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@jeffmcnickle active 7 months, 4 weeks ago
  • Youth Leadership of the Iron Range………

    Youth Leadership of the Iron Range is here to bring our public and private schools, colleges and businesses together to teach our youth about entrepreneurship, finances, business leadership and career exploration.
    We are here to strengthen our communities, build up leaders and help keep our local economy growing.
    This program is an opportunity for students to learn about entrepreneurship and help them see how local businesses provide value in their community.  It also exposes students to entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
    The lessons will be taught to youth in grades 3-12 in our local public and private schools. All programs will be offered Free of Charge to all schools.
     As you may or may not be aware, 70% of local businesses are run by the boomer generation and by providing a connection to our youth and showing them the value that local businesses provide we may be able to prevent the “brain drain” that many of our communities are experiencing. 

    The areas include: entrepreneurship mindset, the business model canvas, financial record keeping, presentation skills, marketing, branding, sales and career exploration.

    Have a second meeting tomorrow with a potential big partner which will provide office space and classroom space.

    Have 1 school interested in signing up for the program and information out to 2 other schools. Have 3 more schools to send information out to to get the program started then will expand to new schools after that.

    Things are looking good for the launch of this new non-profit education based organization.

    If you are interested in learning more about how you could
    help with this organization and program message me here, email me at youthleadershipironrange@gmail.com or call or text 507-350-8944

  • Aspiring Entrepreneur working to start my own 501c3 non-profit educational based program in Northern MN.

  • eader vs boss vs learning tools.
    If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past few days that can hopefully help me become a better leader in the next adventure it’s this…..

    *Being a leader means guiding your team and walking side by side with them.
    *Falling first, getting back up then helping them do they don’t fall like you did.
    *remembering that belittling, bullying, borderline verbally abusing your staff only gets them down and can make themwant to quite and loose clients.
    *being proactive to lead and learn with our team at the same time.
    *encourage and show true genuine appreciation to the staff for the great work they are doing.
    *be proactive to mentor and help our team members grow in their position.
    *be thankful for what we have and how we can grow in our mission and business needs.
    *listen seriously to staff and clients on their ideas so grow the business or fix a problem area and take actions on those ideas and let them help in the process and give them credit for the ideas and work on it.

    Know this might be a lot to ask for but it’s worth a shot to dream, hope it will be this way someday.

  • Goals for the next few days or coming weeks
    1. Continue to write the business plan draft paper
    2. start to write the mission and goals for the organization
    3. Start to write the board of directors roles
    4. Start to write the Volunteer handbook and orientation book
    5. Continue to look for capital funding options
    6. Look for a fiscal agent to help start out until 501c3 paperwork can be filed.
    7. look for building space on the Iron Range to run the programs out of
    8. Begin looking for board members and volunteer staff to help with the start up of the program.

  • What’s the best program out there to use to start a Webpage and register a domain name for it?

    Looking for some advice and a working Business plan for a 501c3 I am looking to start here. Anyone able to help with this? Working to finish this and a base budget plan to be able to get it out to investors and capital campaign places to raise the funds to start the program.

    Looking for suggestions on ways different ways to raise capital to start the 501c3 here in Northern MN also. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

          • Godaddy is pretty cheap and their page builder is OK. It’s not something I would use today, but it’s how I got going. You can also register a domain and then buy a good WordPress theme for about $120.00 too if you only want to do it once and want to learn how to do things more on your own. @urtfc & @aaronking may be able to give you pointers on the 501c3. What are you trying to start a nonprofit for?
              • Thanks for the information. Trying to start a non-profit Youth Leadership program where we will partner with a company called Eseedlings and teach their entrepreneurship classes for free in the area schools then offer I day experiential learning lab offsite for the classes to come to and do more in-depth hands on learning in finances, business leadership, business ownership.
                Trying to work yo help youth with career exploration, finances, leadership and keep our local economy strong and growing. The iron Range portion of MN is made up of smaller 1,000 to 16,000 population towns.
            • Jeff McNickle posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

              Thanks for the information. Trying to start a non-profit Youth Leadership program where we will partner with a company called Eseedlings and teach their entrepreneurship classes for free in the area schools then offer I day experiential learning lab offsite for the classes to come to and do more in-depth hands on learning in finances, business leadership, business ownership.
              Trying to work yo help youth with career exploration, finances, leadership and keep our local economy strong and growing. The iron Range portion of MN is made up of smaller 1,000 to 16,000 population towns.
              • Next Steps in the Process or items I have to locate here!!
                1. Business Plan Outline template
                2. Business Mission and Goals Statement template
                3. Business Budget template
                4. Articles of incorporation template
                5. Tax ID and 501c3 paperwork
                6. Board of Director Roles Template
                7. Funding Source idea’s
                8. Request for Funding letter templates

                Not to bad of a list but all are big items to locate and write up.
                The beginning may be a tough road, but the end product will be awesome for our youth, communities and businesses if all works out.

                If you are interested in learning more, please ask and I will gladly email you or call with you with more details on the plans here. I am and will be looking for board members, volunteers, guidance, business mentors, financial backing and more.

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