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IAAHPC Business Circles


Written by Rebecca McComas, DVM - Owner

A few colleagues and I stood in the back of the main ballroom on the last day of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care ( IAAHPC) annual conference. We basked in the glow of our newly acquired medical and business knowledge from several days of lecture and hours of networking and conversation. We knew, however, that glow would fade all-too-soon as we reentered our work lives back at home.

Recognizing that it’s difficult for mobile practitioners to stay connected with colleagues, especially when spread across the US (and the world), I sought ideas for remaining in contact with other IAAHPC members between conferences. I was interested in something similar to the monthly SCORE CEO Forum that I participated in at home in Minneapolis. The CEO Forum follows a peer-to-peer coaching model with a moderator to keep conversation flowing. We couldn’t afford the time and expense of meeting so frequently in person, so I explored the use of online meeting technology instead.

In 2016, I realized this vision and started a new program at the IAAHPC called Business Circles. Business Circle groups consist of enrolled IAAHPC members. Everyone is invited to participate, whether a new business owner or a seasoned veteran. Groups meet once a month online to discuss a designated monthly topic and share questions and challenges we are currently facing.

Group members benefit from the advice of others and share best practices for everything from marketing to bookkeeping to HR to strategic planning.

Enjoy having a sounding board for your ideas and get help with evaluating your options. Expand your social network and make more friends in our niche of veterinary practice. You’ll see more familiar faces at the annual conference. Experience support and collaboration from like-minded people. Learn how to run your business more successfully because you solve your problems and challenges better and faster with good ideas from people who already solved that problem in their business. Enjoy the opportunity to help others.