Let the Sunshine In

Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, July 27, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Nonprofit “U” is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, is the host. The show will stream live from BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u.  The podcast will be archived on BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u, Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU and Stitcher.

Monday’s episode will provide an overview of the evidence-based Rising Tide Model, the Sunshine Enterprises Community Business Academy;  the organization’s Business Acceleration Services initiative and the upcoming Southside Women in Business Summit.  There will be opportunities for listeners to call in with questions and participate in live chats. Nonprofit professionals, and small business owners are encouraged to call in and share their stories. The live call in number is       (347) 884-8121.

When Shelby Parchman started working with Sunshine Enterprises, his charge was to create 200 businesses along the 61st Street Corridor in Chicago’s Woodlawn community.  Since that time, he has expanded  the vision to include businesses in under-served communities on Chicago’s Southside, Westside and Southwestside. “The best path to sustainable community transformation is entrepreneurship,” Parchman said. “Small businesses create jobs and expand the tax base, which, in turn, can be reinvested in our communities’ infrastructure, schools and future economic development. It’s a win-win proposition for everybody involved.”

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Nonprofit “U” Lineup

Nonprofit U Banner2Thanks for your support of Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show. I’m very excited about the lineup of guests for future shows.  They include

  • Shelby Parchman, Director of Programs for Sunshine Enterprises
  • Daniel F. Bassill​, CEO, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
  • Robert Douglas​, Americorps VISTA and Director of Outreach for Top Box
  • Ileana Serrano, Data Dissemination Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Danielle Redmond, Technology Teacher at Chicago Public Schools
  • Dr. Kate Pravera​, Academic Director (and Founder) of the UIC Online Certificate in Nonprofit Managment – University of IL at Chicago​
  • Kara Kennedy, Executive Director of Lumity
  • Eric Weinheimer, CEO of the Donors Forum​
  • Ralph Martire, CEO of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
  • Jody Adler, Director of the Law Project for the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
  • Jasmine Marrow, Director of Nonprofit Strategy, GuideStar
  • Dr. Michael McAfee, Vice President for Programs, PolicyLink
  • Brenda Palms​, CEO of the North Lawndale Employment Network, a 501c3
  • Dr.Dennis Deer​, President of Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc.
  • Rodney Brown, Vice President of the New Covenant CDC
  • Carolina Gaete​ and Cecile Carroll-De Mello​, Co-Directors of Blocks Together

Valerie F. Leonard is an expert in community and organizational development, with a mission to strengthen the capacity of organizations to make a positive impact on the communities they serve through technical assistance, specialized workshops, resource and organizational development and project management. For further information, you may call Valerie at 773-571-3886, visit www.valeriefleonard.com or e-mail her atconsulting@valeriefleonard.com.

Tune in to Nonprofit “U” at BlogTalkRadio.com/Nonprofit_U every Monday, from 2:00 pm-2:30 pm. Archived episodes may be found on BlogTalkRadio.com/Nonprofit_U;Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU or Stitcher.


News from the SBA June 28, 2015

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SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Announces ‘Startup in a Day’ Initiative

When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. That’s why I’m proud to join the White House in announcing the launch of our Startup in a Day initiative, in alliance with the National League of Cities. Our goal is to reduce a process that can take weeks or even months into one that takes less than a day.

For more information, visit www.sba.gov/startup
e-mail the Startup in a Day team at startup@sba.gov

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North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council Submits Application for Technical Assistance to CMAP

The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council is proud to announce that we have submitted our application to CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) for technical assistance in developing a comprehensive plan for the entire North Lawndale Community, as defined by Community Area 29. We were able to do so with the support of 32 North Lawndale stakeholders, including individuals, organizations, businesses and elected officials.

The elected officials who provided letters of support include Congressman Danny K. Davis, Commissioner Robert Steele, State Rep. Art Turner and Alderman Michael Scott, Jr.

Other stakeholders submitting letters of support include Holsten Human Capital Development, Valerie F. Leonard, Deer Rehabilitation Services Inc., Chicago Youth Centers, Advanced Care Services, Inc., North Lawndale Employment Network, a 501c3, 28th Ward Young Democrats Organization, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, UCAN, BBF, EATS Grocery, The Learning Center, Reginald Johns, Lawndale Business Renaissance Association, Sinai Health System, New Covenant CDC, Juvenile Protective Association, Foundation for Homan Square, Audrey Dunford, Rhonda F. Albritton, The Night Ministry, The Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program, K-Town Historic District Association, Anna Maria Leon, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

We thank everyone for the support you have provided during the process of developing the application. We will spend the next couple months developing ground rules, recruiting members and staffing committees. We will roll out the NLCCC in earnest at the end of the summer.

North Lawndale stakeholders may sign on at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W8Xzeogm3VboJnSE6SKnlcN7jvBsvOepm9M5Hc8Xlm4/viewform?usp=send_form


Coming to a Computer Near You: Nonprofit “U”

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2015
Contact: Valerie F. Leonard, Expert in Community and Organizational Development
consulting@valeriefleonard.com; 773-571-3886

Valerie F. LeonardValerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, will host the Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show on Monday afternoons, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the BlogTalkRadio network, beginning June 22, 2015. Nonprofit “U” is a forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector, and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. The Nonprofit “U” blog radio talk show is the first series of its kind in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and one of very few in the country.
“After talking with nonprofit stakeholders from around the City of Chicago and beyond, it’s very clear that the time for this show is now”, Leonard said. “Emerging nonprofit leaders don’t always have access to the more seasoned professionals and policy makers in the industry” . As a result, Leonard says, “they operate in the dark and make a lot of unnecessary mistakes”.
Nonprofit “U” will provide listeners the opportunity to ask questions by phone, social media or live chat. Leonard’s goal for every show is to raise awareness of issues that impact nonprofits’ ability to serve their clients and to provide actionable solutions. At the same time, leaders of organizations that serve nonprofits will have a better sense for how best to meet their needs.

Brenda Palms BarberBrenda Palms Barber, CEO of the North Lawndale Employment Network on Chicago’s West Side, will be the featured guest on Brenda’s Secret Sauce, the first episode of Nonprofit “U”. Palms Barber moved to Chicago 15 years ago and started the North Lawndale Employment Network to assist returning citizens transition back to society through employment and other resources. She found a community that ranked in the top 6 in the state with respect to prisoners returning home. Today, her clients as a group have a recidivism rate of 6% compared to 43% for the country. Under her leadership, NLEN has grown from 2 to 21 employees, and provides job training and financial literacy to over 2,000 men and women. She launched the Sweet Beginnings social enterprise, which produces local honey and skincare products under the beelove brand, where 383 returning citizens have been employed, since 2007.
What’s in Brenda’s secret sauce? “Call-in to the show at (347) 884-8121 and find out”, Leonard said. The show will stream live from BlogTalkRadio.com/nonprofit_u.

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Upcoming Census.gov Workshops

I am working in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to facilitate training on their website in communities around the City of Chicago. The two-part training session will occur 2 days a month in Chicago Public Library branches. Our July class will take place on Friday, July 17, 2015 and Friday, July 24, 2015, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, at the Uptown Library, 929 West Buena, Chicago, IL. Our August class will take place Wednesday, August 12, 2015, and Wednesday, August 19, 2015, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Back of the Yards Library, 2111 West 47th Street, Chicago, IL. Register here.

We have very limited space, and we ask that you register ahead of time and bring your own laptop computer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at consulting@valeriefleonard.com


Census.gov Training

American Fact Finer

I am very excited to announce that I will be working with the U.S. Census Bureau to facilitate training on the Census.gov website.  We will be working with a cohort of 15 journalists, nonprofit leaders and small business owners.  The hands-on training will take place in two parts.  Part one will provide an overview of how to navigate the upgraded Census.gov website, with a particular focus on the American Fact Finder and demographic and data sets. Participants will also learn to develop queries along specific geographies and to map the results in preparation for business planning, developing community needs assessments, program development and market analysis. The journalists will use the training to better understand the landscapes of the communities they cover in the news.

The first class filled within less than 4 hours of a single announcement on Facebook!  We have decided to provide the hands on training on a monthly basis, while demand lasts. We will also provide occasional training through webinars from time to time.  If you are interested in signing up for a future training, please email me at consulting@valeriefleonard.com.