The Triad’s 2016 Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Last year’s golf tournament was a success, raising thousands of dollars for the Boys and Girls Club. The folks involved in the Business Voices movement are preparing for the second annual golf tournament on September 30, which is a Friday. That gives the team the summer to put things in order for a fantastic day for the community.

This year’s golf tournament will be at the Maple Chase Country Club, and will feature raffles, swag bags full of goodies, and of course various golfing packages for visitors and their friends.

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Tragedy Reinforces The Spirit of Giving

Donations of supplies for schools in need is always a plus for staff and students. But sometimes being without certain things we take for granted is more than a distracting inconvenience.

A recent tragedy at one of the schools Business Voices has been involved with reinforces the movement’s mission. Last month at Peck Elementary a student passed away from complications during an asthma attack.

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What Is Business Voices?

This is a question that comes up a lot. For a lot of folks the difference between the BNI Foundation and Business Voices isn’t clear — are they two separate organizations working together?

Business Voices is a movement BNI has created to help kids have the resources they need to grow up and be successful. Every school has some challenge they’re looking to overcome. Sometimes it’s budgetary as it pertains to supplies, other times it’s grades or parent involvement. The idea behind the BNI Foundation’s Business Voices initiative is to help schools identify these challenges, then leverage the community to solve them.

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Grooming Our Future Entrepreneurs With Financial Literacy

Our increasingly digital culture seems to lend itself to entrepreneurship more than any other time. That opens a lot of doors for the youth of today, but being successful in any kind of business is about more than negotiations and trademarking good ideas. Financial literacy is a fundamental skill that is central to the success of any entrepreneurial endeavor, and is one that too often gets passed over.

Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide is an organization with the mission to change that. Powered by over 450,000 volunteers and mentors, JA Worldwide reaches over 10 million young people each year. By inspiring our youth with goals and tools they need to succeed early on, their chances of succeeding increase dramatically as they reach the age where they’re ready to put those ideas into the world.

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Volunteer Day at Sammy’s House (Non-Profit)

What’s new in Austin with Business Voices?

The team pulled together in Texas again to revitalize a learning environment called Sammy’s House, a non-profit that works with kids who are developmentally delayed or medically sensitive. It’s an important role of support for kids that want to learn and benefit from doing so in a non-traditional classroom environment. As a non-profit everyone involved does what they can, but funding can be a challenge.

Sammy’s House had a wish list that included supplies, cleaning, and organizing. In particular, the laundry room.

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Austin Area Receives $1.4M Donation From 3M

This story began with a visit from Melinda McKenna, a long time BNI member who heard about Business Voices movement
in a Leadership Training seminar. It piqued her interest, and at the following meeting she shared an idea of creating a supply closet for teachers in the Austin school district (AISD).

AISD currently has a warehouse to store various teaching supplies that are transported to schools weekly — something that made the next step easier.

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An Update of Triad Business Voices Activity

by Brian Watkins

Now that we’re through all the holidays and back in the swing of the new year, it’s time for some BNI updates!

BNI is currently trying to raise $1260 for the installation of playground equipment for a local school. Play Power, Inc. was generous enough to donate $10,000 worth of equipment, spurring Business Voices to begin tracking down funding to put everything together for the kids. Beth and Ivan have donated $1500 personally, and put the challenge out there for the local chapter to match that.

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Golfing for Kids and Other Upcoming Projects

Golfing and raising money for children’s charities — what could be better on a sunny afternoon? On September 18 the Triad BNI chapters did just that.

The recent Winston Lake golf tournament was a successful fundraiser for local kids’ memberships to the Salvation Army’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America. This program helps kids in need receive the mentoring and great learning activities to grow through after school programs. BNI has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of America in the past, but this is a first for the version of the club run by the Salvation Army.

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New Classrooms, New Books for Oak Creek Academy

by Brian Watkins

Oak Creek Academy of Killeen, TX is home to a wider variety of students than some schools, notably in having programs for children with Autism and Aspberger’s to learn at their own pace. The school educates students of all ages and all abilities. Director Tracy Fogle Hanson is passionate about guiding youth to become productive adults.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Becky Isbell about some recent projects that made this school bigger and better than ever.

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Socks for Kids at Austin Independent School District

by Brian Watkins

Business Voices rings strong in Texas. The Austin Independent School District recently received a donation that brought immediate comfort for students so they can better focus on learning.

Students of the school district, ranging from elementary school all the way through high school, did not consistently have socks to wear each day when coming to class. After a connection made with Nicole Connely of AISD, local BNI chapters could examine the schools’ situations more closely.

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