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Sept1 11 kickoff meeting presentation

  1. 1. NEDCO Light Rail Business Support Kick Off Meeting September 1, 2011
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Help Available from NEDCO </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>What To Start Doing Now </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONS <ul><li>Terry Benelli-Executive Director, NEDCO </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Rule-Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Christy Strauch-Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Andres Guevara-Intern </li></ul><ul><li>The Audience </li></ul>
  4. 4. CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE <ul><li>Utility relocations start late spring 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Construction 2013-2015 </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-operation 2015-2016 </li></ul><ul><li>For updates: </li></ul><ul><li>www.valleymetro.org/metro_projects_planning/central_mesa </li></ul>
  5. 5. HELP AVAILABLE FROM NEDCO <ul><li>Monthly workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Consulting Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated Coaching Groups </li></ul>
  6. 6. MONTHLY WORKSHOPS <ul><li>1. Financial: how to begin setting money aside and looking at ways to cut expenses </li></ul><ul><li>2. Marketing: how to begin talking to your clients now </li></ul><ul><li>3. Accounting: what to do to make sure your system is current, and what actions to take if it isn’t </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative sales channels </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions? </li></ul>
  7. 7. INDIVIDUAL CONSULTING <ul><ul><li>Accounting: Bookkeeping, Budgeting, Accounting Systems, Controls Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing: Plans, Social Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General Business-Business plans, Lease Negotiation, Risk Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. INDIVIDUAL CONSULTING <ul><ul><li>Information technology: Computer Equipment Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human resource issues: Planning, Governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan document preparation </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. FACILITATED COACHING <ul><li>Owners of six to ten businesses will meet once a month in a facilitated coaching group, </li></ul><ul><li>Report their progress to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Share solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE GOOD NEWS <ul><li>All the help is free </li></ul>
  11. 11. HERE’S WHAT’S WORKED (AND NOT) <ul><li>http://nexus.umn.edu/Theses/ReubenCollins_ProfessionalPaper.pdf </li></ul>
  12. 12. WHAT TO START DOING NOW <ul><li>Start collecting your customers’ contact information (start with email addresses) </li></ul><ul><li>Begin talking to your customers regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Get your accounting system up to date </li></ul><ul><li>See if there are places you can start saving money </li></ul><ul><li>Get help from NEDCO-Fill out the application </li></ul>
  13. 13. NEDCO APPLICATION <ul><li>On your table </li></ul><ul><li>This will help us understand what programs businesses want </li></ul><ul><li>This will help YOU get started planning for construction </li></ul>
  14. 14. LET’S BE FRIENDS <ul><li>“ Like” us on Facebook: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/NEDCOLightRailSupport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow us on Twitter: @NedcoLRSupport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check our website: www.nedco-mesa.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opt into our email newsletter </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. QUESTIONS

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