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Partnering with Business: Trick or Treat

October 31, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT

Partnering with Business: Trick or Treat
Part of our FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

Nonprofit organizations can reap benefits from partnering with businesses for sponsorships,  program co-development, employee volunteerism and more. But, what can your nonprofit offer? Our presenters will discuss the recommended practice for approaching businesses and managing such relationships, as well as offer examples of challenges and successes from both the business and nonprofit perspectives.

Participants can expect to learn the following:

  • How to effectively partner with businesses and develop meaningful relationships, and how to keep those lasting relationships through fostering and stewardship
  • Who should manage the partnership
  • What businesses expect from these partnerships
  • When not to engage in a relationship

Guest Speakers: Cynthia Kay, Nate Phillips, and Alexis Reame

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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*** Deadline to register is October 31, 8:00 a.m.. ***

Photo: Cynthia KayCynthia Kay founded Cynthia Kay and Company media production which produces high-quality communications for organizations from the Fortune Global 100 to small business. A graduate of Michigan State University, Kay holds a Masters in Communications from Western Michigan University. She is the Past Board Chair of the Small Business Association of Michigan and is the 2018 Board Chair of the National Small Business Association (NSBA). Cynthia and the company have been honored with many awards. She has been named One of West Michigan’s 50 Most Influential Women 5 times. Cynthia has authored several books including Small Business for Big Thinkers: Unconventional Strategies to Connect With and Win Big Business. She has written for the Washington Post, has been featured in Time Magazine, Entrepreneur’s “Ask the Expert” and on NPR. Cynthia also testified on behalf of NSBA before the House Committee on Small Business Hearing.

Photo: Nate PhillipsNate Phillips is a transplant to Grand Rapids, coming from the South Bend, Indiana area. He has a B.A. in Communications from Bethel College. His professional career began at Lake Michigan Credit Union, and he held several roles while employed there for eight years. In 2017, he transitioned to the nonprofit world when he joined the staff at Habitat for Humanity Kent County, where he is currently Manager of Corporate Relations.

Photo: Alexis ReameAlexis Reame serves as Community Relations Manager at Lake Michigan Credit Union where she is responsible for community engagement programs, giving campaigns and corporate philanthropy. Alexis’ previous experience includes working as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Grand Valley State University and the Program & Events Manager at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, GR8 Girls, a program of the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. In addition to serving in these roles, Alexis serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Hospitality and Tourism Management department at GVSU. She received her Master’s in Communication and her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, both from Grand Valley State University. Go LAKERS!


October 31, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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