Saturday, February 25, 2012

Non-Stop with MSBA

but in a very good way!

From mid-November to mid-February the Military Spouse Business Association usually takes a break for the holidays. However in January, MSBA, was invited to join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes "Alliance," and take part in the Military Spouse Career Forum. You can read about it in our press release.

The Board Members put in full time some days to prepare for that event in January. It was wonderful! The amount of military spouses that are interested in or who operate their own business just in the D.C. area alone, was amazing! We actually gave out all 250 rack cards.

This event was also a rewarding moment for the Board Members as some of us were meeting for the first time. Joanna, Rebecca, Lynn and Myself were also met by two MSBA members, Denise and Carolyn. You can find more information about the event in the January newsletter.

After the event there was follow through with contacts we made.

February was here before we even realized and it is also tax time for businesses. I really dislike the stress that tax time puts on me for the two weeks. It definitely causes my patience level to drop.

Another big step to help get word out about MSBA and to become more active in representing military spouse business owners; an invitation to take part in the National Credentialing Summit held in D.C. and, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The American Legion. MSBA was honored and thrilled to be placed in a panel with fellow "Alliance" members. You can read more about Panel 10 here.

Even with all of these great things happening MSBA is in a unique situation right now. The Board Members are trying to get the organization back on track after they each individually, took three years to promote and support the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. In order to do that we need...you guessed it, money.

This weekend co-founder and Director of Business Development, Joanna Williamson had a great idea; fundraising for the organization through online campaigning per say. I believe she put this in our "Parking Lot" of ideas however I may put it on the agenda for our Tuesday meeting.

So do you have any suggestions or tips on how to raise money for a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization? Anything in particular that really worked for you or your organization? Or would you please consider donating! You can click the "Donate" button in the right column of our website.

Thank You!