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Make a Local Partnership Pay Off for Your Chapter

Strong industry partnerships enhance any SkillsUSA chapter, but how are they formed? A “goodwill tour” — a brief informational visit to a local business — is a great way to get started.

First, identify a local business to partner with, one you feel could help your chapter grow. Then request an appointment by letter. Once an appointment is set, follow up with a confirmation letter and prepare your presentation. The purpose is to explain what SkillsUSA is and the mutual benefits of a partnership. (You may want to use the new DVD, A Partnership that Pays Off. It was included free in the membership kit that chapters have already received.) After the presentation, write a thank-you letter and follow up with a proposal letter offering the business the opportunity to partner with your chapter.

For a much more detailed guide on preparing your own goodwill tour (including sample letters and more), visit:

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