iSpi Deep Dive: Cultural Competencies

The progression toward cultural competence and understanding is vital to effective entrepreneurship, and to maximizing one’s business reach and network. This presentation will broaden your understanding of cultural competence and the nuances therein, addressing individual and systems level prejudices, use of language, and self-evaluation. You will walk away from this course with a better understanding of your global audience, and the awareness to communicate effectively with diverse populations.

Learning Objectives
Participants will gain an understanding of workplace diversity and inclusion.
Course will cover system level privilege and oppression.
participants will gain cultural competencies to help them reach a broader audience with their business.

Facilitated by Susan Faupel, MSW, Training Institute Director, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

DSI Members get a discount to only $15 for these classes. If you don’t know your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI Office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Public Speaking & Making the sale through effective communication

You’ll leave this interactive session ready to take center stage. In this training you will learn the important ways that public speaking and writing differ, and will be challenged to find your authentic voice and posture to succeed at public speaking. Participants will practice and prepare elevator speeches and receive immediate feedback from one another.

Learning objectives
Participants will be challenged to concisely tell their story.
Develop an elevator pitch.
Learn the tips and tricks of talking in front of an audience.
Participants will gain feedback through peer critique.

DSI Member receive a discount and only pay $15 for this class. If you don’t have your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Leveraging Social Media

Lead by: Larry Johnson, Sikich

97% of businesses are active on social media, but only 20% are seeing actual results. Your social media expertise can help produce the results that every business dreams about. In this presentation you’ll learn how to: leverage internet marketing and social media to get massive results; create social media marketing strategies that blow away the competition; and impress clients with your social media expertise and high-level knowledge.

Learning Objectives:
Learn the basics of utilizing each platform, creating content appropriate for each and developing a calendar for posting.

DSI Members enjoy a discount to iSpi classes. If you don’t have your Member Code to only pay $15, email Lisa in the DSI office.

Restaurant Installs Technology to Help Visually Impaired

Maldaner’s Restaurant is the first downtown business — but likely not the last — to install technology to help visually impaired individuals access the business, thanks to a partnership with Sensible Innovations, also a DSI member and an Innovate Springfield member. Sensible Innovations is a Springfield-based technology company whose Aware audible way-finding app for visually impaired people was recently named Consumer Electronics Show 2018 Innovation Awards Honoree.

Aware works with iBeacons, to provide indoors and outdoors turn-by-turn navigational directions, and location descriptions, designed with a focus on visually impaired people, and plays in real time where and when it matters.

“Our visually impaired customers can now order from the menu, without asking a sighted person for help, because it is listed in the app. They can also easily navigate the restaurant without assistance allowing them the independence they deserve,’ said Chef Higgins. “For us, installing the iBeacons was a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you want to make your business accessible for all?”

To download the app, search “Aware Wayfinding Sensible Innovations” in your app store.

As Chef Higgins is the first proprietor in downtown Springfield to install the technology required for Aware, Sensible Innovations founder and CEO Rasha Said is championing Chef Higgins’ commitment to his patrons.

“Michael and I collaborated on this project to encourage other local businesses, especially those downtown, to install the iBeacon technology to allow people who are visually impaired the same opportunities, when dining, as those who are sighted,” said Rasha.

Sensible Innovations is a member of Innovate Springfield, a social innovation and business incubator situated in downtown Springfield. Katie Davison, the organization’s executive director said, “We think this is only the beginning for the Aware app to penetrate the Springfield market. The opportunities for the app to provide way-finding assistance to the Springfield community are endless.”

Aware is making a positive impact on the lives of visually impaired people across the city and further afield.

Downtown Springfield, Inc. executive director Lisa Clemmons Stott said she was extremely excited about the launch of Aware at Maldaner’s, which is a member of DSI, “As the ‘front door’ of Springfield, downtown businesses welcome people from around the world. Chef Higgins is leading the way to even more inclusivity by utilizing this technology. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if downtown Springfield was the first neighborhood in the nation to support visually-impaired individuals in this way?”

Rasha and her team have placed iBeacons at Glenwood High School in Chatham and Mary Bryant Home for the Blind in Springfield, the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center in New York and at The Chicago Lighthouse.

Aware has a US utility patent and was coded by Springfield-based Levi, Ray & Shoup Web Solutions.

For more information visit sensible-innovations.com.

iSpi Deep Dive: Strategic Planning

Lead by: Nikki Baker, Founder, Recycled Cottage

Aimed at helping you plan for the future and to expect the unexpected, you’ll leave this presentation with practical strategies you can implement right now to make a noticeable difference in the performance of your start-up. You will dive into the 3 pillars of the Rockefeller Habits including priorities, data and rhythm.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn basic strategic planning concepts and exercises like mission, vision, SWOT, Power and Interest, Ho-Shin Affinity.
Participants will leave having identifying their organization’s strategic direction.
Participants will have a sample plan.

DSI Members get a discount and only pay $15 for these sessions. If you don’t have your Member Code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Case Study: Downtown Business Custom Cup

Hear from Brent Boesdorfer of Custom Cup from ideation to implementation – how these entrepreneurs turned a hobby into a business.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will gain real world insight into a successful startup.
Hear how to manage people, time, and resources.

DSI members get a discount and only pay $15 for these sessions. If you don’t have your code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSpi Deep Dive: Canvas and Cocktails

Lead by: Sarah Beth Eck, Community Manager @ iSPI and their Amazing Chalk Artist

Creativity skills and innovation training are recognized as start-up essentials – after all, being different is a major source of competitive advantage. In this workshop you’ll explore techniques to help you unlock your creativity and transform ideas into reality.

Learning Objective: Untap creative energy while creating a masterpiece.

DSI members get a discount of only $15 per session at iSpi. If you don’t have access to your DSI Member code, please email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSPI Case Study: How to Pivot When Your Market is Shifting

Markets change; don’t get stuck in a rut. No one has a crystal ball, but this workshop will help you identify the signs that your market is shifting and ways that you can shift with it.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will learn how to forecast market trends and learn how to quickly pivot their business.

Facilitated by Staci Crane, CISA, MBA, Internal Audit Director, Horace Mann

DSI members get a discounted rate of $15 for this session. If you don’t have the code to enter at the registration link, email Lisa in the DSI office.

iSPI Deep Dive: Investment

Angel Investment, Series A, seed funding… what does it all mean, and when do I need it?

Learning Objective:
Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the various types of investments and will learn when to seek and how to ask for investment based on their business stage.

Facilitated by Greg Turk, Director of Investments at Teachers Retirement System of Illinois

DSI members get a discount and only pay $15 for this session. If you don’t have the DSI Member code, email Lisa in the DSI office.

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