CommunityFirst! was started in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN to educate residents, businesses and organizations on the critical need to shop in and hire residents from our community. We are extending our 2009 campaign into 2010 to have all construction projects in our community hire people from within the community first before looking elsewhere.
COMMUNITYFIRST! Seeks To Improve The Lives Of The Unemployed And Underemployed People In Our Communities.
- Ensure that existing construction and other contracts specify the hiring of community-based organizations, businesses and people.
- Create new businesses and strengthen existing businesses to obtain work and contracts that flow into our community.
- Provide business support services to obtain existing contracts and to ensure successful performance and completion of contracts, projects and jobs.
- Provide empowerment and self-sufficiency training to community people.
- Provide consulting support services to organizations wishing to do business with community based businesses and people.
Ensure that existing construction and other contracts provide for the hiring of community based organizations, businesses and people.
Organize and coordinate inner city churches to act as economic development hubs and business incubators to recruit community members, facilitate business development, provide seed money, equipment and spiritual support in the creation of and strengthening of new and existing businesses.
Create new businesses and strengthen existing businesses to obtain work and contracts that flow into our community.
Qualify and orient individuals and business start ups as prospective vendors interested in doing business and increasing their capacity.
Provide business support services to obtain existing contracts and to ensure successful completion of contracts, projects and jobs.
Conduct training and seminars to help community business people navigate the business world.
Create and maintain a handbook of business practices that can be used to orient new and strengthen existing businesses.
Create excitement among potential contractors, organizations and businesses on the need to do business with community people.
Provide empowerment and self sufficiency training to community people.
Conduct classes in sales, planning and implementation techniques that will empower people with the tools to take charge of their economic lives.
Conduct classes to help community people manage the various administrative and follow-up cultures that they will be required to deal with.
Provide one-on-one business strengthening sessions.
Assist in the starting of new businesses for community people.
Identify business start-up opportunities and find community people who want to
start such businesses.
Develop an organizational counseling model to help them with the following:o Identifying community businesses and people.
o Identifying community businesses and people.
o Communicating administrative and organizational
o Establishing and managing expectations.