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Business Practices

Our service teams partner with clients to determine where the organization needs to strengthen itself to achieve its preferred future. Our senior strategists and consultants design services that integrate these business practice elements:

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Business Practices

Planning and Designing
We will help an organization design a strategic plan that guides, develops and facilitates its future activity and direction. We also assist with specific planning, such as developing a business plan with financial models, marketing, communication and fundraising strategies.
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Leadership
Critical to the strength and growth of mission-driven organizations are their executive staff, board and volunteer leaders. Growth Design has frequently been asked to help boards do self-assessment, and to serve as guides in their restructuring, training and orientation. We create a resource manual to facilitate the process, and help the board think strategically about its preferred future.
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Market Research
Every mission-driven organization needs to know what its constituents expect from it, as well as how the organization is perceived and understood in its marketplace. Research leads to knowing the market and is tied to planning. Growth Design offers qualitative and quantitative market reseach as well as complete interpretation of results and analysis for future planning.
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Education, Mentoring and Training
Clients are constantly concerned that their staff be well-prepared and fulfill their role. During training, Growth Design also helps staff strengthen individual abilities and competencies so that those assigned specific responsibilities will be successful in their new roles in fund-raising, executive coaching, formal and informal mentoring, teaching of research and strategic planning.
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Communication
The focus of this activity is to help an organization clarify its audiences and messages, its image or brand and the methods it can use to project its identity externally and internally. Growth Design frequently designs communication strategies for resource development planning and support.
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Multiple Delivery Channels
Leaders know the importance of sustaining strong relationships through "multiple channel delivery" with those who want to know about, participate in and support their missions. Multiple channel delivery techniques include the use of web and electronic communication, direct and response marketing, face-to-face meetings, special events and grant proposals. Using these techniques, Growth Design helps organizations develop strategies and systems and put together comprehensive plans that establish and manage key relationships. Growth Design can also provide specialists who focus on individual service areas.
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Programs and Projects
Growth Design can also help develop multiple resource initiatives for capital acquisition, enterprise development, building of margins, value adding to current programs and services, process redesign and reallocation of savings to mission.
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Human Resources and Information Systems
The backbone of any organization is its infrastructure, including its systems and personnel. A well run organization must have a sound structure that distributes responsibilities and manages knowledge, and integrates an efficient use of data with wise personnel policies including hiring the right people and using them effectively. This system can make the difference between profitability and loss. Growth Design is called upon to provide management assessments, design knowledge management systems, plan use of technology and conduct executive searches.
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