A Circle of Ten, Inc.-Network for Collaboration (C10)

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A Circle of Ten, Inc.--Network for Collaboration, (C10) a nonprofit agency, has trained and supported 913 leaders to multiply partnerships impacting economic development since 1996. Mission: To empower leaders and foster healthy collaborations to improve quality of life. Vision: C10 is a catalyst and neutral intermediary agency that builds capacity of leaders and communities, multiplies services, and increases funding in rural Texas. Services: C10’s Rural Collaboration Resource Center “connects people with resources” through services, training, and support to build individual and agency capacity; and through inclusion in regional Initiatives. Our base service, *Process of Collaboration (Part I), 3-Day workshop, is offered monthly, in small-tailored classes of 10-15 people, building on existing skills while addressing individual and agency needs. The Workshop links leadership, community organizing, program development and grant writing. The focus in The Next Step-Part II Workshop is on three real grants. Other training topics: Working with the Media; Board Basics; Internet Research; How to Organize Your Agency; Guided Collaborations; Strategic Planning; and Nonprofit Start-up. Other Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of an agency, board, community, or funding entities desiring training for those they fund. Texas A&M University is hosting “the largest gathering of funders in the nation” at the Eighth Annual Funders’ Forum & Networking Gathering,” Oct. 8 & 9 in Bryan. More than 40 funding representatives from federal, state and private funding agencies will meet face-to-face with 300 participants who travel hundreds of miles to learn about grant monies to meet needs in their community. Funders come from Washington D.C. and across Texas to offer nine panels, 20-30 exhibitor tables and 140-plus Individual Consultations to leaders from nonprofits, schools, colleges/universities and communities. The 2010 Forum will be held in East Texas. C10 is accepting applications for Host/Sponsor cities. Regional Initiatiave Opportunities available within C10’s Network, include: Department of Energy’s Rebuild America-Rural Community Building Initiatiave brings leadership opportunities impacting economic development, tourism, the environment/emissions, workforce, and affordable housing. Rebuild America Targeted Community see $20 for each $1 invested. The Dept Of Energy, State Energy Conservation Office and partners approved Texas College and Greater Alto Areas as new “Targeted Communities” in 2009. Both communities plan Green Academies with Apprenticeship and Certification programs, and other leadership and community development opportunities. Other Regional Initiatives include: East Texas Virtual Village, Gateway to American Opportunities, Rural Arts Initiatiave Network, East Texas Just Transportation Alliance, and Rural Entrepreneur Support Network. C10’s 12,761 square foot Small Business Incubator provides “Training and Support to Entrepreneurs” with office and retail single and/or suites, and storage areas A package of shared services reduces overhead for start-up businesses/nonprofit agencies. C10 Alumni (those completing Part I Workshop The Process of Collaboration) represent non-profit agencies, schools, colleges, universities and governmental entities. Alumni volunteers support the operations of A Circle of Ten, Inc. and provide professional peer support to other Alumni. The US Dept of Energy, Texas State Energy Conservation Office and TX A&M University-Energy Systems Laboratory support efforts to bring energy efficient technologies to rural Texas. Corporations, foundations, banks, schools, service groups and individuals support leadership development by sponsoring workshop scholarships to leverage funding investments. C10’s administrative offices are in the Jacksonville Business Incubator. C10’s Retreat Center, on 25 acres near Edom, offers training, meeting, office and retreat space. Long-range plans include an Arts & Education Center with cabins built around an eco-environmental model. ETVV technology labs are in 17 rural locations, including a college, library, schools, churches and nonprofit agencies.

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