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Jennifer E Goldman LLC

Jennifer E Goldman LLC

The Gold Standard in Nonprofit Consulting

Jenn helps nonprofit leaders learn new tools, set and achieve new goals, determine stronger methods of sustainability, and direct their organization onto a mission-driven path to success. She also helps facilitate difficult discussions between board members and staff, evaluate programs and events for effectiveness, and can help identify possible funding sources.

Services

Services include: Management consulting for strategic transformation. Mainly nonprofit organizations, especially Main Street programs and communities.

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Jennifer E. Goldman, President
435 Lakeside Boulevard West
Waterbury, CT 06708
540.454.6511
Jennifer@Resonance.us

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O.3.1 Mission & Vision

O.3.1 Mission & Vision

Action

Update or create a written mission and vision statement with input from stakeholders.

Why

A mission and vision statement is critical to guide your district work to consistent, strategic progress.

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O.2.2.2 Board Representation – Constituencies

O.2.2.2 Board Representation – Constituencies

Action

Develop a board that is made up of individuals who represent different constituencies within your downtown district and the community at large.

Note: “Board” refers to a Board of Directors of a non-profit or other legal entity, an Advisory Board, Committee, or Commission. 

Why

Different constituencies bring unique perspectives that will enrich your Board’s leadership of the district.

How

Recruit board members from different industries. Here is a sample of constituencies that typically are downtown stakeholders:

  • Property Owners
  • Business Owners
  • Economic Development
  • Business Council
  • Housing Authority
  • Local Banks or Financial Institutions
  • Realtors
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Historic Organizations
  • Library
  • Civic Orgs
  • Faith-based
  • K-12 School System
  • College System
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Arts & Culture Organizations

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O.2.3 Board Engagement

O.2.3 Board Engagement

Action

Improve board engagement.

Why

Having an involved and engaged board of directors demonstrates to the community a strong commitment and support for the organization, helps to recruit members, cultivates donors, and builds partnerships.

How

The Board of Directors needs to adopt a policy that would require members to sign a board member agreement that details roles and responsibilities, a commitment from the organization back to the board member and requires active participation by members on organizational committees.  In addition, a policy needs to be created that will require 100% board funding commitment with a specific monetary amount or range.

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O.2.2.1 Individual Board Representation

O.2.2.1 Individual Board Representation

Action

Improve the diversity of board members.

Why

Organizational Board of Directors membership should be reflective of the community at large.  A diverse board can offer various community perspectives, ensure that culture and tradition is represented, and foster an inclusive environment.

How

The Board of Directors should enact a policy that encourages an inclusive environment while recruiting board representation from the community at large. 

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O.2.1 Board Structure

O.2.1 Board Structure

Action

Update by-laws and/or strengthen board structure. // Establish or strengthen formality of advisory board.

Why

The main functions of the board are to ensure the fiscal integrity of the organization and provide advocacy for the mission, vision and goals.  An established board of directors, sets organizational policy, demonstrates community support and stability, and provides a platform to garner support both in-kind and financial.

How

By-laws provide a template and organizational direction.  Researching already established by-laws from existing 501©3 organizations can provide guidance and examples.  Enlist the services of a legal firm or lawyer(s) versed in by-law preparation and filings.

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CMSC Webinar: 7 Steps to Successfully Hire a Main Street Executive

CMSC Webinar

7 Steps to Successfully Hire a Main Street Executive

Webinar Summary

Hiring a Main Street Executive – whether for the first time or as you bring on a new leader – is an exciting time. It’s a great opportunity for the organization to reposition itself and infuse it with new life. However, without strong leadership, hiring a new Main Street Executive can be delayed or worse, the wrong person might be hired.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the steps to follow to ensure a successful search and learn about Connecticut Main Street Center’s new action kit Hiring a Main Street Executive.

Presentation Highlights


  • The 7 Steps of hiring an Executive Director

    An organization transitioning to new leadership has an opportunity to deepen relationships with the community and strengthen the organization’s internal workings. Hiring a new Main Street Executive allows an organization to reposition itself and infuse it with new life. However, without strong Board leadership, the organization may flounder, leading to time delays in hiring the new Main Street Executive or worse, choosing the wrong person for the job.

    CMSC has broken down the process of hiring a Main Street Executive into seven steps:

    1. Assemble a Search Committee
    2. Send an Exit Survey
    3. Understand the Role
    4. Write the Job Description
    5. Advertise the Position
    6. Interviewing
    7. Orientation and Onboarding
  • About the Action Kit

    To assist in achieving the best outcome, Connecticut Main Street Center developed an action kit to support organizations in hiring a new leader. This action kit includes a workbook and editable templates and checklists. It will guide you step-by-step through the hiring process and provide you with estimated timeframes you can use throughout the entire process.

    Included in the Hiring Your Main Street Executive Action Kit:

    • Step-by-Step guide available as an online course or PDF
    • Action Kit Overview Checklist
    • Outgoing Executive Director Exit Survey Template
    • Community Survey Template
    • Community Focus Group Presentation Template
    • Job Description Template
    • Connecticut Job Marketing Resources
    • First Round Interview Scorecard Template
    • Second Round Interview Scorecard Template
    • Reference Check Template
    • Onboarding Checklist
    • “A Day in the Life of a Main Street Executive” Video

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About Kristen Lopez

Kristen M. Lopez is Connecticut Main Street Center’s Education & Training Director. With over 11 years of experience in economic development from various roles and industries across the United States, she has always worked with adults to achieve their goals through education. Kristen is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer alum, a StartingBloc Fellow, and Next City Vanguard Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Messiah University.

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To get your Hiring Your Main Street Executive Action Kit, email: Judith@ctmainstreet.or

  • $17 for CMSC Members
  • $47 for non-members

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CMSC Webinar: Main Street Management 101

CMSC Webinar

Main Street Management 101

Webinar Summary

Creating and maintaining a vibrant Main Street is a commitment. It does not happen overnight and requires consistent attention and management. There are many moving parts – stakeholders with different agendas, external market and economic factors out of your control, and limited resources. The good news is there is model that has been replicated across the country for decades to help guide your initiatives and priorities.

This webinar gives you a high-level overview of the Main Street Management Four Point Approach and ideas on how you can start implementing the approach into your Main Street.


Presentation Highlights

  • Origins of the Four Points of Main Street Management

    In the late 1970s the National Trust for Historic Preservation developed a pilot program designed to address the neglect and demolition of historic downtowns. They discovered that downtowns had lost their value in these four distinct areas: economic value, physical value, social value, and civic value. This loss of value was attributed to land use policy, the rise of autos, and suburban sprawl.

    This Main Street Approach was developed to address the restoration of these values simultaneously by providing a framework to guide revitalization efforts.

    Every community and commercial district are different, with its own distinctive assets and sense of place, but the Main Street Approach provides a practical, adaptable framework for downtown transformation that is tailored to local conditions.

    The four points of Main Street management are:

    • Organization
    • Economic Vitality
    • Design
    • Promotion
  • Organization

    Goal – Restore civic value through:

    • Building leadership and strong organizational capacity
    • Ensuring broad community engagement
    • Forging partnerships across sectors

    Aspects of Organization

    • Community Stakeholder Support:
      • Are community stakeholders in consensus on the vision for the downtown?
      • Is the municipality actively supporting Main Street through resource allocation?
      • Resource: Spotlight on Main in Torrington
    • Public Safety
      • Is public safety involved as a revitalization partner?
    • Board of Directors or Advisory Board
      • Is there an active, diverse Board of Directors?
    • Strategic Planning and Work Plan
      • Is a work plan regularly updated to align with a current strategic plan for Main Street?
    • Funding
      • Are there multiple revenue streams to support Main Street revitalization?
    • Financial Management
      • Are financial management best practices followed?
    • Administration
      • Is there full-time, paid dedicated staff person to Main Street?
    • Volunteers
      • Is there a volunteer management strategy in place?
    • Demonstrating Impact
      • Are accomplishments regularly communicated to stakeholders?
    • Messaging and Outreach
      • Are multiple communication channels consistently used to update stakeholders and promote activity?
  • Economic Vitality

    Goal – Restore economic value through:

    • Build a diverse economic base
    • Catalyze smart new investment
    • Cultivate a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem

    Aspects of Economic Vitality

    • District Knowledge & Data
      • Have you documented your Main Street assets?
    • Historic Preservation
      • Is there a historic preservation ethos?
    • Housing
      • Does your zoning support the development of housing downtown?
    • Vacant Storefronts and Lots
    • Property Owner Engagement
      • Are your property owners regularly engaged?
    • Attracting Development
      • Do you have a “one-stop-shop” approach for developers and other Main Street investors?
    • Small Business Support & Ecosystem
      • How are your small businesses supported?
    • Recruiting Business
      • Do you have a strategic plan to recruit businesses based on needs and wants of the community?
  • Design

    Goal – Restore physical value through:

    • Creating an inviting, inclusive atmosphere
    • Celebrating historic and unique character
    • Fostering accessible, people-centered public spaces

    Aspects of Design

    • Building façades/Historic Preservation
      • What is the condition of your building façades?
    • Bike Lanes & Public Transit
      • How can people travel to and get around in your Main Street?
    • Sidewalks & Crosswalks
      • What is the condition and uses of your sidewalks?
    • Green Spaces
      • Are your green spaces appropriately maintained?
    • Parking
      • Are you promoting your parking options?
    • Public Art
      • Is public art used to activate Main Street?
    • Lighting
    • Graffiti & Litter Removal
      • How is Main Street kept clean?
    • Signage
      • Is your downtown signage easy to read and in good condition?
    • Window Displays
      • Do your downtown businesses have attractive window displays?
  • Promotion

    Goal – Restore social value through:

    • Marketing district’s defining assets
    • Communicating unique features through storytelling
    • Supporting buy-local experience

    Aspects of Promotion

    • Attitudes and Perceptions
    • Branding and Positioning
      • Do you have consistent, strategic branding that uniquely positions your community?
    • Retail Promotions
      • Do you host or facilitate activities that highlight goods and services offered by your downtown businesses?
    • Special Events
      • Do you host strategic special events to draw in large crowds and visitors?

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About Presenter Kristen Lopez

Kristen M. Lopez is Connecticut Main Street Center’s Education & Training Director. With over 11 years of experience in economic development from various roles and industries across the United States, she has always worked with adults to achieve their goals through education. Kristen is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer alum, a StartingBloc Fellow, and Next City Vanguard Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Messiah University.

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Connect with Kristen via email or phone.

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