Apnba June 2008 Conference Schaller

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Working Together, Jim Schaller, North Portland Business Association. Track 2, Presentation 4

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Apnba June 2008 Conference Schaller

  1. 1. Working Together Jim Schaller, Chair North Portland Business Association APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 1
  2. 2. Presentation Outline Perceptions of an association How to get people to commit How to effectively follow up How to become more focused Collaborating with government agencies Teaming with neighboring BDAs Being financially self-sustaining self- APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 2
  3. 3. Perceptions of an Association Not enough committed volunteers Board does not listen to and follow up with members’ issues Board lacks focus and motivation Board is unable to work with City Hall and other elected officials U ab e Unable to financially se -sustain a c a y self susta self- APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 3
  4. 4. How to Get People to Commit Form committees or sub-groups sub- Membership Committee General Meeting Committee Grant Writing Committee Have a board member chair each committee Ask the general members to assist on any committee of their interest. interest APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 4
  5. 5. How to Effectively Follow Up Create a Directors’ Accounts Data Base Think of 2-3 key questions to ask your members 2- each month Chart their responses and post those responses and delegate who will address which issues Once resolved, post the solutions on a web page/blog/newsletter for all to use. Call the member with the issue to ensure a resolution has been found APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 5
  6. 6. How to Become More Focused Break the job down Assign board member ownership to each job Ask your board if they have the capacity/time to commit to the job Do not be afraid to tell your board “NO” APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 6
  7. 7. Collaborate with Government Agencies It might not begin with City Hall but Hall, ultimately it will funnel through City Hall Vote one of your Directors to be your liaison t Cit H ll li i to City Hall Solicit the help from the APNBA APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 7
  8. 8. Team Up With Neighboring BDA’s BDA s Power is in the numbers They Th may hhave th answers you are the seeking It shows your members that y are y you looking out for them APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 8
  9. 9. Being Financially Self-Sustaining Self- Eliminate your reliance upon grants Develop a cash fl D l h flow stream t Dues Advertising Events Wills/Trusts APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 9
  10. 10. In Conclusion… Spreading the work makes everyone’s life everyone s easier Manageable, focused tasks are more easily accomplished il li h d Collaboration with others works APNBA Business District Association Conference – June, 2008 10

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