Open for Business

with Jody Glynn Patrick

August 2013

08/28/13

Doing good works: Young community builders step up

We’re celebrating entrants for the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 26th annual awards luncheon on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Overture Center for the Arts. I’m especially happy that the organization has included a slot for Outstanding Young Philanthropist, and so we’re meeting Alex Haunty, a young man who is stepping up on behalf of people with disabilities.

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08/21/13

Doing good works: Zimbrick’s long tradition of philanthropy

Welcome back for a second peek at nominees (in a series of behind-the-scenes previews!) for the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards. The official honors will be presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 26th annual awards luncheon on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Overture Center for the Arts. This week, we’ll introduce a second entry for the Outstanding Business or Corporation (100+ employees) category, though a formal introduction likely isn’t necessary for a business with such a wide reach and well-known branding message as Zimbrick, Inc.

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08/15/13

Doing good works: Behind the scenes with community builders

Who will win the 2013 National Philanthropy Day Awards, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 26th annual awards luncheon on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Overture Center for the Arts? I have no idea, but I’m humbled to share many of the nominees’ personal stories with you in the coming weeks to give you an insider’s view of why the Madison region is such a great place to raise a family, enjoy the arts, or build a business.

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08/08/13

When the weather outside is frightful: Disaster plans for small businesses

You may think of a disaster recovery plan as a luxury reserved for big businesses with the budgets and staff to create one, but since small businesses usually operate out of a single location and likely do business in the same geographic area as their customers — who would be equally challenged by a major weather event — their need for a business interruption plan is even greater.

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08/01/13

Trade obligations for possibilities — that’s energizing!

Unless you are self-actualized (the best “you” ever possible), you can’t let up on the gas. If you disengage, you’ll coast downhill. But it’s hard to feel energized every single bleary-eyed morning, knowing that you’re facing another arduous mountain of meetings, looming project deadlines, and service demands. Your higher self wants to become more adaptable and valuable to the marketplace, but your in-the-moment self knows that it takes a lot of striving, which takes a lot of effort and saps energy. And in all that striving, it’s easy to lose sight of a few elementary principles that could help you refuel.

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