I was invited earlier last week to serve as a panelist for the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce's Business Empowerment Networking Series (BENS) "Mission Possible: How to Make Your Non-profit Successful." The keynote speakers were Norman Wedderbrun, President & CEO of Make a Wish Foundation of South Florida; Javier A. Soto, President & CEO of The Miami Foundation; and Delores Dunn, President & CEO of Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Inc. The latter part of the event included Shark Tank 1.0 presented by the Chamber's Young Professionals Network (YPN). As part of the Shark Tank 1.0, five individuals with an interest in starting a non-profit organization were given an opportunity to pitch their concept before a panel of experts in the fields of marketing, finance, legal, and business development in exchange for constructive criticism, expert guidance, and a chance at a prize package worth $2,500 in consultation. Of course, I provided the marketing expertise among the expert panelists.
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