Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs and telling them what they need to know is more important than ever, as the growth in entrepreneurship is at an all time high in light of current events. As a result, more people are seeking guidance from the SBDC’s (Small Business Development Centers) all over the country. In addition, there is a surge in growth of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, with the fastest growing group of small businesses being women, and women of color in particular. To meet this trend, SBDC consultants will require additional insights to increase their effectiveness. The presentation highlighted in the video speaks to what the next generation of entrepreneurs is seeking and how the SBDC can respond to meet the need.
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In this presentation I highlight key concepts and questions for consideration for SBDC consultants. For example, asking oneself how do you make someone feel when you meet with them for consulting? What vocabulary do you use – is it condescending or encouraging? This requires having challenging and courageous conversations that may not be comfortable, but are essential. What makes the difference is our intention – and the only intention should be to be of service.
It was a true delight to present at the American Small Business Development Center’s (ASBDC) National Conference in 2020. My presentation was pre-recorded via Zoom and shared on the ASBDC virtual conference platform for on-demand viewing.
My intention in this presentation was to share ideas and to encourage engagement that sparks conversations with the almost 4,000 attendees at the ASBDC Conference.
The audience engagement came in the form of emails and social media messages that I received from people who watched my presentation and reached out to connect with me directly.
Some of the feedback included:
The conversation continues LIVE in a Zoom Q&A on October 14th, 2020 at 2PM ET visit ASBDC.
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