2020 Year End and Looking Forward to 2021
Happy New Year to all members and stakeholders of the NC Veterans Business Association!! We are wishing you and yours the best that the season can bring and we are thankful for everyone’s contributions to our adjustment to these challenging times.
2020 was an interesting year for NC VetBiz, our state, and our country. The NC VetBiz Board of Directors had been in the middle of strategic planning when it had to pivot to deal with the pandemic and what it meant to deliver for our members and other stakeholder partners. In that regard, we re-evaluated our strategy and approach to execute our plan. We decided that we would focus on two key areas: best practices in nonprofit management and delivering a unique value proposition for our members.
To these ends, for the purpose of ensuring the association’s strength and future, we have taken actions to implement best practices from the NC Center for Nonprofits, which helps to mature our management practices. We are also in the process of upgrading our technology platforms. At the same time, we are implementing solutions to improve our member value proposition. We are putting solutions in place to increase member connection and engagement. Some specific examples include: implementing a Slack channel for increased member engagement, communication and networking; launching a Wilmington Chapter Chaired by Chayse Roth; continuing to grow the chapter structure and helping each member grow their business. We have continued our visible presence by hosting a Veterans Day webcast to include the Brian Hamilton Foundation Chairman as the keynote speaker and attending the North Carolina Women Veterans Summit and Expo.
Call to Action:
Looking ahead to 2021, we will continue to build out capabilities. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 2021 and we are recruiting for the next slate of board members. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on the board. You may contact our membership chair on Membership@ncvetbiz.org to express your interest or gather more information.
If you have an idea to grow the organization or to increase member value, please share your ideas with our membership chair on Membership@ncvetbiz.org.
We can add you to the Slack channel to direct networking with NC VetBiz members. Please connect with us on https://join.slack.com/t/ncvetbiz/shared_invite/zt-kfy3suxh-Ze4lvS3XJPbt12rE0GfvZg
Also, we could take the Wilmington Chapter idea across the state. Please let us know if you would like to start a local chapter in your location - Western NC, Charlotte area, Statesville area, etc.
Thank you for your service and for helping create an association that benefits all members.
NC Veterans Business Association