In June 2000 it was agreed by the Branch Chairs that branches should prepare a business plan. Just as APEGA must prepare a business plan, so too should a branch prepare a brief statement of what the branch plans to accomplish over the next 18 months. It will be the foundation for the branch budget. The preparation of this plan should be one of the first activities of a new executive and should be completed by June 30.
Refer to Appendix A for the form that was prepared by Ft. McMurray and agreed to by the Branch Chairs. The form also allows space for reporting progress. It contains:
An executive summary should provide a general statement about the economic
activity in the branch. Is it rising, falling or staying the same? What is happening
to the size of the membership in your branch? What is happening to the branch
activity level in the branch? Is it rising, falling or staying the same? What
are the challenges to be faced in running the branch - money, volunteers, ideas,
programs, change? What are the challenges being faced by your members? How is
the branch going to address these challenges?
A statement should be made about what administrative issues are to be tackled, how, when and by who. It could involve volunteer recruitment, additional financial support (sponsorships), computer support, APEGA office support, governance (effective meetings, decision making), training (how to run a meeting and get things done) etc.
Activities should align with the Terms of Reference. It should identify, for all eight activity areas, the goals and activities that are to be undertaken, how, when and by who.
1. Promote science & technology
2. Improve image with the public
2. Networking Opportunities
3. PD Opportunities
4. Communications conduit
5. Improve image with members
6. Increase member involvement