Frequently Asked Questions:
- What exactly is an Arizona Benefit Corporation?
An Arizona Benefit Corporation is a for-profit company with a social conscience! B-Corps are purpose-driven and create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.
- What is the purpose of Starshine Communities?
Our purpose is to create collaborative communities of small business owners resulting in positive personal, social and economic impact.
- How can Starshine help my business?
Our Business Education seminars are based on our members input as to what they need to help their business succeed. Many of our topics focus on Sales, Marketing, Social Media, Operations and Finance.
- How are Starshine Business Education Seminars different?
We take great pride in providing speakers that focus on great content and not a sales pitch. Our seminars are also hands-on in style; meaning instead of hearing how to do something, you will actually be doing "it" during the class.
- How can Starshine help me?
Many of our members seek help to create a step-by-step action plan to move them towards their goals and then request a gentle nudge to complete those actions. This is where having a Starshine Accountability Partner comes into play.
- How does Starshine help promote me and my business?
Think of your Starshine membership as part of your marketing plan. Not only do members refer business to other members, we also offer speaking opportunities along with other joint promotional efforts. For instance, a few of the members may decide to share a tradeshow booth or place a joint media ad.
- Why do you insist that Starshine is NOT a networking organization?
Our focus at Starshine is to provide the tools you need for your business to succeed - from marketing and revenue generating ideas, to solutions for day to day challenges, and inspiration to keep you going on those days where you may be questioning if entrepreneurship right for you. And, yes, we all have those days!
- Are all Starshine Communities for women only?
No. Our flagship location at the Glendale Airport (near Westgate) is for female entrepreneurs. Other locations are open to both women and men.
- What do I receive with my membership fee?
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, Business Education Seminars, Wellness Workshops and Accountability Partnerships all in a non-judgmental, safe, empowering and inclusive environment.
- With my one community membership, can I attend events at any community location?
YES, if you purchase the StarshineAZ Membership plan! With this all access membership, you can attend any Learn & Launch (Business Education Seminar), Take Care (Wellness Workshop) or Power Circle (Peer-to-Peer Mentoring) held during the month at any of our current locations.
- How do Members find the time to attend all the Starshine events?
That's the beauty of Starshine, you are not obligated to attend all the events. We simply wanted you to have options so that you can pick and choose where you want to focus your efforts each month. In fact, based on member feedback, we now have some days where you can attend (2) events on the same day to help with time management and schedule blocking.
- Are all of the Starshine events “For Members Only”?
No. The Business Education Seminars and the Wellness Workshops are open to the public. While FREE for members, there is a fee for the general public to attend. The Peer Mentoring Power Circles are exclusive to members only.
- Why do Starshine Members feel that the Power Circles "are worth the price of admission"?
Many of our members work from home and are building their business on their own. Attending a peer-to-peer mentoring Power Circle gives them and you the opportunity to be surrounded by other like-minded professionals and receive problem-solving ideas and encouragement. But don't take our word for it, check out the "Testimonials" page to hear what are members are saying about the support they receive from Starshine.
- Do you offer a trial membership?
Although we do not offer a trail membership, you can attend your 1st event for FREE when you select "Redeem Complimetnary Guest Pass" when registering to determine if a Starshine Community membership is right for YOU.
- Do you offer a student membership?
Newer entrepreneurs that could use a “hand up” can apply for our Reach for the STARs* scholarship program. Eligibility requirements and application packet are on our website. Click on "Scholarship" under more links.
*Reach for the STARs is a fiscally sponsored project of Silver Lining Riding 501c3.
- Is my membership fee tax deductible?
YES! However, you do need to itemize your expenses. So, if you don’t itemize you will not be able to take the deduction.
- I love your purpose! How can I help?
Thank you for your support! You can help by becoming a member, sponsoring a member or contributing to our scholarship fund. Have another idea in mind? Then by all means, contact us and let’s explore the opportunities!