Business: Starting a Non-Profit
Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor, founders of The Undies Project, and their SCORE mentor Brian Jarvis discuss the basic components for starting a non-profit, including legal entities, accounting practices, finding funding, marketing, development and operations.
The inspiration to create The Undies Project came to Lucy Langley in 2014 while volunteering at Neighbor to Neighbor, a local non-profit organization serving people in need. While she sorted clothes for distribution she realized that underwear was the most under-donated and most needed item of clothing. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go without this basic necessity, or having to make the choice between putting a meal on the table or buying new underwear. Lucy discussed ways to overcome this need with her friend, Laura Delaflor. Laura quickly became very enthusiastic about helping and was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.
Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in begins at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-7:30 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.
Business retail expert Brian Jarvis started with a small shop and ended up running over 1,000 stores for a large organization doing over $1B. His skills in helping the small business owner achieve success are unique to each project and include concept of brands and how to create and nurture unique concepts. Being in cosmetics for many years taught him the importance of product training and development of staff. He has a strong grasp of the financials of retail and back-end technology, plus site selection and construction.