown Charity Partner and with the assistance of our clubs and fans, hope to play a small part in bringing more children home to their families.” BairFind's goal is to place a “BairFind Sign” in the concourse of every Minor League ballpark nationwide this season through a strategic roll out campaign with the support of MiLB Charities.

“BairFind Signs” feature missing children specific to each team's region. To date, BairFind has featured 278 missing children at 40 Minor League ballparks, 65 of whom have been safely located.

Bairfind CEO Ellen Sullivan noted, "This nonprofit has come a long way in a very short time. We thank the Jacksonville community for their support. Special thanks for the SBDC at the University of North Florida for being there with us at every turn. Kevin Monahan introduced me to founder Dennis Bair and things really took off from there."

About BairFind
BairFind is bringing and keeping more kids home through community awareness programs and innovative solutions designed to change the cultural conversation around missing children. As a tax exempt 501(c)(3), our objective is to expand the search through youth education and prevention, collaborative real-time response technologies and standing with families in their continued search.
Contact: Ellen Sullivan
Phone: 904.716.0255

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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