Help wanted – part time professional support

Looking for an organized, self-directed, flexible person to establish and maintain the day-to-day operations and marketing/sales for an individual providing tutoring and writing services. This position will require a little bit of attention every day; we anticipate it should initially take around six to eight hours per week, and may increase in the future.

The position may expand to also include parallel services for a second individual providing software, database, and web development services.

We’re looking for an entrepreneurial-type person to take on all of the small business functions except directly provided services. To a limited extent, it includes coaching the individual on appropriate actions.

Primary responsibilities will include the following:

Marketing and sales

Identify possible sources of work and implement a sales and marketing program designed to communicate both to referral sources and end-users. Included are:

  • Lead generation and tracking
  • Advertising, public relations and other marketing communications
  • Website content creation and maintenance
  • Facebook page maintenance
  • Initial communications with prospective clients to assess whether they are a good fit, and to discuss pricing, service offerings and other details.

Operations management

  • Communicate with clients (typically parents or adults students)
  • Scheduling and calendaring
  • Managing tutor’s actual calendar and performance
  • Keep records regarding work performed, clients, billings, etc.
  • Develop and maintain systems to support these operations activities.
  • Assess how well marketing, sales, and other systems are working and suggest improvements.

Finance

  • Maintain simple financial records (i.e. checkbook),
  • Prepare statements when necessary, oversee timely billing of non-cash accounts and monitor collections
  • Prepare invoices or receipts for cash clients.

If you are interested, please contact Kim at kim@kimmarla.com.

Wishing you a year of peace, joy and hope.

Supporting in 2010: Mosaic Family Services and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Our commitment
Kim Schlossberg Designs has a tradition of supporting organizations that are doing work we believe in. We would like to introduce you to Mosaic Family Services and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the organizations we will be supporting for the first time in 2011. To join us in this commitment or to learn more, please contact us at kim@kimmarla.com or 214.536.3038, or visit the organizations at their websites listed below.

Mosaic Family Services provides culturally and linguistically competent services to refugees and immigrants in crisis, including victims of human trafficking and domestic violence in North Texas. The mission of Mosaic Family Services is to support, educate, and empower individuals and families of the communities they serve. Mosaic touches the lives of thousands of people every year. Learn more at mosaicservices.org.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network creates hope through research, patient support, community outreach, and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Only 6% of pancreatic cancer patients survive more than five years. This is the lowest survival rate for all cancers. This year 43,140 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 36,800 will pass away from the disease. There are no early detection methods, and currently there is no cure.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is making an impact. They have increased federal funding for pancreatic cancer research from $17 million in 1999 to $87 million in 2008. However, this is simply not enough. Learn more at pancan.org.

2009 – economic development and the natural environment with NCIF

In 2009 we again supported Housing Crisis Center, since I’m on the Board, and we added a second organization in honor of my family’s trip to the Grand Canyon.

The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF) provides patient capital to small and emerging natural resource-based businesses that will advance sustainable economic development and have a positive impact on human health and the natural environment. NCIF’s business clients are predominantly located in economically distressed rural communities and are unable to access capital from traditional sources. Sectors of particular interest include: heritage and recreation-based tourism, value-added and sustainable agriculture, water/wastewater treatment, sustainable forestry and forest products, integrated waste management, and recycling.
NCIF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a wholly owned affiliate of The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization with a unique dual mission of land & water conservation and economic development.

See the highlights of their accomplishments over the past 25 years.

Our support will help NCIF continue to find, support and fund entrepreneurs who are demonstrating that triple-bottom-line businesses can sustain rural communities and their natural resources.

2008 part two – Transforming lives of orphans with Empower African Children

Our second organization we supported in 2008, Empower African Children, transforms the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children through the power of innovative education.

Empower African Children is a non-profit organization inspired by success stories from more than 15 years of work with Africa’s vulnerable children. Empower African Children’s programs provide a fresh new approach that unlocks the potential of this generation through an innovative education. Its holistic approach to education provides tools for success in life, creating confident, skillful, and visionary leaders. Empower African Children’s programs include holistic care for children in Uganda, a U.S. Scholarship program for African students, the Spirit of Uganda tour and the development of a secondary school in Uganda.

www.EmpowerAfricanChildren.org • 214.828.9323

2008 part one – Housing Crisis Center prevents homelessness

In 2008, we supported two organizations.

The Housing Crisis Center (HCC) offers programs and services designed to prevent homelessness and to stabilize the elderly, the disabled, and families with children in decent, affordable, permanent housing, and to empower these people to be able to solve future housing problems. Our vision is to “make our community a better home for everyone.”

Each year, over 11,000 individuals are supported by the Housing Crisis Center – and on any given night, over 140 households are sheltered in HCC supportive housing.  Ours is an agency focused on preventing homelessness and many of our clients are working, but struggling to make ends meet.  We provide services to them from legal help to employment assistance to housing to child care.  Our goal is to move individuals and families from dependency – from tettering on the edge of homelessness – to knowing they will be safe from the streets for many months, years to come.  All HCC programs are strengthened by support services: groups, financial literacy and personal budget classes, child care through Vogel Alcove, and individualized community referrals.

www.hccdallas.org • 214.828.4244

In 2007, we supported Inclusive Communities Project

In 2007, we supported Inclusive Communities Project (ICP), a not-for-profit organization that works for the creation and maintenance of thriving racially and economically inclusive communities, expansion of fair and affordable housing opportunities for low income families, and redress for policies and practices that perpetuate the harmful effects of discrimination and segregation.

ICP envisions an America where equality is created and sustained in community through access to good schools, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and economic opportunity. ICP wants to be a resource to those who share that vision by providing information about where those opportunities exist in the North Texas area, where they don’t, and why. They work with individuals and families seeking to secure the benefits of such communities, unfettered by discrimination and prejudice. And they advocate and promote polices and practices that are consistent with this mission of inclusiveness, fairness, community, and opportunity.

To learn more about Inclusive Communities Project or to join me in supporting them, please visit their website at
inclusivecommunities.net or call them at 214.939.9239.

In 2006, we supported Plan Fund’s mission to help entrepreneurs

In 2006, we supported The PLAN Fund, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization inspired by the work of Dr. Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.

The PLAN Fund is a Dallas based non-profit organization whose mission is to increase our clients’ economic self-sufficiency through a program of entrepreneurship services to assist in developing more sustainable businesses that will positively impact our client’s standard of living, create jobs, and build financial assets.

The PLAN Fund provides a comprehensive microfinance program unique in Dallas; no other entrepreneur program in the DFW area provides the same range of services, including low interest microloans, hands-on business training and business development support services.

Our 11 year experience working with the entrepreneur community of Dallas, with a primary focus on fostering entrepreneurs in the low and moderate income communities of Dallas, combined with our staff’s high level of professionalism and commitment to our entrepreneurs, supports our mission to increase the scale and success of working class entrepreneurs in Dallas.

To learn more about The PLAN Fund or to join me in supporting them, please visit their website at planfund.org or call them at 214.942.6698.

Inspiring girls be strong, smart and bold in 2005!

Every year, Kim Schlossberg Designs selects a not-for-profit organization to support throughout the year. We focus on worthy organizations working to increase opportunities for individuals. In 2005, we worked to empower strong, smart, and bold girls.

Girls Incorporated has been celebrating girls’ voices since 1864, first as Girls Clubs of America and since 1990 as Girls Incorporated. The Girls Club of Dallas was founded in 1968. Girls Inc. is the champion for all girls and young women that for over 40 years has provided effective life skills and enrichment programs to empower girls daily to take charge of their lives. We provide learning and development opportunities designed around personal effectiveness, academics, and career planning so that girls are inspired to be strong, smart and bold and lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

Our four campuses located in West Dallas, South Dallas, North Oak Cliff, and Love Field currently have the capacity to provide quality programs for approximately 800 girls, ages 6-18, through after-school programming during the school year, and all day programming in the summer months.  Of those members attending the four campuses, 61% live in a single parent home or with neither parent; 85% reside in homes with family incomes of less than $25,000 a year; and 69% are African-American, 30% are Hispanic and 1% are White

The effectiveness of the curriculum can be clearly seen through successful statistics and measurable results.  Over the past eleven years, 100% of senior girls in the program have graduated from high school as well as gone on to some form of higher education pursuits.  Additionally, ten out of the last eleven years, 100% of girls in the program have remained pregnancy and drug free.

Our overall method and strategy includes curriculum that focuses on the following seven core areas identified as critical to addressing the challenges faced by all girls: educational enrichment, health and sexuality, self reliance and life skills, career and life planning, sports and adventure, leadership and community action, and culture and heritage.  We seek to inspire and help girls improve their overall grades and their educational advancement in math, technology and the sciences.   Please join us in empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold and take charge of their lives!

Learn more at girlsincdallas.org

In 2004, we supported Heifer International – to end Hunger & Poverty

Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.

By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, Heifer empowers them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

With gifts of livestock and training, they help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of Heifer’s mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

http://www.heifer.org/