SBDC Helps Reorganize

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 7th Judicial District or CASA as they are commonly referred to, underwent a huge transition in early 2014 starting with a reorganization and downsizing. Then only a few weeks later their Executive Director resigned with short notice to take care of her ailing parents in another state. Carlton Mason was promoted to be their new Executive Director.

Although Carlton had owned his own business and was working on a contract basis for CASA, taking over as the Executive Director was not in his immediate plans. He knew he needed help.
So, he called the SBDC knowing they were the go to place for training and consulting.
The local SBDC consultant met with Carlton many times over the year helping guide him through his transition. She helped him create a business plan for CASA to operate from. They also strategized on Board of Directors management and development, organizational structure, hosting a fund-raising event, long-term strategic planning and many other topics. CASA recently moved into a larger and more appropriate office area with a play yard for the kids they work with. These positive changes have happened because of the help he received from the SBDC. Carlton is so glad he met with the SBDC director and sees the SBDC as his “go to” resource when he gets stuck. CASA was in poor financial shape when he took the helm but now Carlton proudly says, CASA has a solid plan for its future because of the SDBC.”

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