Small Business Steps Up by Giving Back

By Mark D'Alessio

Last month the U.S. Chamber hosted its annual Small Business Summit, and I was pleased to be there on behalf of BCLC to meet some of the most charitable and high-impact business owners our nation has.

The Summit brings together 600 small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn, network, and discuss issues affecting the business community.  Of course, one of these issues is community involvement, or what many in the business and nonprofit sectors alike call “giving back.”

Alex Ford from the San Francisco, California-based Praetorian Group, a 55-person company dedicated to creating online properties for public safety, talked to us about his company’s 12-year history of working with first responders.

Jiri Stejskal from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Cetra Language Solutions discussed his company’s support of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) which provides water to people around the world with no access to clean water.

Beth Tully from the Wichita, Kansas-based Cocoa Dolce, talked to us about her company’s dedication to giving back to the community that continues to support her small business.

Daryl Braham from the Fargo, North Dakota-based Heritage Homes explained working with ABC’s "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" in New Orleans and their work with the Sunshine Kids, which helps children with cancer.

Courtney Deimel from the Chicago, Illinois-based Red Frog Events discussed numerous volunteer projects that their employees are engaged in around the year.

These are the kinds of companies that BCLC champions and recognizes at our annual Corporate Citizenship Awards.  Do you know a company deserving of this recognition?  Nominate a company that does well by doing good!