posted July 2, 2018
A few days ago, I began my term as the President of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO), the longest-standing statewide women business owners’ organization in New Jersey. You might be thinking, wow, that’s a huge position to take on. Why would someone take on something as big as the leader of a statewide organization, when you have your own business to run?
It’s hugely rewarding – Taking the opportunity to make a difference outranks all the other benefits of taking on a voluntary leadership role. It is hugely rewarding to give back to a community that you really believe in and where you can see the results of your contribution.
Cultivate new relationships – Not only will you meet people you may not know, you will get to know them on a much deeper level. You’ll share mutual interests and show how you are a giver, someone they may be interested in doing business with. And, they’ll be friends for life.
Learn new skills – As a small business owner, I’m always mindful of the bottom line. Volunteering especially on a board, can be a great way to acquire new skills and have the freedom to learn and experiment.
Get your employees on board – Business leaders who get involved in volunteer causes demonstrates the principles that your company stands for. This is important for morale and it builds a collaborative and inspired team.
Credibility with customers and prospects – Taking on a leadership role on a board goes a long way in exhibiting your reliability, integrity and authority. It distinguishes you from your competition.
Exposure for your business - Done right, volunteering can be a great way to stretch a limited marketing budget, gain powerful brand awareness, and generate new leads.
For me, first and foremost, stepping up in a volunteer leadership role makes me feel good. I love NJAWBO and working with women business owners. In my new role as President, I’ll be working for an organization that I am dedicated to and that I want to succeed. What could be better than that?
Links to Holly's previous blogs:
April 25, 2018 - Taking Control of Your Company's Reputation
March 14, 2018 - Why Exactly Would Anyone Want to do Business With You?
February 26, 2018 - Oh No! I've Lost an Employee. Now What?
January 25, 2018 - How to Generate Effective Graphic Design
November 16, 2017 - Avoid Delays and Additional Costs - What to Look For in Your Proof
September 13, 2017 - Before You Press the Print Button, Read This
June 1, 2017 - Let Me Introduce You to Our "Big Boy"
March 24, 2017 - Challenges All Businesses Face and How to Overcome Them
February 1, 2017 - Leverage Technology to Grow Your Business
December 9, 2016 - "I Realized I Had to Make a Change"
September 23, 2016 - Yes, You Can Print That Email
August 1, 2016 - Top Do's and Don't's of Moving Your Business
May 25, 2016 - The Power of Giving Back
March 23, 2016 - What to Look For When Selecting a Printer
January, 25, 2016 - Marketing Made Easier with 5 "Fun"damentals of Marketing
December 2, 2015 - 10 Ways to Plan for 2016
September 30, 2015 - 9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Tradeshow Attendance
July 17, 2015 - How To Take Time Off From Your Business
May 15, 2015 - 10 Cost Saving Tips For Your Printing Jobs
May 8, 2015 - How Promotional Products Help Your Business
September 22, 2014 - How to Get More Out of Your Marketing Investment