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As featured in Puget Sound Business Journal: SBI handles the chores so nonprofits can do their thing

We are thrilled to be featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Sound Strategies. The story by Steven Goldsmith highlights our recent growth, in large part due to six new contracts with national associations, and the aquisition of another local association management company. Read the full article.

Don’t be THAT person — 5 tips for rocking your next networking event

SBI plans more than 200 meetings and events annually for our nonprofit association clients – from Board meetings to monthly business luncheons to multi-day national conferences and tradeshows.

One measure of success for these meetings is the quality of face-to-face interactions – that magical energy and buzz that is in the air when you are […]

Growing Pains: How to successfully manage an association during rapid growth

Although it’s a good problem to have, it can be challenging to manage an association during a time of expansion and growth. You’re dealing with membership numbers that are up, companies that want to exhibit, and volunteers who appear at every turn. While exciting, it requires that you step up as your association’s leader to […]

Behind the Curtain: Get to know our ever-evolving expert Event Team

When Terry Onustack started at SBI, he never could have guessed how quickly the earth would begin to move under his feet. 28 clients and 25 major events later, it’s safe to say that his hands and his Outlook calendars are full. Like 11,000 emails coming through his inbox kind of full.

The Event Team is […]

How Executive Directors can advance a nonprofit’s mission by outsourcing services

As the Executive Director of an association, the demands on your time never end. Are there enough hours in the day to attend to all of the items on your “to-do” list?

You have prioritized the list. You have delegated as many of the tasks as possible. But with a limited number of employees, who else […]

How your competition can become your best friend

It’s often a little odd when you are interacting with your competition. You can be friendly, but how do you get over that feeling of competition, of envy, of insecurity?
I found out first-hand last April when the owner of a local competitor of ours was collaborating on a project SBI was taking the lead on. […]

Delivering Membership Value… and Growth

Associations are human creations – by humans for humans. It is a simple thought but it is inherent in being a carbon-based land creature. We are driven to associate, it is our nature.

We at SBI marvel at the incredible range of associations and what they offer to their members. People are social… in every sense […]

Small staff EDs: It’s time for a gut check

Leave your gut at the door and lead with your head.
Are you really being smart about how you get the work of the organization accomplished? Are you compromised with weak or ineffectual staff? Do you think it is easier to keep staff who require constant workarounds than getting the streamlined results you need?

Do you honestly […]

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