The June Meeting was heavily attended (21 people). Thank you to all who came out to Meetup! We will improve the seating arrangements and think about changing the format when we have more then 12 people.
Maybe we have a quick one minute each and then allow everyone to make choose who to group with (common interests) but still conclude with everyone getting to know something about everyone else.
Every meeting has resulted in people finding collaborators and supporters. The range of interest is all over the map, so we really need to be sure people naturally group in ways that will be the most beneficial to them.
We have 196 members and growing. Twenty-one percent of our members have shown up at the last five Meetups and this is our pipeline.
Supporting Freelancer 31.7%
Business Idea 12.2%
Prototype Business 4.9%
Existing Social Enterprise 31.7%
To support anyone with the goal to create, grow or work for a social enterprise (for profit or nonprofit).
To greatly improve the success rate of our members through asking members to:
-Set realistic goals and start employing the business planning tools offered by Hatch to test and validate your ideas and business plans with the help of local experts.
-Network with other members
-Engage with project teams at Hatch
-Pitch your business or idea at Hatch Soup and other events
-Attend workshops at Hatch
-Attract funding for your project or business through ChangeFunder
We will continue to use this Meetup for all attendees to learn more about each other and to cross promote each others activities. Several people have already found others with the same interests. The collective power of the group is so incredible, I can't tell you how many great contacts I have made.
We don't do workshops or speeches as both Hatch and the PDX area have many of these everyday. We have everyone share what they doing or hoping to do and what they need and hope to get from meeting up.
The exciting news of late is that we now have a business planning and implementation tool that ties in with over twenty experts that will provide free services to ensure your plan is well through out before you spend a lot of money and time launching a business that is not sustainable.
We ask the following questions, so think about how you will answer them:
1. Where are you in the pipeline?
a. I am interested in the topic and want to get involved.
b. I want to network and build a career in a Social Enterprise.
c. I want to support a currently developing Social Enterprise.
d. I have an idea for a project or organization that I need support for.
e. I have a working prototype of a new Social Enterprise that I need to launch.
f. I am actively working for or running a Social Enterprise and I need support to help us grow.
2. What resources, knowledge, skills, talents, or contacts can you bring to our members? This can be either pro bono (for the public good without financial compensation) or paid for in dollars or in the bartering of goods or services as you see fit.
Everyone has something to offer such as: I can write an article, do some posting and tweeting, make some calls, go meet somebody, visit another group and let them know about our Meetup, do some research, build a web page, hand out some cards, help with the Meetup and on and on.
3. Do you have a goal or objective, project, or organization that this Meetup group can help you with?
Try to ask for something realistic, measurable, with some timeline. For example, I need a storyboard, script, and video for my organization in two weeks, I can pay $100.00 for a day of work, can anyone help me with this or I have no money but I can help you with XYZ in return?
Examples: I need someone to research XYZ and to prepare a summary of the competitors in this area by next month, can someone do some research for me for $50.00 or for???? I need a Drupal developer to do XYZ by this date and I can pay $50 an hour. You may or may not have something to ask for, but if you do, this is how to do it if you want someone to step up.
4. List any ideas about the way this Meetup group or Hatch can be of service toward meeting your goals and objectives.
5. List some resources or contacts that you have found that you can share with the group. I will add them to a shared resource list.
6. Connect with everyone on LinkedIn and Twitter.
7. Ask a friend who would like our Meetup group to join. Send them the link: www.meetup.com/socialentrepreneurs-pdx
We would like everyone who comes to have a positive outcome. Maybe just a new contact they can work with or an action item to go home and work on.
Unlike all the other Meetups I have attended so far, each member will have time to tell us about themselves, their interests and needs verses listening to a long speech or sitting in a big group hoping to sit next to someone who has some interest in what you are doing or need.
The limit is now 25 people per meeting so we can actually get to know each other, so reserve your spot and if something changes please remove your reservation so others can take your slot.
We are considering having two Meetups a month. The second one being for folks who have businesses or strong ideas for a venture to dig deeper into the planning and implementation process.
If this Meetup sounds inspiring (it is), please don't hesitate to come to the meeting. We are all easy to get along with and we all look forward to meeting you!