www.venturenavigator.co.uk/business-communitiesBusiness CommunitiesVentureNavigator Business Communities offer Local Authorities their own geographically focused onlinebusiness support community, complete with news, events, discussions, resources and assessments. TheVentureNavigator team has developed a clear understanding of the responsibilities of Local Authorities tosupport entrepreneurs and small businesses, including the requirement to provide accessible business supportand to gather metrics that inform economic development. An Accessible Business Resource – Any local business or entrepreneur in your area will be able to join your community online to access business support and resources. A Forum for Feedback – You can gather feedback on any issue or topic, using the discussion (Q&A) area or by creating a questionnaire or assessment. A Voice in the Community – By posting and responding to comments, you will have a voice in the local business community. By posting news orLaunched In 2009, VentureNavigator Business emailing the community, you can instantly share yourCommunities, is a new service to help Local views on important local issues.Authorities support entrepreneurship and businessgrowth. Once set up, each community acts as a hub A Network of Businesses – As more businesses joinfor local business advice and resources, attracting the community, you will be able to build up yournew members and making outreach to hard-to-contact database of local business contacts, with detailedgroups, such as sole traders, much more cost- information about each one.effective. Statistics and Reports – By providing an online busi-Local Authorities can collect detailed information about ness network, you will have access to statistics andeach business and email all of their community reports, based on usage, preferences and feedback.members. With the inclusion of communitymanagement tools, meaningful metrics and About VentureNavigatordownloadable reports, VentureNavigator Business VentureNavigator (www.venturenavigator.co.uk) isCommunities provides a simple, off-the-shelf solution one of the UK’s leading online support communitiesto a potentially complex and expensive challenge. for entrepreneurs and small businesses. With thousands of active members and many moreVentureNavigator Business Communities deliver: joining every week, VentureNavigator offers a blendAn Instant Community – Your VentureNavigator of high-quality resources, news, discussion andBusiness community will be up and running in a interactive business assessments. Launched incouple of days and, as part of the setup, we can invite 2007, VentureNavigator has earned a reputation asexisting VentureNavigator members in your area to a source of reliable, impartial business advice andjoin your community. has helped thousands of small businesses to grow and succeed.
Community homepage: Your own community Questionnaires: Get more detailed information aboutFeatures homepage with a unique web address. This page your members, their businesses and their needs. We shows the latest activity in your community including can set up a Questionnaire for them to answer when your News and Events. they join your community. Community Manager Dashboard: As a Community Member Upload: When you start your community, Manager you will have access to your own we can pre-load it with your existing contacts. Community Manager Dashboard. This enables you to administer multiple communities. Assessments: Once your community is up and running, we can set up Assessments for them. Assessments are intelligent questionnaires that signpost members to local resources. Competitions: Business Plan Competitions are one of the best ways of gathering information about your local business community and generating buzz. Our Competition feature enables you to set up sophisti- cated business plan competitions quickly and efficiently. Community Manager Dashboard News and Event Updates: Using your VentureNavigator Community Manager Dashboard, you can post regular news and events to the members of your community. Profiles: Each of your members will have their own personal Profile on VentureNavigator. Competition Management Group Messaging: Send a message to all of your Community Management Training: Whilst setting Community members. This is a great way of keeping up your community is important, you need to manage your members up-to-date with news, upcoming it effectively to get the best results. To help get you events and opportunities. started we offer a non-technical training session that covers community planning, community management Private Messaging: Private messaging between and marketing. members is one of the most popular features on Facebook and other social networks and helps build Prices community cohesion. VentureNavigator Business Communities are inherently cost-effective. By using the internet we Reporting & Statistics: VentureNavigator will are able to both reduce the cost of access to provide an administration interface that enables the services and dramatically increase returns, Community Manager to view and download reports. especially in terms of data and reporting. By using User statistics can be enhanced by implementing a our existing platform, we are able to offer low-cost community questionnaire which helps to identify and implementation and provide our customers with target businesses that can benefit from local the additional benefit of an existing member business support services. database. Leverage our Existing Community: Once we have Prices are based on the population size of the created your community, every new Authority and are available on request. VentureNavigator member that lives in your area will automatically be invited to join your community. We sign up thousands of new members every year, so For More Information you will benefit from our growing network. For more information or to arrange a demonstration, please contact Emma Hewett, Widgets: Our widgets enable you to embed Business Development Manager community news, events and discussions within your Tel: 07785 925065 own website. We can also enable your members to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org log into VentureNavigator directly from your site. www.venturenavigator.co.uk/business-communities