We have all witnessed the power of helping those in need. That is why non-profits are such an amazing part of our communities. Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation not only nurtures the growth and development of small businesses; the organization also strives to plant strong foundations for non­profits and charitable organizations.
Working with NWMEF is a free and confidential service that non-­profits can use to create a strategy, discuss financial planning and lead discussions within the board, among many other helpful tools. NWMEF works with organizations in Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Holt, Andrew and Gentry counties.
NWMEF Facilitator Keli Morris, works with non-­profits on developing marketing and financial plans, as well as board retention, leadership and succession planning and sets goals for future sustainability. The board, made up of over 60 regional business owners, community leaders and volunteers, help make connections to needed resources and networking opportunities.
A Northwest non-­profit that has benefited from the collaboration with NWMEF is the Andrew County Museum in Savannah, Mo.
“(Working with NWMEF) was extremely helpful in providing guidance on the local culture. Keli’s assistance has provided solid insight on how to move forward in outlining a collaborative business arrangement with local municipal offices and vendors,” Museum Director Cathleen Campbell explains.
Lettuce Dream is a social enterprise in Maryville, Mo and is working towards the creation of hydroponic greenhouses that will facilitate educational training for individuals with development and cognitive disabilities. Director Diane Francis explains how NWMEF helped the board:
“NWMEF was essential to our growth because they helped us connect with the people, and local organizations that would help us reach our goals.”
From leading discussions during board meetings to creating action plans, NWMEF’s mission is focused on assisting organizations to meet their goals.