by Thiago Rezende
In a capitalist world where everything revolves around money, the concept of a nonprofit organization may seem strange or just plain extraterrestrial. We’ve heard about these organizations many times, and let’s be honest, most of us still don’t fully understand what they do and how they work. It’s like that super cool new toy everybody talks about but only a few have had the chance to see or play with it and understand what it is.
Nonprofits are involved in many initiatives other than charity, human rights, environmental issues, animal rights, or others. We tend to restrict the definition of the nonprofit organization’s nature. By doing so, other areas that nonprofits are dedicated to go completely unnoticed. The area of business is an example that is commonly overlooked. How can a nonprofit organization be involved with and dedicated to helping businesses if it’s an organization that does not seek profit by default? Can these two opposites coexist? Is it even possible?!
Entrepreneur centers are the answer to these questions and the place where this coexistence exists. The core purpose of the entrepreneur center is to help people achieve their goal of starting their own business. And guess what - most of the services are typically free of charge!
Now you’re probably thinking “Oh ok, that’s pretty cool, but did you say FREE? Why would someone provide services like that at no cost? What’s the catch?”
And that’s ok; it’s a question people ask frequently. We are a society that is accustomed to being charged for everything. When we are offered help and assistance at no cost, we are skeptical and red flags go up. However, the good news is, there is no catch!
The design of the nonprofit is carefully structured to raise funds to sustain the cost of its existence in order to provide free services to the community. Nonprofits don’t offer free services as bait so they can charge you later. The goal is to help people; it’s as simple as that. Entrepreneur centers are no different from any other nonprofit organization.
Let’s look at a few key points on how a nonprofit Entrepreneur Center works:
You may be surprised to learn there are many entrepreneur centers located all over the country. It’s important for people to know services of this nature are available in their communities and to spread the word. There are people with great business ideas but they may have no clue how or where to start. You may even be one of them!
As more people become aware of nonprofits and educate themselves on how these organizations work, the misconceptions that foster taboos will make way for interest and excitement, both for making use of these services and for referring others. The potential creation of new businesses and new jobs can help grow the local economy and strengthen the community. The community, in turn, continues to contribute to the nonprofit in order to further the local economic growth. In the end, everybody wins.