I’m home a few weeks or so following the first of NNPEN’s Regional NP Entrepreneurship Conference, in Minneapolis. So many lessons to learn! Who knew that we put conferences together for our members but without supportive sponsors we will never break even? [A projected $9K loss is not a good thing for our start-up’s first year but NEVER did we contemplate cancelling the day.] In our defense, we also know much more about what kind of sponsors and exhibitors most naturally align with you, the NPE “market.” Not just product alignment: e.g., cash medicine products and services. But also alignment of vision as to who NPEs are: a burgeoning workforce of small practices together capable of innovation that will disrupt how and where primary care services are rendered? An emerging group of primary care practice owners with purchasing power—NPE buyers creating the same –and different–commercial opportunities that young physician practices once did? We might want to start with how bank lending officers underwrite independent NP primary care practice startups vs independent primary care physician practice start-ups….
I’m reminded that for now, every project we do tells us something new about ourselves. Nothing is just “work”. Right now, it’s all good and that’s a good time to stop for just a bit to savor rewards like this one, tucked into an attendee’s post-conference follow-up to NNPEN:
“20 years ago a group of us had a dream. 20 years later YOU and your team have given it wings! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
A CALL TO ACTION
For NNPEN, hearing from conference attendees and speakers that the NP Entrepreneurship practice gauntlet is being passed to us is reward but it’s also sobering. Like you, we are an NP-led start-up that thinks we can make a difference. Like you, we completed our post conference evaluation form and had to answer the concluding question:
“What step or steps toward ownership will you be taking in the next 12 months as a result of attending this NP Entrepreneurship Conference? “
We will host an Office Ours call for open discussion of attendees’ feedback on this question. As of September, Office Ours will be a Members Only event, so join NNPEN now to ensure your place at the table. We need you!