SCC sponsoring seminar on effective partnerships


Effective Partnerships – Learn to Share the Sandbox will be the topic of a free seminar offered by Surry Community College’s Small Business Center on Thursday, June 8 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Elkin Center, 1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin.

With more organizations chasing scarcer funds, funders are choosing to invest their resources into projects that exhibit higher levels of community collaboration.

“For non-profits operating in “survival mode,” it can be challenging to view similar organizations as anything other than competitors,” the college said in a statement announcing the class. “However, it is critical that each organization evaluate their mission in light of their community needs and available resources.

“Small business owners, executive directors, and board members can use this enlightening three-hour seminar to learn to develop partnerships in preparation for submitting collaborative grant proposals,” the college said.

Facilitator Amanda Pearce will discuss collaborations and partnerships, as well as how and why to establish organizational needs prior to reaching out to potential partners. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn how to discern between mutually beneficial partnerships and those that only consume resources. Additionally, participants may be able to gain insight on outlining partnership agreements for community and grant writing purposes, and effective methods for developing and maintaining strategic partnerships, in order to ensure long-term partnership and individual success.

The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the seminar. To register, or view a complete listing of upcoming Small Business Center offerings in Surry and Yadkin counties, visit www.surry.edu/sbc. Anyone in need of information about confidential, one-on-one counseling and resource referrals may contact Dale Badgett at badgettd@surry.edu or call (336) 386-3685.

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