In conjunction with the redesign and launch of Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Cafe Prevention Web site, area business and community leaders will be on hand tomorrow to help the nonprofit ring in the family health and wellness site. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, 425 E. Trafficway.
The Web site
, designed in-house, sells materials on a number of child-centered and family-oriented concerns, such as alcohol prevention, community issues, early childhood and violence prevention.
"We rely heavily on grants and the generosity of our donors, but in these difficult times we knew we had to diversify our funding sources and leverage our donor dollars more effectively than ever before," Melissa Haddow, executive director of Community Partnership, said in a news release. "The newly designed site will allow us to more effectively help cities and schools across the country.
"And the revenue generated from the sale of our prevention materials goes right back into the Partnership to meet our mission."
Haddow will be one of several speakers at the event.
Jack Stack, CEO of Springfield ReManufacturing Corp. and author of "The Great Game of Business," will speak at the event about entrepreneurship and how for-profit businesses and nonprofits can survive in the global economy, according to the release.
Other speakers will be:
- Roseann Bentley, Greene County commissioner and chairperson of the board of Community Partnership;
- Jim Anderson, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce;
- Norm Ridder, superintendent of Springfield Public Schools;
- Kara Miller, of the Taney County Health Department; and
- Cara Patterson of Brown Derby Inc.
Community Partnership began developing prevention materials in 1995 and began selling them online in 2007. The Cafe Prevention site has been redeveloped based on customer feedback and research, the release said.
According to the release, Cafe Prevention has been used to sell materials to purchasers as far as California and New Jersey, as well as to local sources like the city of Branson and Springfield Public Schools.[[In-content Ad]]