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When “Social” Means More

When it comes to social enterprise, social means more.

When I tell people our consulting firm has a passion for helping social enterprises, I’m sometimes met with the question, “what do you mean by social enterprise?” Or I might get a knowing look, yet the response is, “oh, so you do social media!” or “oh, so it’s about social networking!” Hmm… I suppose that’s […]

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3 Things Strategic Planning Should Accomplish (Besides the Plan)

CiTTA Chief Consultant Belinda Li on the productive journey of strategic planning.

“It’s time for strategic planning again.” If you’re anything like the Board members at a nonprofit where I serve as an officer, you can probably relate to the collective sighs this announcement elicited. I found this reaction amusing…and a little troubling. Because I do value-added strategic planning for my clients, I know it isn’t just […]

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How Can Business Save the World?

social enterprise saving the world

We tend to think businesses are driven solely by making money. But have you ever asked yourself, is it possible to do well and do good? The answer is you can – through the power of social enterprise. How can business save the world? Check out our latest video to find out!

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Insights for Growing Your Social Enterprise

Belinda Li Why CiTTA Exists

CiTTA is proud to announce that our founder and Chief Consultant Belinda Li will be providing expert guidance at the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago‘s Speed Coaching event on June 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. Join Belinda and a team of well-seasoned professionals for insights into the legal, strategic, and programmatic challenges you face […]

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Businesses that Promote Equality: Speaking at the IL LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Belinda Li and fellow panelists at the IL LGBT Chamber of Commerce

How can we work together for businesses that encourage equality? That was the question on everyone’s mind this week at the Illinois LGBT Chamber of Commerce informational luncheon featuring alumni of the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program.  CiTTA’s CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li served as a panelist at the May 15 event, speaking to […]

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3 Ways Meditation Benefits Your Enterprise

Regular meditation may cultivate strengths for your social enterprise.

You’ve got back-to-back meetings on your calendar, deadlines to meet, and people whose lives you want to change for the better. When daily life is pushing you to go, go, go, it may be hard to imagine the benefits of what meditation asks you to do: stop for a while. Sit still. Yet there is […]

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Quality Equals Dignity: CiTTA’s Day of Volunteer Service

CiTTA Team Volunteers

The slogan on the wall at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory says it all. When a child in need receives the essential items she needs to thrive, a new life becomes possible and everyone benefits.  Cradles to Crayons (C2C) serves over 30,000 children in need and wants to double that in the coming year. That’s why […]

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What’s the Big Deal with Defining Social Enterprise?

Defining Social Enterprise

It’s no secret. When it comes to defining social enterprise, things can get confusing quickly. For starters, are we defining social enterprise as a mega non-profit that’s been around for 100 years, like Goodwill? Or a new tech start-up selling a life-altering soccer ball that can generate energy for an entire rural village? What about […]

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Spring Clean and Spring Green! CiTTA Hosts Toy and Clothing Collection Drive

CiTTA Team Member Ellen Au at Collection Drive

Don’t just spring clean – spring green! Did you know Americans throw out an average of 70 pounds of clothes each year? Now you can help a child in need and support environmental sustainability. CiTTA Partnership is partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and gently used children’s clothing and shoes, as well as toys and […]

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Social Value Meets Market Potential at the 2018 Social New Venture Challenge

Belinda Li, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Emerging social entrepreneurs need an ecosystem of support to test their big ideas for social change. This was put into action this week at the ’72 John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge 2018, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. CiTTA Partnership’s Founder and Chief Consultant Belinda Li was honored to serve as […]

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Building the Social Enterprise Model: CiTTA CEO Shares Insights on Panel

Belinda Li speaks on Building Social Enterprise Models

How do changemakers build their social enterprise models, keeping their beneficiaries in mind? And how can they distinguish their products from competitors? These were just two of the pressing questions addressed by CiTTA CEO and Founder Belinda Li on April 2, when she appeared as a panelist for the course Social Enterprise at Loyola University Chicago’s […]

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Why You Need the Female Voice in Your Business

Women working at startup.

The month dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements is coming to a close – but the drive for parity surges forward no matter what the calendar says. This is especially true for women in business. The press for progress continues and, as it turns out, is actually good for your bottom line. When denied a seat […]

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#WomenWednesday: A Champion for Women’s History Month

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Affordable housing and health care. Quality education and youth development. The realization of full rights and participation in society for those new to our country. These are issues you champion in your mission-driven work every day. And National Women’s History Month is all about acknowledging the stories of people like you. So today’s #WomenWednesday blog […]

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The Empowerment Experiment: #WomenWednesday Honors Maggie Anderson

Maggie Anderson's book outlining her family's Empowerment Experiment.

As Black History Month comes to a close, we want to reflect on ways we can all become more mindful of supporting minority-owned businesses in our communities. As a result, we’d like to dedicate this week’s #WomenWednesday to Maggie Anderson – businesswoman, activist, author, and the co-founder of The Empowerment Experiment. Prior to becoming well-known […]

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Black History Month: Support for Black-Owned Social Enterprises

Rhys Powell, founder of Red Rabbit

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the incredible achievements of African Americans in the U.S.  In our first February post, we talked about how important it is to consider these achievements in entrepreneurship. Today we want to highlight a few black-owned social enterprises we think are doing really amazing things in this space […]

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Client Innovation: Social Enterprise in the Spotlight with NeighborWorks America

Here at CiTTA Partnership, we’re all about empowering our clients’ sustainable social impact. So there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the successful ways our clients continue to drive social innovation forward. This winter, our past client NeighborWorks America (NWA) partnered with the Stanford Social Innovation Review to share all of the exciting details of their […]

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Black History Month: #WomenWednesday Honors Dorothy Richardson

Dorothy Richardson

Black History Month calls for learning more about leaders who haven’t always received the recognition they deserve. That’s why today’s #WomenWednesday post is dedicated to Dorothy Richardson – a community activist who inspired the national field of urban development. “Fix the houses – not tear down the whole neighborhood.” Richardson was a housewife in the […]

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Black History Month: Support for MBEs

Today kicks off Black History Month – an annual month-long observance not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. It denotes the annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans in U.S. History. Black History Month was formally recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. However, the origins of Black History […]

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CiTTA Chief Consultant Reelected to Board, Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago

SEA - Chicago Board Members Lauren Robinson, Wendy Raymer, and Belinda Li

We’re pleased to announce that our Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li has been reelected to the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago Chapter (SEA – Chicago). SEA-Chicago is the Midwest Regional Chapter of the leading national membership organization of individuals and organizations actively working to advance the movement for […]

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Beyond Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Although Human Trafficking Awareness Month is soon coming to a close, our engagement with this human rights issue should continue well beyond January. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal activity, claiming more than 20 million victims. Despite certain groups being more susceptible, human trafficking does not discriminate. A victim could be a friend, your […]

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