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Name: Business Community Engagement Collaborative: Leading Locally - Research on Small Businesses and Social Change
Date: January 31, 2024
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
Business Community Engagement Collaborative: Leading Locally - Research on Small Businesses and Social Change 

Companies of any size, their employees and their stakeholders can drive transformative social change when they work at the intersection of community needs, employee interests, and company resources and priorities. This session will provide an overview of trends on small businesses and community engagement.
Participants will:
  • Learn about national and local small business research trends focusing on community engagement
  • Connect with community-minded professionals for relationship building and best practice sharing on community engagement
The Business Community Engagement Collaborative is a network designed to support individuals who are interested in spearheading a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program within their business, those who are new to community engagement practitioner roles, and business leaders who want to strategically engage their employees – and leverage their resources – in the community. We’ll convene quarterly for learning opportunities that will help us collectively build a stronger and more vibrant Richmond region.

Andy Bates

Andy Bates is a Principal with S.I.R., a strategic consultancy based in Richmond, Va. Andy leads a variety of strategic research, planning, and communications engagements and has worked with Serve Virginia for several years identifying opportunities to strengthen the service, volunteerism, and civic engagement sector throughout the Commonwealth. Andy began his career as a small-town newspaper journalist and is passionate about supporting local food movements.
Diana McMahon

Diana McMahon serves as the Vice President of InUnison, formerly Retail Merchants. She manages various strategic elements, including their marketing and membership initiatives.  InUnison is a collaborative of local, independent businesses united for a more distinctive and prosperous future — for our community and the businesses that serve it. They promote the success of local businesses in our community by amplifying their voices, providing access to educational and inspirational tools, enhancing connectivity and promoting local advocacy. 
Megan Singer

Megan is the director of strategy at Points of Light where she supports the CEO and senior leadership in refining enterprise strategy and managing other special initiatives, acting as a connector across projects, people, and departments to improve decision-making and ensure that strategic, operational, and financial targets are delivered on behalf of the enterprise. Additionally, Megan leads Points of Light’s research agenda and portfolio.
Before joining Points of Light in 2019, Megan worked at a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Memphis, TN where she was responsible for the development and growth of the human resources department for three years.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Rhodes College where she was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, given to those who have made exceptional contributions to the campus community. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her 9-year-old corgi, Opie.
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Contact Information:
Christina Mastroianni - (804) 783-9315
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