See those beans grow!

fairPic2011The recent Christmas Fair was evidence that there are already a number of community enterprises – creative small businesses offering goods and services to the Marham community.

Part of SEC’s remit as a community charity is to foster ethical enterprise. Helping support people’s creativity and populate a local economy with new energy.

Maybe you have an idea, but are unsure about how to start, not clear about what to do to turn your creativity into a structured business?

Beans (our new idea name so far, although together we might change it) can be an informal network of like minded people in the Marham community, coming together to share their thoughts on what to do, marketing, money or anything else that helps support you.

What to do first? We need a volunteer, or volunteers, to help co-ordinate the group.

SEC can offer a no-cost platform for the activity, providing web pages, formal business advice, networking experience and professional support across a variety of creative themes. We’ll find a place to meet regularly, in a non-judgemental and supportive atmosphere, where you can talk to others about your ideas or problems.

If the community picks up the idea of a LETS scheme for the area, you could use the new alternative currency to dip your toe into the market place, with no risk.

We could start an online directory of beans members, featuring your goods or services – provide you with a web site if you don’t have one yet, help you think about counting your own beans (keeping the books really).

Practical, grounded advice – whether your aim is to make one cake or one hundred, to create and craft one piece of jewelry or a thousand – helping to get your idea started at just the level you want and no more.

If you would like to help use our contact us page on the SEC main web site and let us know. We’ll be in touch.

Image: Ready for customers at the Marham Christmas Fair

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Creative Choices?

The Creative Choices web site is a great way to dip into further learning about the subjects that you are passionate about.

The site has 100 free, short courses you can access. Every month the site offers access to modules, that do not even require the simple registration form to be completed.

This month Creative Choices have a module on Thinking Creatively: Developing your personal creativity.

Simple and effective, the short on-line pages help you think about yourself, problem solving and how what others have done to achieve their goals can help you.

Whether it’s starting a new business, getting involved in drama or art, whatever your passion – knowing more about yourself is a great way to get the best from new opportunities.

Give it a try – developed by The Open University for you.