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Taking the Word “Social” to the Next Level

TakingSocialtotheNextLevel

Today we are all things “social” – social media, social networking, and more. But what if the word social can actually mean so much more? Find out how some businesses, known as social enterprises, take the word “social” to a whole new level in our latest video!

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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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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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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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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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CiTTA is now also a City of Chicago certified MBE/WBE!

After 2 months of preparation and 9 months of waiting, CiTTA is finally officially certified by the City of Chicago as both a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Women Business Enterprise (WBE). We will be attending tomorrow (May 22)’s City of Chicago/Cook County 2014 Vendor Fair armed with our newly minted certification letter! The […]

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Which certification is right for your business?

Business Certification Matrix 2012 - created by IHCC

If you are an Illinois-based company and are looking to get your business certified as Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, or any other type of certification that prove you are at an inherent disadvantage in the market place, you are likely to get very confused as to which certification is the best one to have. There are business […]

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We are now an IL MBE!

After months of research, weeks of hard work in putting our application together, CiTTA has finally been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise with the State of Illinois!

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