Quantcast

Charity Begins at the Home Office

Get the WebProNews Newsletter:


[ Business]

Most societies have a tradition of giving to the needy; We’re told to do so by our parents, teachers and clergy. It is the right thing to do — and it can also be a smart business strategy.

A couple of years ago, a restaurateur from San Francisco decided to open shop down south in one of the most competitive, high-rent districts in the country: Beverly Hills.

The failure rate for new restaurants is pretty high. Much depends on establishing a loyal clientele as quickly as possible, and Helene An did not know *anyone* in her new city. Yet, her restaurant — Crustacean — was an immediate hit upon opening and is still one of the most popular places to see and be seen in notoriously fickle Beverly Hills.

An knew that the restaurant’s dramatic decor would make an impression, and she had faith in the French/Vietnamese recipes her family brought with them when they came to the U.S. But she understood that having a good product is not enough for any new venture. She needed to connect with her target customers before her grand opening.

“I decided that if I wanted to have friends, I would be a friend. I would become a friend to the community.”

So An became an active participant in local causes and charities. She gave money, offered Crustacean as a site for fund-raisers and donated gift certificates as auction and raffle prizes. She joined the boards of several of the area’s non-profit organizations. Her restaurant earned a reputation as the city’s most philanthropic.

The result was immediate awareness and visibility — and a network that includes most of the movers and shakers of the community.

While most home business owners are unable to match An’s generosity dollar for dollar (her annual charity budget is over $100,000), her method will work for a business of any size:

Instead of just buying a raffle ticket, how about donating one of your products to serve as a prize?

If your business is a service, make up some gift certificates and give it to that non-profit’s silent auction.

Make time for PTA meetings and volunteer to help out on school activities.

Sponsor a local children’s team — your business name and logo will be seen throughout the community.

Need more ideas? The following organizations specialize in matching volunteers with local non-profits who need them:

http://www.helping.org
http://www.volunteermatch.org
http://www.servenet.org

Besides increasing your visibility and expanding your network, you’ll be making your community a better place to live… and that’s good for business!

Donna Schwartz Mills, CMP is a veteran events planner awarded the Certified Meetings Professional designation by the Convention Liaison Council. She is now the webmaster/editor of the NOBOSS ParentPreneur Club. http://www.parentpreneurclub.com/

Charity Begins at the Home Office
Comments Off
About Donna Schwartz Mills
Donna Schwartz Mills, CMP is a veteran events planner awarded the Certified Meetings Professional designation by the Convention Liaison Council. She is now the webmaster/editor of the NOBOSS ParentPreneur Club. http://www.parentpreneurclub.com/ WebProNews Writer


Top Rated White Papers and Resources

Comments are closed.

  • Join for Access to Our Exclusive Web Tools
  • Sidebar Top
  • Sidebar Middle
  • Sign Up For The Free Newsletter
  • Sidebar Bottom