I’ve spent the better part of the last four decades running small businesses and working with nonprofits, both locally and nationally. In January of 2017 my wife and business partner, Dee, and I sold our bookstores and gift stores and I’ve launched a small business and nonprofits consulting practice — Chuck Robinson Associates (www.chuckrobinsonassociates.com). If […]
OK, I know some of you are already offended. “How could you possibly equate training humans with training a dog?” you ask. Hear me out. Dee and I are about to get a puppy. We’ve been without a canine companion in our lives for nearly nine years and we’ve been reading up on puppy training. […]
Your clients’ or customers’ viewpoint is key. Over the past six weeks Dee and I have stayed in more than twenty campgrounds as I completed a cross-country bike trip from North Dakota to Bar Harbor, Maine, raising funds for three foundations. It was amazing to us the range we saw in terms of quality and […]
Nearly five years ago I was privileged to be a part of this video about Bellingham that my friend Jerry Millhon of Thriving Communities Initiative produced. Nearly half a decade has passed and some of the people in the video have moved on to other pursuits, including me who sold our business to three employees […]
OK, I stole the title, but really it’s not about the bike, or the rider, or the ride. It’s about what one person can do to help his or her community, or more accurately, communities. So, here’s the story. Two years ago, trying not to feel my age, I decided to ride my bicycle to […]
Three reasons a business owner should serve on a nonprofit board. If you’re a person running a small business you’ve likely been asked to serve on some committee or board in your community. It’s also likely that you’ve asked yourself “why would I do that, don’t I have enough to do and enough problems of […]
Nonprofits are, in a number of ways, different from businesses. However, there are five significant ways in which successful nonprofits and successful businesses are alike.