Sunday, April 08, 2007

NBCB Opens To National Business Giving Examples

Happy Easter!

Inspired by the holiday and its meanings, we've decided to take the Nevada Business Community Blog national with a new name, better archiving, and more opportunities for businesses to share their nonprofit related news and best practices.

Since starting NBCB blog in July 2005, we've shared more than 204 best giving practices occurring in or related to Nevada. We will continue to do so, but will also welcome submissions from small, medium, and large companies across the nation. It makes sense because, very often, some of the most inspiring stories and charitable ideas from businesses (that could be implemented in Nevada or elsewhere) do not always come from inside our state.

For example, just recently, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) launched the development of a nationally recognized certification program for telecommunicator mutual aid response in the aftermath of disasters. It also provides information as to operational deployment of Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) programs and takes a leadership role in assisting governmental agencies in the development of TERT style programs at the local, state, and regional levels. You can learn more at TERT. It's important work that we would not have covered just a few days ago.

So, beginning today: If you own a company or work for a corporation that is operating in he United States and is engaged in non-profit activities anywhere in the nation, please make sure you add this blog to your public relations distribution list. Our goal is to publish great case studies, best practices, and news releases that will inspire other companies to give more. We post one per day, every Monday through Friday.

As a trial for April, we have also activated comments again for people registered with Blogger. As long as the comments remain positive in the spirit of this blog's purpose and the comments are not overcome by spam, we hope they will encourage professionals to engage in conversation and perhaps draw attention to other business giving practices similar to those we identify. As I said, there are a lot of great ideas out there and we hope some of those we post spark other businesses to give back to their communities too.

If you would like to help support the efforts of this blog beyond submissions, please consider shopping at the online store. Although we will not officially launched the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada (VCSN) product line until May 1, the preliminarily apparel is available for purchase. Proceeds directly benefit VCSN and its programs. We also have plans to launch additional product lines for other non-profit organizations in the months ahead. Take care, and again, Happy Easter!

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