The Local Business Institute develops educational programs that advance local business and local economic ecosystems.
Unity in Diversity provides tools to discover what your actions could accomplish. We approach this quest with open minds that seek to celebrate our differences, not homogenize our
communities. We embrace the truth that the sum of us is greater than the parts. We listen to
understand, not to answer. We will not tell you what you should do. Instead we help you to know what is possible. Unity in Diversity provides an avenue to act intentionally and avoid just checking the box or participating in tokenism.
By participating in Unity in Diversity, your leadership through intentional actions will influence those around you. We can’t eradicate racism but with thousands of small steps we can marginalize racism, not people. Join the march with the first step to Unity in Diversity.
The Local Business Institute offers a comprehensive guide for crisis planning and preparedness that includes online and live training options, facilitator resources and participant toolkits to help business owners and their employees to develop a customized, flexible plan to protect their business and employees, and to mitigate the financial impact of any unexpected catastrophe or crisis. These are real-life planning tools about how to go about re-opening a business quickly after an unexpected crisis. In a post-covid world, this self-directed curriculum is practical, actionable, flexible and responsive featuring the latest resources from official organizations at the city, state and federal level.
The ability to communicate is at the core of our work together. Successful communication, both directly and indirectly, is the cohesion of our teams, the harmony of our workplace and the strength of our leadership. Understanding others through both strength and empathy provides insight, but communicating that understanding unites us into a fully functioning work group.
Soft skills are the human side of effectively working together. But soft doesn’t mean lightweight. Indeed, without “people skills” our ideas fall flat, our initiatives go nowhere, our leaders have no followers. From entry employees to new managers to top leaders, everyone at every career stage needs soft skills. This program is designed to provide training to engage and inspire others through better communication.
This course offers a series of modules that are designed in learning tracks, based on the participant’s current status in any company’s hierarchy. Suitable for all level of employees, we have custom tracks to accommodate for young people, new to the workforce, transitioning employees who may be new to the company or in a new role and for those in leadership, we have a management track that will focus on effective leadership—all in hopes of making sure the content provided is both helpful and relevant for all participants.
Cooperatives have long been part of the economic fabric of our communities and our nation. Begun as collectives as early as 1735 to bring community members together to weather economic challenges, cooperatives came into more common practice in the great depression. Seen as self-help organizations, they were billed as “brotherhood economics” as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal to get America back on it’s feet. It is no accident that today, we once again look to brotherhood economics to help our communities get back on their feet.
From strong beginnings as farming and manufacturing cooperatives, co-ops became the vehicle for so many in the 1970s as a new generation sought an alternative to corporate America. Embracing brotherhood economics, co-ops emerged in food, housing, arts and crafts as viable alternatives to traditional business. It’s time to bring brotherhood economics into the 21st century as a serious economic development tool.
The Local Business Institute is pleased to present this program in answer to the call for growing cooperatives in Texas and throughout the nation. As in much of the county, Austin faces challenges in affordable housing, income inequity, survival of our creative community, healthy food security, early childhood education, resilience of our local businesses and more. A thriving cooperative community can amplify and assist in each of these challenges.