Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick Question: Anyone know a bookkeeper skilled in Quickbooks?

Hey SMARTies,

We've received a request from one of your peer grantees about a recommendation for a bookkeeper who is skilled in Quickbooks. Do you work with anyone who you would recommend? Please let us know. You can comment on the blog or email Katie at kkurcz@artsbiz-chicago.org.

Thank you!

FREE Webinars: 11/27 Google Analytics and 11/28 Data Driven Decision Making

We hope everyone had a great holiday! We want to remind everyone of today's webinar, 11/27: Google Analytics for the Enthusiastic Beginner. The webinar is FREE. In this session you'll receive a FREE web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. Click here for more information and to register. 

Also,  tomorrow's workshop 11/28: Data Driven Decision Making for Nonprofits. This webinar is also FREE. In this session you'll learn the 12 stages of a driven process and show a full illustration of a project. Participant will also learn how to put together a simple one-page project planning brief. Click here for more information and to register. 

Stay connected with the blog as we'll post more information regarding webinars and workshops that are relevant to your goals. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Webinar: 11/28 Data Driven Decision Making

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:00pm

Have you been asked to conduct a survey for your organization at some point? If so, a survey is only one piece of a data-driven strategic process, which really begins with articulation of the core issues and ends with an assessment of how the strategy worked.

What you'll learn:
  • Learn the 12 stages of a data-driven decision-making process.
  • Understand the basics of when to choose different methodologies such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, and more.
  • Practice developing a one-page project planning brief.
Presenter: Rena Cheskis-Gold, demographer and founding principal researcher at Demographic Perspectives, LLC, a consulting firm that provides mission-driven demographic, survey, policy and market research services for non-profits.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

DanceWorks Chicago's New Avenues/Nuevas Aventuras

New Avenues/Nuevas Aventuras, DanceWorks Chicago's three-week cultural exchange project generously sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund, is heading for a finale this weekend after another action-packed week.

Last Sunday, DWC welcomed 124 dancers from across Mexico to our first-ever international audition, hosted by our partner, Escuela Nacional de Danza Clasica y Contemporanea. EXCITING! The focus of Week #3, however, is our collaboration with the Carlos Chavez Youth Orchestra on Magical Movements, a one-hour orchestral program developed in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to be performed at two different venues this weekend. Speaking of magical movements, we are getting the full experience here in Mexico with earthquake #2 earlier this week. Always moving!?

We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with artists and audiences across borders. Cultural exchange makes us all more knowledgeable citizens of the world, better able to contribute to a richer environment.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11/14: Nonprofit Resource Fair

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Holiday-Inn - Mart Plaza (Sun Times Building, 15th Floor)

Join Young Professionals of Chicago and over 30 Chicago-area vendors, all of which are willing to work with non-profit organizations (e.g. budget, structure, etc).Do not miss this opportunity to network with other professionals and vendors interested in working with nonprofit organizations. Vendors will include printing service providers, apparel providers, caterers, event/fundraiser planners, graphic designers, accountants, consultants and more!

The event is FREE for non-profit professionals! All attendees will receive one drink (wine or beer) and appetizers.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hola from Mexico City!

Just completed Week #2 of our cultural exchange project: New Avenues/Nuevas Aventuras. Follow us on Facebook to catch us in the studio, out on the town, and making new friends in Mexico City!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Webinar: 11/27: Google Analytics for the Enthusiastic Beginner

November 27, 2012 
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for this overview of Google Analytics, a FREE web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. We will start from the very beginning and hit the highlights. This overview is for beginners and executives that want to know the value of the tool but not necessarily how to operate it!

What you'll learn:
  • How to define the business objective for your website
  • How easy it is to create a simple report and email it to your colleagues
  • How to find the most and least popular pages on your website
  • How Google Analytics is able to capture data on your visitors which may change the way you surf the web.
Presenter: Bonnie Massa, founder and president of Chicago-based Massa & Company, Inc