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We are excited to introduce Project THRIVE to the community and we are looking for approximately 10 businesses and 10 nonprofits to become a part of our very first Project THRIVE cohorts. Businesses and nonprofit organizations will be divided into two separate cohorts in order to tailor strategic planning methods, content, and cohort discussions to the unique challenges faced by these different sectors. At the present moment, Project THRIVE will only be open to businesses and nonprofits in the Shenandoah Valley. However, we hope to expand the organizations for which we can offer Project THRIVE over time.

Project THRIVE will last a total of six weeks and will be facilitated by individuals who want to help your organization thrive. We hope that the relationships you will build with other participants in your cohort will continue to grow beyond our six weeks together. Throughout your participation in Project THRIVE, you will be supported by PCE staff and JMU students who are determined to see you succeed.

Project THRIVE Business

Program Overview

Course Investment: $FREE
(only for Pilot Cohorts)
Only 10 spaces available.

June 7 - July 15, 2021

Mondays (2 hours) & Thursdays (1 hour) 

Applications Due: May 15, 2021 

 

The topics you can expect to learn and engage with each week are:

Week 1: Trace where you’ve been and where you want to go

Week 2: Hone in on your customers’ needs 

Week 3: Recharge your approach to customer needs 

Week 4: Identify strategies to minimize and overcome barriers 

Week 5: Vivify your marketing content and strategies 

Week 6: Empower your business to be resilient

Project THRIVE Nonprofit

Program Overview

Course Investment: $FREE
(only for Pilot Cohorts)
Only 10 spaces avaialble.

July 19 - August 26, 2021

Mondays (2 hours) & Thursdays (1 hour) 

Applications Due: June 15, 2021 

 

The topics you can expect to learn and engage with each week are:

Week 1: Trace where you’ve been and where you want to go 

Week 2: Hone in on your clients’ needs

Week 3: Recharge your approach to client              needs

Week 4: Identify strategies to minimize and overcome barriers

Week 5: Vivify your marketing content and strategies

Week 6: Empower your organization to be resilient

Image_Miro.pngWe will be hosting the first iteration of Project THRIVE virtually using Zoom software. Although future Project THRIVE cohorts may be able to meet in-person, and we certainly hope to eventually transition to face-to-face meetings, we have made this decision based on many different factors.

In addition to using Zoom, we will be integrating an innovative platform called Miro into our collaborative group activities. Selected Project THRIVE participants will receive instructions for how to use Zoom and Miro prior to the first session. Both platforms are easy to navigate and free to participants.

Conditions of Participation

Participants must . . .

  • Hold a leadership position within the business or nonprofit for which they are applying to participate in Project THRIVE.
  • Attend every Project THRIVE session, unless there is an unexpected emergency.
  • Be the same participant who attends every session.
  • Have access to a computer or other device with video capability.

Please direct your questions to Dr. Nick Swartz.

 
About the Facilitator

Dr. Nick Swartz, Madison Center for Community Development Director

Dr. Nick Swartz will facilitate both Project THRIVE cohorts this summer. As the Project THRIVE facilitator, he will act as a personal guide through activities and discussions asking thought-provoking questions and challenge participants to use strategic thinking and creative problem solving. Dr. Swartz is well-versed in different areas related to economic and community development and is passionate about helping local businesses and nonprofits succeed.

If you are interested in becoming a Project THRIVE facilitator in the future, please email Dr. Swartz to learn about upcoming opportunities.

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