This is certainly the time of year when people are not only reflecting on what’s transpired but also thinking about how to best move forward. Whether a new year is upon us or not, it is always a good idea to be analyzing your performance and intentionally planning for your future. In addition to some of the standard business growth goals, this is a great time to begin thinking about the impact of your organization and how you can use your business as an agent for positive change.
For those who aren’t aware, Good For Michigan’s Quick Impact Assessment (QIA) is a tool tailored to meet the needs of local organizations and allow them to see how they are performing in comparison to others in their industry. It addresses items such as the strength of your mission statement, considerations regarding diversity, collaborations within the community and sustainability practices.
If you have not taken the QIA before, it can provide you with valuable insights and also recommendations for strengthening your business. If you have completed it, be sure to mark your calendars so you can retake it annually. The assessment will allow you to monitor your progress and continue seeing new opportunities for growth. Either way, as you develop your plan of action, make sure you are setting SMART goals.
What are SMART goals? Read more at goodfor.org/blog.
From the statewide roll out of Good for Michigan to celebrating Local First’s 15th Anniversary to kicking off our annual Fork Fest in the fall, 2018 was an exciting year for Local First, our members, and community partners.