Using Schools As A Resource - A few Useful Tips

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL 481.010183

Doug Hamilton, Superintendent of School District 151, in South Suburban, Illinois was our guest speaker at the South Holland Business Association Luncheon, September 24th, 2009.


The topic:  "Schools,  An Untapped Market"  was presented by Mr. Hamilton with such simplicity, that businesses who who were in attendance must have all been thinking the same thing.... "why hadn't we tapped onto this before?" 

"Use US as a resource", he reiterated repeatedly!  We listened as the Superintendent, (who remembered when South Holland was mostly made up of onion fields)  insisted we view schools as the biggest business in our neighborhood, sharing that we have not taken advantage of it as a neighborhood resource.    With there being 30,000 students enrolled, at South Suburban College, it is the biggest employer in South Holland, and is the most marketable. 

He went on to list a number of creative ways to get contracts with the schools that would promote products of the businesses .  He asked the question..... "What can schools do for you?"

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Check School calendars/newsletters for activities to participate in 
  • Go in with other companies to bridge projects with
  • Invite children to bring report cards in to receive a treat
  • Display achievements done by students in your place of business
  • Offer business days/tours of the business to the schools, but KNOW something about the school first!

Below: guest pictures....
We left with renewed inspiration to apply tips learned from the luncheon!


The Luncheon meal was catered by Jimmy Johns, and took place at the South Holland Community Center in South Holland, Illinois.


Left, President of the South Holland Business Association, (SHBA), Mike Abbott, thanks and prepares the well attended audience before introducing Mr. Hamilton.             


Abbott's Minute Printing Center, Inc., located at 611 East 170th Street, in South Holland, Illinois has been servicing the community since 1972.






Diane Rice, Owner/ Broker/Realtor & Property Manager Of Rice Property Management & Realty, located in South Holland, Illinois holds Real Estate Licenses in Indiana and Illinois, and is co-owner with her husband, Anthony R.  Rice of Rice & Rice Painting & Carpet Cleaning.  Diane Rice has current membership with SHBA.  Are you seeking Property Management?  We can be located at:


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Muffy collins
Bridgeport, CT

Diane I think these are great ideas. And I agree, connecting with your local schools is very smart and is a great way to network. thanks for sharing!

Oct 08, 2009 03:44 PM #1
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Diane, I agree those are great ideas.  I'm doing something this year called Leadership North Houston.  30 people a year are selected to participate and I'm honored to be in this years class.  We recently had our overnight orientation and this next Thursday will be our first day together.  It is a full day once a month until May.  This Thursday will be on education.  I'm excited about the opportunity.

Oct 08, 2009 03:50 PM #2
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

That is a great suggestion.  I had one of those "DUH" moments as I read through your post.  "Duh, why didn't I think of that?"  Sometimes it's the things right in front of us that we notice the least.  Thanks for the post.

Oct 08, 2009 11:11 PM #3
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

This is awesome Diane - especially if you have school age children to be involved is vital - our best memories come from being room parents for all of middle school for our youngest ( now in college) . Being REALTORS allowed us the flexibility to do that. We have sinced moved our focus to other things - but have many contacts from the years of service and volunteering we did for various school & sport for the girls.

Great ideas!



Oct 09, 2009 04:32 AM #4
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Kate:  Thank you for reading and acknowledging.  It was an eye opener for me! Hopefully you can apply a few toward your business.

Marchel:  Thank you. I "hear" your excitement about your program and am happy with you.  I KNOW you will do very well.  We at Active Rain will benefit from it also.... for IF we just wait a minute... you will share some of it with us!  Because you enjoy challenges and have a hunger for perfecting your career, you will excel in it!

Irene:  See there!  It hit you like it did me!  What an opportunity to bond with schools!  Thanks for reading and commenting Irene!

Grace:  And the relationships you made then have become cemented haven't they?  That's the idea of working in the community which you have succeeded in accomplishing.  (YOU would have been just as effective if you were the speaker.... (I KNOW)... (smile)  Thanks for coming in Grace!

Oct 09, 2009 05:44 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Diane, he is absolutely right, in fact our High Schools are also a resource that not been tapped into very much also.

Oct 09, 2009 11:47 AM #6
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

George:  YOU can market YOUR product there just by showing up to the games and assemblies.... offer stuff with your name on it!  The meeting was powerful.... i only showed a scant on this post

Oct 09, 2009 12:20 PM #7
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