My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation, Suffolk, VA, USA
I became familiar with VHCDC in 2004 as a double-minority owner of a distribution company. Though my company was located in the Northern portion of North Carolina ( near the Virginia line) I received an invitation from VHCDC to attend a conference for small businesses and to participate in a "Business Plan" writing contest where the top prize was an investment from an angel investment company.
I did not participate in the contest and initially had reservations about attending, however, after receiving the agenda, and the list of workshop presenters, I knew that I had to make an effort to go and to take my sales consultants with me. I have never regretted that decision.
It was not only jam packed with useful information and advice, it afforded me the opportunity to network with small business owners from so many different places and we all altruistically shared connections, contacts, ideas, suggestions and advice. James Taylor, Executive Director, not only demonstrated great leadership skills he also showed us how to plan, coordinate and execute an effective conference with meaningful information from experts in federal government, state government, private sector as well as funding opportunities for our endeavors.
Although I moved to central N.C. to become caregiver for my mom who passed away in 2012, James has maintained contact with me and now that I can once again focus on business, I certainly plan to revive this professional connection that has continued to develop, expand and reach out to entrepreneurs in neighboring states. Thank you James Taylor for helping me to connect with partners who were significant in helping me to realize a higher level of success in distribution.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make sure it is recognized as model for "best practices" and if a Technical Assistance has not been established, I would strongly suggest that Mr. Taylor provide TA to similar organizations in multiple states and create an annual forum for the leadership of these organizations to come together to help increase the number of small business owners so that we can create more jobs - for a fee of course.
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