20 In Office Event Ideas for Your Small Business - Small Business Trends

20 In Office Event Ideas for Your Small Business - Small Business Trends


20 In Office Event Ideas for Your Small Business - Small Business Trends

Posted: 30 Sep 2019 06:00 AM PDT

Small business owners need their staff to bond with each other in order to ensure a good working relationship that benefits the company. They can achieve this with a variety of events and activities that are either free or inexpensive and can be hosted right there in the office itself.



In Office Event Ideas

Here are twenty of the best in office event ideas.

Two Truths and a Lie

A brilliant ice-breaking game that helps team members get to know each other better while having a bit of fun in the process. Form a circle and have each employee introduce themselves before revealing two true things and one false thing about themselves. Everybody else then has fun trying to figure out which of the three things is not true.

Suddenly Stories

Gather everyone together and start a story with three sentences, then say 'suddenly…'. This is the cue for the next person to continue the story with their own three sentences, which they end with the word 'suddenly…' again. The next person then takes over and so on. This word game helps your staff innovate new content based on what came before as well as forcing them to be creative while the spotlight is on them.

Jigsaw Puzzle Race

Get several of the same jigsaw puzzles and split your staff into teams who must then race to complete the puzzle before their rival teams. It is an excellent activity for developing teamwork skills and helps focus their collective minds on a single task.

The Egg Drop Challenge

This team-building exercise has been gaining popularity in the last few years due to its quirkiness. Split your staff into teams who must use only simple materials such as sticky tape, cardboard rolls, paper and the like to create a structure around an uncooked egg that must protect it when dropped from a significant height.

What's My Name?

This fun game has been parodied in a number of TV comedy shows, perhaps most notably in The Office where the well-meaning but idiotic Michael Scott makes an utter mess of his company's diversity training day. Stick to celebrities from any era and write their names on paper that you stick to each other's foreheads or backs and then try and figure out who is written on yours.

Sneak-a-Peek

This game is a test of your staff's descriptive and communication skills as well as their creativity. An object or shape is made out of building blocks (such as Lego) and one member of each team gets to 'sneak a peek' at the structure before returning to their group and describing it to them so they can recreate it as accurately as possible.

Board Game Tournaments

Spend an afternoon engaging in some board game tournaments to relieve stress, reward employees for their hard work, and to help everybody either work together or compete in friendly fun. The low stakes of such games means everybody enjoys themselves, even when they lose!

Office Trivia Games

Expand everybody's knowledge with a few rounds of general knowledge trivia as well as some specific categories that are relevant to your business or individual members of staff. Split into teams to challenge each other and work together to win points and maybe even a prize!

Catch Phrase

This game involves teams describing a phrase or thing without saying the name of it directly. It is a great way to get your employees working together while teaching them how to communicate with one another.

Office Improv Workshop

Improv or comedy workshops are another fun way to help your staff develop useful skills such as communication and concentration. These interactive experiences can be hosted right there in the office, and for a small fee you might be able to get an experienced improv expert to pop in and get the shenanigans underway.

Hero, Highlight and Hardship

Get each member of staff (including yourself and other management) to share a hero who influenced them, a special highlight of their life so far, and also a hardship that they endured and perhaps also had an influence on the person they are today. This game helps you all get to know other on a much deeper level, strengthening the bond between you and the respect you have for each other.

Strengths-Finding Workshops

Initiate a strengths-finding workshop so that your staff can learn more about their own strengths as well as those of their workmates. By helping them understand each other's strengths as well as their own, they will become a much more effective team.

Concentration or Pairs

A simple card game where teams must work together to remember where matching pairs of the same symbol are in an arrangement of otherwise facedown identical cards.

Democratic Employee Awards

Instead of the boss deciding who is the employee of the month according to sales figures or other such stats, let the staff themselves vote. Other factors then come into play besides just cold hard numbers. It might be someone's willingness to help others will see them rewarded, or perhaps another's dedication to tasks that often get overlooked will finally get some recognition.

Active Shooter Training

While hopefully not something your staff will actually ever need, knowing that your workmates are equipped with the knowledge and ability to handle a terrible situation will strengthen their bond and the trust they have in each other.

Table Sports

A foosball or table tennis table are not too expensive and don't take up much room, but they can be great for staff to unwind and you can even organize mini-tournaments to encourage fun interactions between staff members.

Themed Sales Day

Organize a themed sales day that alternates work tasks with games. Provide snacks to enhance the fun factor and perhaps even encourage fancy dress for the day. Award fun prizes for the teams or individuals that generate the best sales for that day.

Customized Jeopardy!

Come up with several questions in a variety of categories related to your business or industry and then form teams to compete by answering the questions.

Untangle the Human Knot

This team-bonding and problem-solving exercise involves everyone standing in a circle, putting their right hand in the air and grasping the hand of someone on the other side of the circle, then linking your left hand to someone else's. Then the game is to untangle yourselves without letting go of each other's hands. Sounds easy until you try it.

Group Grouping Challenge

Split everybody into smaller groups and then challenge them to sort themselves according to a variety of categories. Some of the categories can be easy such as height, age or hair length.

However, you can really help them get to know each other by including categories such as how many countries they have visited, how many music bands they have seen play live, how many siblings they have or how many sports teams they follow. The possibilities are quite literally endless.

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Looking For A Business Plan Alternative? Consider A Business Model Canvas For Startups - Forbes

Posted: 30 Sep 2019 06:00 AM PDT

By Rieva Lesonsky

Is the thought of writing a business plan holding you back from starting a business? If you're eager to get your business idea off the ground—without the drudgery of creating a massive document first—a business model canvas for startups might be right for you.

What is a business model canvas for startups?

A business model canvas is a quick-start alternative to a business plan. It helps you think through the most important aspects of startup—such as your product or service, your target market, and the resources you'll need to launch—in a brief chart format.

When to use a business model canvas

Why might you want to use a business model canvas instead of a traditional business plan? Here are some situations where a business model canvas might be appropriate:

  • You suddenly have an opportunity you want to act on. Maybe a restaurant space is for lease in the exact area you dream of launching your restaurant. Perhaps you have the chance to form a partnership with someone who has lots of the resources you need to start a business. Using a business model canvas can enable you to act quickly before opportunity slips away.
  • You want to beat the competition. If you have an innovative business idea, such as a software application or invention, using the business model canvas can help you be first to market. In a highly competitive space, other startups are likely planning launches similar to yours; the business model canvas can help you get the jump on them.
  • You don't need outside financing. If you are trying to get a bank loan, angel capital, or venture capital, you'll need to have a traditional business plan ready to show the financing source. But if you have sufficient startup capital on your own, there's no law saying that you have to follow the traditional business plan format.
  • You want to rapidly assess the viability of your idea. Writing a traditional business plan will reveal any flaws in your idea; however, a business model canvas can help you pinpoint problems faster. Using a business model canvas, you can decide immediately if your idea will fly or if you need to revise it or scrap it and move on to another concept.

Of course, some people just prefer the speed of a business model canvas and don't want to spend weeks or months crafting a lengthy traditional business plan. If this is you, go ahead and try the business model canvas. Just keep in mind this format isn't an excuse for neglecting the details of planning your startup.

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What's included in a business model canvas for startups

The business model canvas for startups takes a high-level view of your business idea and focuses on the key elements you'll need to make it viable. Developed by Alexander Osterwalder, it's a one-page document in chart form that covers the nine "building blocks" that help your business startup make money.

  1. Key partners: Who are the buyers, suppliers, partners, and other alliances that can help you accomplish core business activities?
  2. Key activities: What are the most important actions you need to take in order to fulfill your value propositions, strengthen customer relationships, secure distribution channels, and maximize revenue streams?
  3. Key resources: What essential resources are needed to launch and run your business and create value for your customers?
  4. Unique value proposition: What products and services do you plan to offer? What customer needs do they meet? How do they differentiate your business from your competition?
  5. Customer segments: What customer groups will your business serve? Identify the customer personas that your business provides value for.
  6. Customer relationships: What relationships will you build with your customer segments? What kind of relationship does each customer segment expect?
  7. Channels: What distribution methods will you use to deliver your products or services to your target market?
  8. Cost structure: What will it cost to start and sustain your business? Which resources and activities will be the most expensive?
  9. Revenue streams: How will your business make money? How will you price your products and services? Are there other potential revenue streams?

You can create a business model canvas on paper or a whiteboard. There are also several apps you can use to create your business model canvas; they allow you to incorporate additional information, easily save and share the business model canvas, and more.

Where to get help with the business model canvas

There are several places to get help creating your business model canvas. You can start by watching this SCORE webinar on using the Business Model Canvas. Then visit Strategyzer, Canvanizer, and Xtensio to find a business model canvas tool you can use. You'll also find sample business model canvas examples, resources, and training to help.

Both the traditional business plan and the business model canvas can help startup entrepreneurs evaluate their ideas and make important decisions about launching their startup.

Of course, you can use both methods if you want. Many entrepreneurs start with a business model canvas to give them a "jump start" and then flesh out a traditional business plan further down the road.

(Disclosure: SCORE is a client of my company.)

I am CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email me at rieva@smallbizdaily.com, follow me on Twitter @Rieva, and visit my website SmallBizDaily.com to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for my free TrendCast reports. Read all of Rieva Lesonsky's articles.

RELATED: Don't Waste Time on a Startup Business Plan—Do These 5 Things Instead

This article was originally published on AllBusiness.

US Small Business Administration comes to Johnson C. Smith University - WBTV

Posted: 26 Sep 2019 06:55 PM PDT

"We recognize that there are some very, very sharp students who graduate from these HBCUs," U.S. SBA Deputy District Director Michael Arriola said. "And we sort of find it incumbent upon us - on ourselves to tap into those talents to sort of connect them to our resources to take them further."

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