Tell us about your business:
Parents Forum offers workshop curricula focused on emotional awareness and designed to help individuals and groups develop resources and create networks to support effective parenting.
How long have you been a member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce?
Since our founding in 1992, over 25 years now!
What is the history of your business?
For the past 25 years we have worked with a variety of community agencies and received support from many businesses and individuals. Our journey has been a financial struggle but very rewarding, both personally and professionally, for all of us involved in Parents Forum.
We are grateful to Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation who provided funds for our website redesign, to our webs designers at OneVisualMind and especially to our top-notch social media and digital marketing advisor, Gail Snow Moraski of Results Communications and Research:
As we step forward into our second quarter-century, we are delighted to have prospective partners around the world, as far away as Algiers, Soweto and Chennai. We also have partners in Europe and elsewhere in the U.S. including next door in Winthrop, Mass.
What is your favorite part of doing business in Cambridge?
Exploring and appreciating the richness of our community and the diversity, intelligence and generosity of its people. Our founder Eve Sullivan will be the guest speaker at Be the Change May 27 at Porter Square Books
where the event will benefit The Parenting Journey.
What piece of advice would you give other business owners?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! When you do so you are giving others a chance that they might not otherwise have to become involved with your work in some way, perhaps a client, perhaps a board member, perhaps a participant. This pearl of wisdom was given to me by the former head of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services who kindly hosted the Parents Forum office for a time in the mid-1990s.
What new or exciting things are happening with your business?
We have created “Spotlight on Conversation” a workforce development initiative based on the Parents Forum agenda and “Learning What We Live\” a youth development initiative similarly based. Our mini-session “How To Tell Somebody Something They’d Rather Not Hear” is a perennial favorite, most recently presented at WeWork in Central Square.
We are launching a friend-raiser and fundraiser on June 1, Global Day of Parents,
and will offer a training to prospective community coordinators, location to be determined, on August 1, Respect for Parents Day. We are eager to hear from parents interested in learning to present our curriculum to others.
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