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Shaker Heights Business Engagement 2023 VISTA
SHDC’s sub-site VISTA project is focused on developing and implementing the Small Business Growth and Sustainability Workshop Series for small businesses located in the Chagrin+Lee district, the only LMI Census tract (1836.03-1) in Shaker Heights to provide them with equitable access to opportunities to grow and create jobs in our community. The Small Business Growth and Sustainability Workshop Series will consist of workshops and one-on-one trainings and cover a range of topics, including but not limited to Funding/Grants; Financial Planning; and Collaborations etc. The VISTA will be responsible for researching and connecting with potential partner organizations and target audience to implement the programs. The target audience will be existing businesses looking to grow as well as entrepreneurs in the early stages of forming a business with an emphasis on minority and women-owned businesses. The Small Business Growth and Sustainability Workshop Series program will aim to help individuals especially woman and minority-owned businesses enhance skill sets for increased employment opportunities for Shaker residents in the LMI Census tract. The sub-site VISTA project will also focus on a co-work and resource facility, The Dealership located in the LMI Census tract (1836.03-1) in Shaker Heights. The VISTA will develop and implement a speaker series for small businesses. The outreach work will further establish The Dealership as a community asset that can be leveraged by community members and local businesses to build assets. The VISTA will also convene the Chagrin+Lee business association. This work will strengthen the capacity of businesses to recover from the impacts of the pandemic, increase revenue, and create jobs. This work supports the goal of thriving local business districts that contribute to an equitable and vibrant future for our community.
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Member Duties : Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC) is seeking a self-motivated, resourceful, and personable AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our team. The AmeriCorps VISTA Neighborhood Coordinator will work with business owners, property owners, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders in the emerging Chagrin+Lee commercial corridor in Shaker Heights to support the small business community. The VISTA will support SHDC’s ability to assist Shaker small businesses community through (1) developing and implementing technical assistance programs; (2) convening Chagrin+Lee business association; (3) providing entrepreneurs with site selection information about The Dealership and Chagrin+Lee corridor in order to support business expansion, increase employment opportunities and attract new companies to the corridor (4) developing and implementing The Dealership Speaker Series; (5) creating social media strategies focusing on the events and programs organized by SHDC to increase visibility.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  marketing/econ development ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization . 
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Shaker Heights Business Engagement 2023 VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/14/2023  -   08/13/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO   Cleveland/ Akron  

Accepting Applications
From  03/01/2023  To  08/14/2023 

Contact Tuba Baloglu
3558 Lee Rd
Shaker Heights   OH   44120

Listing ID 86504