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5 Ways to Give Back to Your Community

givebackDuring the holiday season, we often think about how we can make a meaningful contribution to the community that has supported us throughout the year.  As a business owner, there are actually many different ways to help.

Here are five things you can do to get started:

 

Volunteer your services.

Is there any way that a charity or non-profit organization could make use of your services?  Work for free for a day to support an important cause.

 

Support schools.

Provide donations at school fundraisers, offer co-op positions, and do anything else that you can for children and youth.  They are our future.

 

Hold a fundraising event.

Put on an event to raise money for a cause that’s important to you.  Make it fun and tie it to your business if possible.  For example, if you sell clothes or accessories, you could host a fashion show.

 

Mentor young entrepreneurs.

Starting a new business can be extremely intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  Join the chamber of commerce and other business networking groups in your community and help people who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.

 

Donate unused stuff.

If you have extra stock or office equipment sitting around, why not give it away?  That way someone can actually use it and you will free up space.

For an entrepreneur, giving back to your community is a win-win proposition.  It helps you build your company’s reputation and you get to demonstrate what your business stands for.  Let your heart lead the way and you can be proud to say that your company made a difference.

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