JDA Tip #7 Look for ways for your business to contribute to the community.

 

This article is part 7 of a 20 part series of business tips from James, Davis and Associates. These tips are designed to help you do better in business. If you would rather read all the tips at one time, you may click here to purchase a beautiful full-color e-book that containing all twenty tips.

 

A corporation is treated like a person in many settings. This means that corporations should find ways to contribute to their communities just as other people do.  Take time today to look at the neighborhood where your business is located. Are there school, community centers, or playgrounds in the area? If yes, when was the last time your business reached out to help make like better for the community? If your business is located in a rural area or an office complex when was the last time your business reached out to the neighborhoods where your employees live to contribute something good?

 

There are stories in the news almost all the time about Pastors at mega churches who have fancy personal jets and congregations living in poverty. The stories are not flattering. If your business is making a profit, even if it is a small profit, be proactive. Look for ways your business can help make the community better.  There are thousands of ways your business can help a local school. Check out the following for some ideas:

 

  • Buy wrapping paper or greeting cards when the local elementary school sells them each year and contribute them to a local charity
  • Give presentations at a local high school for career day
  • Offer internships to high school students
  • Help schools purchase computers or playground equipment

 

If your business needs some ideas on how your business can help the community at large, check out the following ideas:

 

  • Set up a program to serve as a mentor for new and upcoming businesses in the community.
  • Help create a fund to help families in need pay for food or utility bills.
  • Contribute to a local food bank.
  • Sponsor treats at an annual community festival.

 

There are a myriad of things your business can do to make your community a better place.  There is no one magic answer. Put on your creative hat and think of something. Get your employees together to come up with a plan. You can even copy ideas that work for other businesses in your area. The important thing is that you must find a way for your business to contribute to the community in which the business and community live.

 

 

The following is the complete list of 20 Business Tips from James, Davis and Associates. Click here to be directed to a page where you will be able to purchase a full-color e-book containing the entire  20 tips. 

  1. Create a plan to keep your business going if you get sick.
  2. Pay attention to where the money comes from for your business.
  3. Read, review, and revise your business plan on a regular basis.
  4. ABL –  Always Be Learning better ways to run your business.
  5. Update your technology as needed to remain productive.
  6. Update employee manuals to include job descriptions.
  7. Look for ways for your business to contribute to the community.
  8. Participate in career days at local middle and high schools.
  9. Communicate with fellow entrepreneurs on a regular basis.
  10. Never forget your business is a role model for other entrepreneurs.
  11. Make sure your business looks inviting and not chaotic.
  12. Clients will look for you on social media so put your best foot forward there.
  13. Do not dismiss customer complaints without objectively seeing if they are valid.
  14. Look for ways to improve customer service.
  15. Pay employees a fair wage and expect good quality work.
  16. Make sure you know every job needed in your business.
  17. Look for ways to give your employees rewards for increased productivity.
  18. Make sure the posts on your social media channels help your business.
  19. Obey all the relevant local, state, and federal laws.
  20. In business be old fashioned, let your word be your bond.