Does Your Organization Need More Innovative Thinkers?

first_imgFor Immediate ReleaseContact: Bruce Seifer, Assistant Director for Economic Development, 865-7179Does Your Organization Need More Innovative Thinkers?Burlingtons Community and Economic Development Office is sponsoring a free workshop hosted by Forward Leap Consulting.Five Ways to Unleash the Creative Potential Within Your OrganizationWhen: Friday, November 9, 20077:30AM-9:30AMWhere: City Hall, conference room 12Coffee and refreshments servedThis interactive workshop will allow participants to discuss and generate solutions to innovative issues. A recent survey found 89% of responding employees felt that innovation was among their top five work priorities, 44% of those same respondents gave their organizations a low rating in how well the innovation process was understood.In this workshop you will learn:-The difference between innovation and creativity-Easy-to-implement ideas that will ignite creativity within your organization-Teamwork skills vital for collaborative innovationThis interactive workshop will also allow participants to discuss and generate solutions to innovation issues. Be prepared to use your creativity and take some great ideas back to your workplace.Register today at (802) 324-8326 or by e-mail at leslie@forwardleapconsulting.com(link sends e-mail) “I’m pleased that the City’s CEDO department and Forward Leap Consulting is helping to support businesses and other organizations with this workshop,” said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. “In a competitive business environment, innovation and creativity are essential. We need to encourage new ideas wherever we can find them.”CEDO offers comprehensive business assistance through partner workshops and other programs such as energy efficiency, Renewal Community tax credits, commercial space finder, business planning, technical assistance and our business loan program. Call CEDO today for more information or to set up an appointment to start your business.last_img read more

You received an ADA compliance demand letter. Now what?

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Marne Franklin For nearly 15 years, Marne Franklin developed programming strategy, writing and creating promos and hosted air shifts for some of the most respected broadcast radio networks in the country. As … Web: www.yourmarketing.co Details Another month has passed and another round of credit unions are scrambling to deal with demand letters regarding the ADA compliance of their website.As credit unions large and small from coast to coast have learned, the lack of formal regulation from the Department of Justice has not prevented attorneys from seeking damages on behalf of unnamed clients in their state. Since making a site ADA compliant takes time – and sometimes requires an entirely new site build – you may be wondering what to do next.(Note: I am not an attorney and the advice given here is based on my experience with this issue and should not be considered binding legal advice)Talk to your website company or find a new company that can either update your current site to bring it up to compliance standards or can build you a new compliant site. Sometimes it is easier and more cost effective to start over than to try and retroactively update a site.Add language to your site that directs visually impaired users to call. This won’t guarantee you won’t receive a demand letter but it shows you are proactively working to make your site accessible for all. Make sure the text is on each page and accessible by text readers. This suggestion stems from a step taken after the so-called “Domino’s ruling” which you can read more about here.Reach out to your state credit union league for advice. From our experience, leagues nationwide are actively dealing with this issue and ready to help. In fact, many leagues are holding round table discussions and CEO forums to work on strategies for dealing with demand letters.All of us in the credit union industry want to be inclusive and make our branches, ATMs and websites accessible. The issue isn’t that we don’t want to help visually, cognitively or hearing impaired members and potential members. It is that there is a lot of uncertainty and potential cost in making updates to websites. And without a clearly defined outline of what makes a site compliant, there is uncertainty that changes we make now won’t be enough in the future. For now, the best suggestion is to use what we know about the standards, look to legal precedents set in other industries and move forward in good faith to make the sites accessible to as many people as possible.If you are looking for a new, ADA compliant website or have questions about updating your existing site, reach out to marne@getuncommn.com.last_img read more

Board ‘overrules’ Angelicum closure notice; school head quits

first_imgFriday morning, the Board issued what it called a “corrective statement.” Part of it read: “This is to inform the public that the Board of the Trustees of Angelicum School, Inc., Jaro, Iloilo City hereby overrules and recalls the announcement of the ‘Notice of ASIL’s Cessation of Operation’ as issued by her Director last May 27, 2020.” The Board of Trustees of Angelicum overruled the announced cessation of the school’s operation. Opened in 1978 with 70-plus students and four teaching staff, Angelicum School Iloilo pioneered the non-graded, open-classroom education system in the Philippines. Gatela’s announcement of Angelicum’s closure alarmed Mayor Jerry Treñas. He expressed fear that more private schools here could shut down, thereby adversely affecting the education of students and economically displacing private school teachers./PN In a “Corrective Statement” issued yesterday, the Board clarified that it and the Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of the Philippines “didn’t approve any cessation of operation.” “The experience of the 4th Grading Period was difficult for all of us. The sad part was that (Angelicum) was not ready and failed miserably in delivering the services,” read part of Gatela’s statement. ILOILO City – Angelicum School Iloilo is not closing after all. The Dominicans, a religious order, operates Angelicum, a Catholic private school here offering preschool, elementary and high school education.center_img The Board also announced it had accepted the resignation of Angelicum school administrator Father Maximo Gatela. The corrective statement was signed by Father Napoleon Sipalay Jr., prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Angelicum School. As the situation of uncertainty continued, according to Gatela, “we cannot prolong the 4th Grading experience throughout the whole school year nor keep you hanging in the air.” Gatela issued a statement on Wednesday night announcing that Angelicum would cease operating by July 1, 2020. In announcing Angelicum’s cessation of operation on Wednesday night, Gatela cited the difficulty that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created. It is also known for the Lizares Mansion in its compound, a former heritage house and one of Iloilo City’s imposing landmarks.last_img read more