As a business leader it is your social responsibility to set a good example. One way to do that is by becoming involved in your community.
Why You Should Be Involved
Being involved in your community is good for everyone. The more involved you are, the more you are demonstrating to your community what a leader you are, and how much your business cares. By building relationships outside of customer sales and retention, you are connecting with other business opinion leaders in ways that form bonds of trust and respect. Not only does being an active community member feel good, it increases the morale of your business and of the community. A community with a high morale is a better community where your business can thrive and grow.
How Your Business Can Get Involved
A socially responsible business can get involved in their community in many ways. One way is to find a cause that aligns with your companies’ mission or business purpose. You can donate your time, money, goods or services to the cause, or organize an event to benefit them. Teaching a class in the community is also a great way to give back and get involved. For example, at Fisher we teach a Business Essentials class, as well as other classes on popular business topics for local business owners. As a strong business leader, you have valuable expertise that community members can benefit from. A great place to start your community involvement is with your local Chamber of Commerce.
The Benefits of Having an Involved Business
The benefits of getting your business involved in the community are numerous! Your business will get positive publicity and recognition by doing good deeds around town. You will meet other leaders, potential clients, and have the opportunity to network in a more relaxed environment. The exposure your business will receive will be very low cost with very high credibility! That yields better value exposures, for sure. Furthermore, most companies say that giving back makes their company more successful in the long run.