Business With Heart, Corporate For A Cause

Screenshot of surveymonkey site

Screenshot of surveymonkey site

This is going to be more of a Link Love post but I think you’ll like what you find…

I tend to point out nonprofits and charities when I talk about “Do-Gooders’ and “Go-Givers” but I can’t sit back and not acknowledge the folks that work for profit but do so in order to help a cause much larger than many grassroots organizations can touch. True Social Change the kind that requires power, influence, and tons of money.

There are tons of decent folk out there doing their part to encourage sustainable communities and progression as well as make a global impact towards social change (even if it may be a few brave employees who step up within the company itself).

Survey Monkey: I discovered that survey monkey had a program catered to nonprofits after I completed a survey for social analytics company and saw the opportunity to fill out more surveys and give back… “The charities listed on this page are participating in SurveyMonkey Contribute through December 31, 2013. Participating charities may change from time to time. If you would like to nominate a charity to become our partner, learn how to join our charity partner program.” Not a bad way to raise money and awareness!

Comcast Cares: Back in April, Comcast celebrated their 12th annual Comcast Cares Day. I tagged along with a friend to go help out over in Philly where I attempted to paint a school in a low-income neighborhood, plant flowers clean up and all that jazz (I’m not very gifted in things like painting, and planting flowers). I ended up meeting some very very cool people along the way, including some top execs and VPs  that I’m still connected to today thanks to social media.  As the site says, “All across the country, Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, their family members and friends worked together to plant gardens, beautify schools, repair community centers, clean riverbanks, and much more in their communities. We are thrilled that Comcast Cares Day expanded internationally this year with project sites in England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.” Perhaps you may want to get involved next year?

Neil Patel: Below is the line that made me want to keep up with this “Kind of a Big Deal” 20 something year old angel investor who just happened to be recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and a top 50 business influencer by Dun and Bradstreet…

The Future Although I love being an entrepreneur, sadly I don’t think I’ll be able to do it forever. I probably have a few more good startups in me, but after that I want to focus on the non-profit world. See, I was born with a gift, in which I am able to help websites get a ton of eyeballs through the web. Hopefully I can take that gift and help non-profits get enough eyeballs to their website so that people like you can help change more lives.”

I’d check out his blog posts if I were you; he really knows his stuff!

Rachael Kay Albers: I can’t talk about Business with heart without acknowledging this courageous young woman who has built a whole website showcasing the work of Awesome Entrepreneurs from around the World and the Work with Heart they do to make a difference.  From packing up and heading to the poorest villages in Mexico to the empowering of orphans in the slums of Africa, you will surely find your “Why” in the stories showcased on her site.

A & D Media: Is working on some partnerships in order to develop a grant program that would give away 1 free website design project a year to a grassroots nonprofit organization. But shhh don’t tell the company’s President that I told you, she’s still working out the details for this project 😉

Until Next Time…

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Black History Now: Meet Darnyelle Jervey

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my final guest to conclude this series…

Meet Darnyelle Jervey Speaker, Award-Winning Author , and Your Incredible Factor Catalyst

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Darnyelle A. Jervey is the founder of Incredible One Enterprises, LLC

In this video interview Darnyelle shares with us

  • How to stand out in the crowd when it seems everyone is doing the same business as you
  • How a $500 investment is just enough to grow big business
  • What an Incredible Factor is and steps you can take to unleash it in 2013

You can reach out to Darnyelle online via her site

http://www.incredibleoneenterprises.com/

You can register for the Unlease Your Incredible factor Tour at

http://www.unleashtour.com

Black History Now: Meet Jason Mercado

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my next contributor…

Meet Jason Mercado, The Homeless Man Turned Entrepreneur!

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Tell me a little about yourself and what you do?

My Name is Jason Mercado and I am from Philadelphia, Pa I am the owner/operator of Just Cookies…

What prompted you to start your own business?

I started my own company as a result of being homeless and losing my job with Starbucks Coffee

How do/did you handle obstacles and roadblocks?

I prayed and pushed through them…

What is the one action you have taken that has accounted for most of your

success?

Reaching out to others in the same industry and just having patience….

Speaking of success, How do you define and measure success?

It is by believing in me first and foremost

How has your business helped with community growth or development?

I’ve been able to send a message of hope to people that no matter what your situation is you can push through it

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, DON’T GIVE UP!!!!

Author’s Note: Jason gave me the link to his interview with Ryan Mack of Huffington Post to share with you all!

You can reach out to Jason via the Just Cookies Website: http://justcookies2.wix.com/justcookies

Black History Now: Meet Aida Ingram

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders. I would like to introduce to you all my guest…

Meet Aida Ingram-Coach, Author, and “The Marketing and Idea Chick”

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Aida is the Owner of An Inspired You LLC and the the Creator of Girlfriends With Goals

In this video interview Aida shares with us

  • Sound advice for someone who feels stuck and wanting to use technology to pave the way
  • Ingredients for success in business and life
  • Realistic advice about overcoming obstacles in Business

 

You can reach out to Aida online via her sites

www.aninspiredyou.com

www.girlfriendswithgoals.com

Black History Now: Meet Dr. Charmen Douglas

In celebration of Black History Month, I’m conducting weekly interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs who are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders.  I would like to introduce to you all my 1st guest…

Meet Dr. Charmen Douglas-Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author!

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Dr. Douglas is the CEO of Beautiful Smile LLC, and Founder of the Give Back A Life Foundation for domestic violence victims.

In this video interview Dr. Douglas shares with us

  • A few tips on 1st steps to take in getting a business started
  • An Important lesson for marketing your brand and business
  • How to thrive regardless of the economy

 You can reach out to Dr. Douglas online via her sites:

 http://www.beautifulmouth.com

http://www.drcharmendouglas.com