Q & A continued for Sept. 29 Webinar Participants
Thank you for your great questions! Here are my replies back for the next segment of Q & A!
Q: At what phase would one seek help from your firm [before the composition of a business plan or once a draft is in place?] [Q: 1:40 PM]
Elizabeth: I am a writer. I can be of assistance to business owners in the writing and editing process. I highly recommend that an entrepreneur research what the local community has to offer. There are so many local trainings and resources available as well as the internet. I am happy to consult with anyone who wishes to talk more about what my company has to offer.
Q: Congratulations Eli, you are impressive. Your hermana Ana Maria [Q: 1:41 PM]
Elizabeth: Hello Ana Maria! Thank you for tuning in today! I’m looking forward to reconnecting at the NHLI conference in November. Wishing you the best life has to offer!
Q: how hard iis it now to get the money you need for your organization considering the economic crisis [Q: 1:41 PM]
Elizabeth: If you are asking about my business, it is revenue-making and based on my capacity to secure clients. As for fundraising during the economic crisis, foundations are still giving. The difference today is that there are more needs in the community and less resources to distribute. It has gotten tougher to secure funding, but it is still possible! You must present a strong enough case and truly be able to back up your grant applications for the funding agency. I have been able to secure grants for non-profits even during this economic climate by being strategic and thinking outside the box.
Q: Where can we find your blog to obtain a copy of the presentation? [Q: 1:43 PM]
Elizabeth: I will be posting a series created from my presentation on my future blog posts. Thanks for asking.
Q: How long does it take to deveolp a business plan?
Elizabeth: I can share with you that it took me three months to develop it in a way that I felt more comfortable with it. I had my computer crash as I was mid-point. I lost my market research. Yes, really, I lost all of the research components that I had already plugged into the business plan. I started writing it over again and felt more confident with the newer and fresher version. Anything can happen. It’s what we do with the experience that counts. Don’t give up on your dream!
Q: ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STUDENT GROUPS WITH GRANT FUNDING FOR ON CAMPUS PROJECTS? IF SO, ARE THEIR FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SERVICE? [Q: 1:44 PM]
Elizabeth: Most colleges and universities will have a grants department. I would encourage college students to first touch base with them. I would be happy to consult with any group or organization that had any additional questions. Guide to Grants Plus does a needs assessment and initial client meeting to see what the extent of assistance is being requested. So, it is best to set up an initial meeting to go over the needs.
Q: Can you speak more about your digital business card? What is that like and how do you market it? [Q: 1:46 PM]
Elizabeth: The Digital Business Card (DBC) is a proprietorship of Sprocket Productions. I collaborated with this company in order to create my DBC. The DBC is a digital resume which allows me to show what my consulting firm has to offer my prospective clients. I highly recommend it as one of the tools of marketing your business and what you have to offer others.
Q: what kind of clients do you have? [Q: 1:48 PM]
Elizabeth: My client-base is mostly non-profits and educational institutions.
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