SPARKS and SIPS is a quarterly B:CIVIC event designed to spark ideas through a 60-90 minute workshop followed by happy hour sipping and networking with other cool companies. You can choose to attend both the workshop and the networking – or just one or the other. The interactive SPARKS workshops are designed to address hot community involvement and corporate philanthropy topics, highlight member activities and tips, offer opportunities for discussion and best practice sharing, and provide actionable information that can spark new ideas about how your company can take its community involvement to the next level right away.

The inaugural SPARKS AND SIPS is The Power of Purpose. As we start 2015, it is a great time to clarify or revisit the true motivations your company has for giving back and being engaged in the community. Is the feel good of giving back for employee engagement your main goal? Building a stronger reputation in the community? Customer retention or exposure to new potential markets? Or…? Maybe it’s a combo of several drivers.

Too often companies jump straight into doing “stuff,” with no strategy or clear sense of why they choose one cause over another or which community organization to support. While you may hit the jackpot with a great experience, many times the effort and other resources you put in may not bear the desired fruit. A key contributor to not having the impact you wanted may be that the giving strategies chosen don’t align with the company’s actual underlying motivations and purpose(s). Maybe you’re focusing on what you think is a “politically correct” purpose by focusing solely on community benefits instead of acknowledging you can do double duty so both your company and the community benefit. The workshop is co-presented by B:CIVIC and Community Shares of Colorado and will help you clarify the true motivations your company has for being involved in Colorado communities. You will gain insights on how to better plan and focus your efforts to do a lot of good AND be in alignment with your purpose. Once you truly identify your company’s purpose, you can create much more powerful win-win strategies and programs to implement.

3:30 – 5:00 SPARKS Workshop, The Power of Purpose
5:00 – 7:00 SIPS Networking (NOTE: Happy hour prices run from 4-6pm.)
Location: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202

The workshop will be held in the private Maury Brown Room. Networking will be held in the upstairs bar/landing area. Only 40 Spots Available for the FREE SPARKS Workshop portion. So don’t delay, register now: CLICK HERE

The SIPS networking is a business-only event and is open to B:CIVIC members and other business people interested in learning more about B:CIVIC and its programs. Please feel free to spread the word and invite your friends and colleagues! CLICK HERE to register for the networking only.