It is Thanksgiving Week here in the States, and I would like to take a moment to write about some of the things I am thankful for related to our first year of doing business! Normally, our blog posts consist of helpful information (especially for nonprofit organizations) as they relate to technology, security, websites, and social media. Instead, in this post, I will write briefly about some of the good things that Develop CENTS has experienced within the last year, and I will write about our most important assets to achieving our mission: Many of our awesome nonprofit clients!
So without further adieu, in no particular order, here’s some of what we are thankful for:
- I’m thankful for the countless people who have given me valuable business and legal advice, ranging from help in initial business planning, to lawyers who donated their time to provide initial advice, to the countless entrepreneurs and business professionals who have had coffee with me.
- I’m thankful for our initial website and logo, that was designed by a highly talented creative & marketing director.
- I’m thankful for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.
- I’m thankful for organizations in Chattanooga who support entrepreneurs, including LAUNCH Chattanooga, Lamp Post Group, and the Company Lab.
- I’m thankful for nonprofit organizations doing great work in community development and community improvement – the type of organizations we most want to help!
- And finally, I’m thankful for some of our clients, including:
- Northside Neighborhood House (NNH) is a nonprofit local to Chattanooga that “provides the community with the ability to give individuals and families ‘a hand-up, not a hand-out.'” They only help residents who live north of the Tennessee River, but they provide emergency financial assistance, a GED program, and an after-school tutoring program. They also have a computer lab where they give computer literacy classes to adults, and participate in the Lexicon reading program for the kids in their after-school program!
- LAUNCH Chattanooga is also a nonprofit local to Chattanooga. They “empower entrepreneurs from underserved communities with business training, support and mentoring to better their lives and attain self-sufficiency”. While their office is small and they don’t have very many staff, they do very good work.
- TechMission is a larger nonprofit that is based out of Boston. Their core values are Jesus, (Social) Justice, and Technology, and their strategy is “to connect People (through City Vision Internships), Training (through City Vision College) and Resources (through TechMission Online).” Two of their online hallmarks include ChristianVolunteering.org, which is a website with the goal of “increasing the number and quality of volunteers serving in Christian social services”, and UrbanMinistry.org, which “provides over 150,000 sermons and other resources for Christians serving the poor.”
- Finally, All Girls Allowed, is also a larger nonprofit based out of Boston. All Girls Allowed seeks to restore the God-given life, value and dignity to women by seeking transformation both of hearts and of societies. They advocate against China’s One-Child Policy: “In so doing, we pray that God would end the One-Child Policy, uproot gendercide in hearts and in societies, and bring complete restoration to his people.”
It is good and right to take a break and think about what we are thankful for. This holiday season, there is much to be thankful for, and these are just a few of the reasons, related to Develop CENTS, for why I’m thankful.