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Budgets – Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em

January 24th, 2017 8:30am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

Seen at the end of too many Requests for Proposal (RFP)…

“Based on your proposed approach, please submit a draft budget estimate for the project.”

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“To respond to this RFP, please prepare materials to address the following: The fee for all service provided by your firm. Please identify any additional services that could include additional fees.”

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“Provide a good-faith cost estimate for your recommended solution, itemized by major component. Estimates should be fixed cost, not time and material. Provide unit costs for each major component to allow for a projection of costs under alternative configuration scenarios. Define the number of estimated labor hours by category ...

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interSector Partners: Take Five, it’s Friday

January 20th, 2017 12:42pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends.

Change is all around us; in fact it’s known to be “the only constant…” This week we focus on the importance of adapting to change for sustainability.

1.       Expanding, contracting, adding or adjusting. interSector had the pleasure of working with the Metro Volunteers board of directors and staff as they explore opportunities to enhance services to meet changing community needs. Looking forward to a front row seat as the new vision comes to life.

2.       Seeing the writing on the wall – and getting out ahead of it. Two years ago, Planned Pare ...

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A Top Ten List – Things You’ll Never Hear from Your Consultant

January 17th, 2017 10:22am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

 A Top Ten List of Things You'll Never Hear From Your Consultant

1. You're right; we're billing way too much for this.

2. Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or "value-added.”

3. How about paying us based on the success of the project?

4. This whole strategy is based on a Harvard business case I read.

5. Actually, the only difference is that we charge more than they do.

6. I don't know enough to speak intelligently about that.

7. Implementation? I only care about writing long reports.

8. I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing department.

9. The problem is, you have too much work for too few people.

10. Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need me.

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Working with Consultants: A to Z

January 9th, 2017 11:17am - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

Over the past thirty-eight years (1979-2017) I've worked with consultants, I've hired consultants and I've made my living as an independent consultant. I've done all the above in numerous different industries ranging from banking and construction to insurance to marketing and advertising consumer goods to nonprofits and social enterprise. I’ve worked in many different capacities over different time frames in my career. I've studied what works and what doesn't when it comes to consulting "process" and even treated myself to a little formal training. No, not from those Big 8, no wait, Big 4, or was it Big 2 consulting firms. Who knows how many there are or what they're called nowadays?

Most of my consulting learning and experience has come from that infamous School of Hard Knocks. I'm proud to say that and say it with head held high. I believe that's where most of the really meaningful consulting rubber not only hits the r ...

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Now We Are Six

February 20th, 2015 12:27pm

interSector Partners, L3C Now We Are Six                                                                                   interSector Partners, L3C

Six years ago during this little thing called "the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression," we had a crazy idea to start a business. Believing that it was time for a new way of doing good *and* doing business, interSector was born to support changemakers working within any business structure as they leverage their talents to make a difference in the world. At the time, terms like impact and social entrepreneur, alternative b ...

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interSectors Take Five for Friday

January 23rd, 2015 3:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       L3C interest ebbs and flows – this month it’s flowing. Based on the number of downloads of Who is the L3C Entrepreneur? and inquiries to interSector from folks hoping to start an L3C, we know that interest in this LLC-based structure for social good is here to stay.

2.       A new book to support the above point. From our good friend and leader in the entrepreneurship, social enterprise and impact investing space, Marc Lane brings u ...

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interSector�s Take Five for Friday

December 19th, 2014 4:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Our 2014 Holiday Edition toasts:

Holiday-themed nonprofit board humor with ‘Twas the Night of the Board Meeting, our good-natured take on board dynamics and fundraising. An annual staple since 2003.

Cohorts past, present and future. Celebrating the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural and 2015 Cohorts with friends, our new business mentors and

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interSectors Five for Friday

December 12th, 2014 11:23am

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

- Same name, (slightly) different game. interSector Partners, L3C may  have been the earliest adopter of the term “intersector” to focus on the evolving field of cross-sector work, but we’re excited to share the space with colleagues at The Intersector Project who are doing impressive work on the research side of cross- and tri-sector collaboration.

- Art Restart Redux. We’re just so darned proud to see Colorado Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural Cohort graduate The Gathering Place get some amazing coverage in 5280 Magazine – and to learn that one of the artists received a royalty check ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 14th, 2014 11:29am

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1. Awards. Including the Longmont Chamber’s Small Business of the Year for interSector’s weekly planning meeting location (and home to some really awesome people) Red Frog Coffee

2. Project Wrap-Ups. Completed our fifth year of facilitation and consulting services for the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council’s Ryan White Act Priorities and Allocation Setting Process and put the finishing touches on a comprehensive sustainability plan for Colorado Heights University. Grateful to engage with two groups doing such vastly different, but equally important work. ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 7th, 2014 6:02pm

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       As the NB3 Foundation executive director search continues, we had the pleasure of talking with some exceptional, talented, visionary candidates from around the country.

2.       One simple question: “Who’s selling pies?” opened a flood gate of Pie in the Sky enthusiasm. (Project Angel Heart board chair, Lorii, was fastest on the draw and earned our order.)

3.       Who can blame us if our co-branded Art Restart cards make us want to escape ...

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