Have you ever felt like you just have too much stuff on your plate – and some of it is the stuff you really don’t like to do? For me, it’s the detail type work. Or planning an event when I’m already on overdrive.
Well, today, I began a year-long volunteer commitment to the ATHENA PowerLinkÂ® program in Ann Arbor.
With this program, a fast-tracking small business is identified by the sponsoring body. An advisory panel team is pulled together to mentor the owner for a year. Our panel has a banker, an HR person, a CPA and several successful business owners. I bring the marketing expertise to the table.
Our featured business is The Betty Brigrade which is owned by Sharon McRill. Sharon’s company offers a personal concierge-type service that does everything from walk the dog to plan weddings! (Sharon must have tapped into my dreams!)
Today was our kick-off meeting. Sharon presented information about her business and we asked questions.
I was fascinated with the variety of questions asked by panel members – often reflecting a person’s background. We bounced all over the board – from cash flow to marketing issues.
Made me think about chapters… It is quite common for chapter members to be similar in backgrounds or passions or interests.
Does anyone have an advisory panel of community members or people of different professions? I wonder what opportunities those outside your normal chapter membership might see for you?