Meet the Partners: Chick-fil-A, Forrest Firm, and Parklife Communications

At ReCity Network, we strive to work in partnership with area businesses that believe in our mission to create social impact in the Bull City. Several companies have signed up to promote and benefit the network in different ways. Here’s a handy guide to some of the active partners currently involved with ReCity Network and how you can benefit from their services.

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Chick-fil-A
Have you noticed that we’ve been serving a Chick-fil-A lunch for ReCity members on the second Tuesday of the month? This partnership began in April, courtesy of Matt Rice, Director of Personnel at Chick-fil-A’s Roxboro Road location in North Durham. In his role at Chick-fil-A, Matt leads and develops the staff of team members and leaders within his store.

Matt believes in our mission at ReCity and had this to say about the organization’s contribution to network: “We are passionate about influencing the community through a variety of ways, with food being a major part of that. As we continue to impact our community with our food, our service, and our skills, I could not imagine ReCity not being a part of that larger picture as they impact so many lives and organizations.

Visit Matt and the team at Chick-fil-A on Roxboro Road in Durham. Watch your email for reminders for monthly Chick-fil-A luncheons at ReCity!

Forrest Firm
One of our first corporate partners, the Forrest Firm is involved in the network in several ways. You may have seen their sign, noting their sponsorship of our coffee bar. The Forrest Firm team has also held one of its monthly firm-wide meetings in our event space, and their attorneys meet clients and prospective clients in our conference rooms.

Perhaps of greatest value to our members has been the firm’s commitment to hold actual office hours, offering free consultations on-site at ReCity. These office hours represent a great opportunity to ask lawyers the questions that keep you awake at night, with regard to running a sound non-profit enterprise.

You’ll typically see a rotating cast of attorneys visiting with us on Tuesday afternoons, including David Morris, who has helped our members with issues like mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance through running effective boards of directors; Leslie Lasher, an employment attorney who helps non-profits with matters and policies regarding both volunteers and paid staff; and Ed Timberlake, a trademarks specialist who helps non-profits understand how to establish and protect their brands in the same way that for-profit address these needs.

Learn more about the Forrest Firm, a certified B corporation operating as a for-profit for the good of the community, at www.forrestfirm.com. Watch our communications channels for upcoming office hours and workshops from David, Leslie, and Ed!

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Parklife Communications
In addition to the Forrest Firm, we’ve had another professional services company partner with our network recently. Parklife Communications, led by Brian and Jeanette Castle, is helping ReCity with its own communications (blog, newsletter, social media, and more) and co-working here. Like the Forrest Firm, they are committed to serving the network—starting in June, they will be keeping office hours on Wednesday afternoons.

These office hours represent a great opportunity to talk through your organization’s messaging and communications strategies with people who represent a host of entrepreneurs and executives.

In business since 2009, Brian and Jeanette have focused on bringing content-driven marketing services to small and mid-sized businesses, including non-profits and mission-driven organizations. They joined ReCity, according to Brian, “because we love telling great stories. I’ve always said that what we do is less like painting from a blank canvas and more like sculpting in collaboration with our clients. The better the clay, the better the sculpture, and we couldn’t resist having a hand in literally rewriting the story of the city through the work of this incredible group of people.”

Learn more about Parklife, a content services firm for entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders, at www.parklifecomm.com. Watch our communications channels for more information on Brian and Jeanette’s office hours!

Take advantage of all the benefits of ReCity Network membership. We look forward to adding more valuable benefits along our journey together. Thanks to these companies for committing to our mission of promoting social impact and greater levels of shared success for all who call Durham home.