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 Peer Advisory Power Circles are based on our members challenges as to what they need to help their business succeed. Many of our topics focus on Sales, Marketing, Social Media, Operations and Finance.
- 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. Click here to hear what our members have to say.
- 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 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 community started for female entrepreneurs. Other communities are open to both women and men.
- What do I receive with my membership fee?
Peer Advisory Power Circles, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and Accountability Partnerships all in a non-judgmental, safe, empowering and inclusive environment. Check out our current membership plans here.
- 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 Advisory 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 trial membership, we do welcome you to participate in one of our Peer Mentoring Power Circles for FREE! Simply register for the circle of your choose by selecting the "FREE Trial" ticket type.
- 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 here to contact us and request an application packet.
*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!