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TAX ID - 87-1714805
San Antonio, TX
With over 10 years of experience in management consulting, strategic planning, and digital marketing, she is passionate about helping small businesses re-engineer and re-design their organizations to fit their goals personally and professionally. She advises service-based small business owners to overcome their insecurities, setbacks, and fixed-mindset thinking so they can't scale their businesses to the next level.
Lina holds a Master's Degree in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Pennsylvania State University, certificates in Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Corporate Risk Management, Crisis Management, Continuous Improvement, and Digital Marketing.
San Antonio/Austin lawyer dedicated to providing access to affordable, high-quality legal services to nonprofits, small businesses, start-ups, and moderate-income individuals.
Sarah is a Texas-based attorney dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to startups, small businesses, nonprofits, and moderate-income individuals. Her practice encompasses both litigation and transactional matters.
Sarah earned her B.S. in Political Science from Lamar University, her Master of Public Administration from Lamar University, and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. During graduate school, her studies focused on nonprofit creation, development, and management.
Hailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Javier Rubio indulged in the film industry at a young age. After his freshmen year of college at Sacred Heart University, Javier relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to pursue other industry opportunities.
In 2012 he created Monocle Firm, a multimedia company that seeks to incorporate cinematic and creative filming in commercial and independent productions. Monocle has grown with multiple departments, freelance artists, and community services in the past four years.
A Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) of 9 years, Amanda works to introduce principles of Asset Based Community Development & Agile Project Management into redesigning NGOs, community groups, and businesses. Amanda's domestic & international work experiences have served as exploratory studies in her growing research on organizational leadership, leading to the founding of AB Community Development Solutions. Though created to increase the operational efficiency of the beleaguered community serving systems, her consulting also prompts organic growth & sustainable programmatic change.
In her free time, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) educates the general public on the mutual benefits of service-learning through initiatives like Americorps.
What are the Benefits of Being a Board Member in our Nonprofit Business Incubator?
For many people, being a board member conjures up images of wealthy people writing checks and hosting fundraisers. While supporting the financial well-being of a nonprofit is certainly part of a board member’s responsibility, there is a range of roles that board members can play and plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer their time and talent to support an organization they love.
At our Incubator, we pride ourselves on our commitment to building sustainable small businesses with the potential to make a social and economic change in our city and beyond. This means that we are invested in making sure that all of our board members feel deeply connected to the work we do and feel supported in their role as board members. If you’re interested in learning more about what being a board member at Emerge and Rise, Inc - Business Incubator entails, read on!
How does this opportunity affect my busy schedule?
Our board meets once per month. You can also meet with your fellow board members or other committees throughout the month as needed. Our commitment is to maximize your time, so we plan to meet when it’s most convenient for you and the other board members. Time management is an essential component of being a director, and something that we’ll discuss when you first get on board with us! Board service is a true commitment of time and energy.
How can I help develop other businesses within my industry or niche?
Each day you’ll have an opportunity to support other businesses by sitting on their board. The best part about supporting these startups and local small businesses is that they will likely have skills, knowledge, and needs that complement your own business. If there’s something you could use help with, reach out to one of these entrepreneurs! The relationships you build will not only be valuable for expanding your network, but it can also help spark new ideas for your own business.
How much time do I need to invest, and when do meetings take place?
The amount of time you will spend as a board member will vary from organization to organization. Our meetings, for example, take place once a month and last about an hour—plus additional time for team meetings or project planning as needed. As for what kind of commitment we're looking for, we’re not going to ask you to travel across town every Tuesday night for six months. We estimate that board service could be a commitment of 6 to 8 hours each month. In addition, we ask for attendance at special events, etc. All meetings will be in a hybrid format and most communication will take place via email.
How will I be involved in decision making within the organization's management team?
Outside of meetings, you'll have an opportunity to provide input on current projects and initiatives through email and zoom meetings. You may also participate in one-on-one meetings with other members of management as needed. In general, we like everyone on our board to have a thorough understanding of all that's going on with Emerge and Rise, Inc. and its affiliates, so you can be confident we will ask for your input when necessary or appropriate. We're here to grow together, after all!
What do I get out of being a volunteer board member?
As with most volunteer roles, there is no monetary benefit to being on an incubator board. You will not be compensated for your time and effort. Although you do get some professional development from serving on our board, it’s still difficult to quantify that particular reward when compared to, say, making money.
So why volunteer your services?
The rewards that come from serving as a board member can be non-financial or non-tangible benefits. These include networking opportunities, leadership development, and lifelong learning experiences.
Here are some additional benefits:
1. Speaking Opportunities - by serving on an incubator board, you get access to speaking opportunities at networking events and other venues. You’ll be able to share your experience with others and talk about what it takes to start a business from scratch. These speaking opportunities can lead to more visibility for your business, as well as help you build new relationships that could help you in your career or personal life.
2. Mentorship Opportunities - serving on an incubator board also gives you access to mentorship opportunities, which can be just as valuable as networking or speaking opportunities. You’ll get to work with experienced business professionals who have been through similar situations and can help guide you through your own career path or startup journey. Even if you don’t consider yourself a mentor-type person, serving on an incubator board is one way to gain valuable mentorship experience that will benefit your career later on down the road.
3. Networking Opportunities - by serving on an incubator board, you get access to networking opportunities with other business professionals and entrepreneurs who serve on similar boards. These relationships can be valuable for your career, as well as your personal life. By getting to know these people and building new relationships, you’ll open yourself up to more opportunities down the road—both personally and professionally.
4. Collaboration Opportunities - whether you’re starting a business or leading an organization, collaboration is an important part of success. Serving on an incubator board gives you access to opportunities for collaboration with other members and organizations that serve a similar purpose.
5. Professional Development - by serving on an incubator board, you get access to professional development opportunities that can help you advance your career and improve your skills as an entrepreneur or business leader. You’ll learn how to run an organization, manage employees, and make decisions that will benefit your organization—and your career.
Who are the other members on the board and what do they do?
In addition to our two founders, we have two other board members. We select our board members based on their expertise. We have space for four more members. Six is an excellent number for getting things done because it’s just big enough that each member gets a substantial amount of face time and leaves with new tasks completed.
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