Supporting my community? Now there’s something I haven’t thought about.
Support the people and organisations that support you
A business that is properly structured with a good management team can deliver a very wide variety of activities to support their communities, which in turn support them.
Most people like to help others, but often there needs to be a catalyst to get things moving and to maintain momentum.
As a business owner, you can find many ways to help the businesses to grow into valuable and sustainable community assets, simply based on your knowledge and experience.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”. Anne Frank
Other ways a business can support its community include:
- Re-creating the spirit of the bush entrepreneurs, put life into the local economy.
- Setting examples and being role models in good relationship building.
- Developing good work ethics in the unemployed and disadvantaged.
- Applying economic gardening principles.
- Hold an entrepreneurship roundtable in your community.
- Helping people to become job ready and finding jobs for them.
- Mentoring of youth to find direction and passion for life.
- Helping to create self-employment and other opportunities.
- Playing a role in managing community waste.
- Serve on committees.
- Create an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Identify problems, frustrations wants and needs.
- Encourage staff to become more involved with their community.
- Add value to what already exists by being a catalyst for additional action.
- Providing an additional respite care service in the community.
- Providing an economical handyman service for older or disabled people.
- Providing additional manpower for various community activities and projects.
- Creating another avenue of learning about health and well-being.
- Assisting people to learn more about their community and life skills in general.
- Changing attitudes towards mental health and ageing.
- Improving the morale of many women in the bush.
- Organising programs such as ‘Economic Gardening’.
- Passing on skills and craftsmanship.
- Providing support for people when they go through transitions.
- Providing farmers with a transition to a more enjoyable retirement.
- Economic Development activity can emanate from the community business.
- Businesses can encourage and support local initiatives that might otherwise fail.
- Businesses can generate tourism and make tourism products for the community.
- Businesses can do many odd jobs to support community businesses.
- Businesses can help to contribute to the lives of others e.g. by making products for the disabled and elderly.
“Everyone’s success depends on the support of many others and the best support is delivered in an inclusive and relaxed environment”. Peter Sergeant
You may want to support the businesses and non-profits in your community more as a facilitator or coach in order to maximise short and long-term outcomes. You can help to improve other’s performance by:
- Become a longer-term sounding board by being a good listener.
- Facilitating particular ideas, opportunities and processes.
- Assisting them in delegating and outsourcing tasks
- Providing assistance with implementation of plans.
- Supporting long-term development needs.
- Providing feedback.
- Running programs such as ‘Economic Gardening’.
- Providing development opportunities and training.
- Advising on standards and best practice.
- Identifying required outcomes and coaching on how to achieve them.
- Showing others how to build relationships in the community.
- Helping to identify and seek solutions for any problems they may have.
- Providing psychological support.
What to do when everyone is talking and nobody is listening.
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I like to promote best practice in community participation in regional, rural and remote communities through a ‘grassroots’ approach to community development and regeneration.
Providing support, advice, information and knowledge to new and existing businesses, community groups, and non-profit organisations is a worthwhile and rewarding activity for anyone.