Leaders

Scott Cooper, Co-Founder & CEO of MEJDI Tours

Tolerance Through Tourism

November 1st, 2016

BRINGING SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS TRAVEL TO THE MASSES Ten years ago, two young men from traditionally-opposing backgrounds shared a common passion: Peacebuilding. Today their Wellington, Florida-based B-Corp, MEJDI Tours, takes people to historically conflict-riddled areas and other destinations across the globe, providing unique perspectives that raise awareness, tolerance, and human dignity. Their original approach has beenContinue Reading

Julie Price

Mission-Based Business Helps People with Disabilities

September 27th, 2016

9 LESSONS LEARNED FROM A NONPROFIT-RUN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE More than Just Business When companies need to dispose of their office computers, certain that sensitive data is first wiped clean, they send those old PCs to ARC Broward I.T. Asset Recovery. In doing so, they’re not just protecting their client’s privacy; they’re also providing training and employment opportunitiesContinue Reading

Debbie Farah, Founder, Bajalia International Group

Opportunity, Education and Empathy Take Fashion ‘Beyond Fair Trade’

July 14th, 2016

Social enterprise advocate and a champion of education for women globally, Debbie Farah never expected to be known for either. However, her love of fashion and a rare job offer as a young Arab girl, that afforded her the chance to go to college, set her on a path to impact countless lives around theContinue Reading

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Corporate Philanthropy with an Exponential Twist

June 15th, 2016

While it’s not uncommon for companies to donate to charities, Gold Coast Coffee, which equips and supplies office breakrooms throughout South Florida, is scaling up the concept. In a new initiative, CEO-founder Tim Myette is offering to donate 10 percent of each client’s invoice to the client’s charity of choice in that client’s name. HeContinue Reading

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Through Design, Landscape Architect Improves Community and Business

April 27th, 2016

When Rebecca Bradley and Gage Couch left the corporate world in 2010 to open the landscape architecture firm Cadence in downtown Fort Lauderdale, they wanted to do business in a way that reflected their values. So, they adopted a “triple bottom line” business model. As they work with public and private clients to design outdoorContinue Reading

Tony Selvaggio, Founder and CEO, eSmart Recycling

Recycler with Purpose Finds Many Rewards in Social Enterprise

April 19th, 2016

For Tony Selvaggio business has “always been a search for purpose.” So when he started eSmart Recycling in February 2014 as commercial metal recycling company he found that the industry’s emphasis on price over loyalty left him feeling empty. The company, founded as Scrap On Spot, was quickly profitable but Selvaggio, like many social entrepreneurs believed that evolvingContinue Reading

Suzanne Bernal, General Manager of Axum Coffee, with husband Mathais

A Cup o’ Conscious Capitalism

March 24th, 2016

“We wanted to start something that combined coffee and philanthropy,” says Suzanne Bernal, General Manager of Axum Coffee in Winter Garden.  From the day the first shop opened in 2010, she says the intent has always been to give away 100 percent of net profits.  “The owner doesn’t make a dime,” Suzanne says of herContinue Reading

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Sustainability Makes Tampa Bay Lightning Winners On and Off the Ice

October 27th, 2015

It is pretty well known in Florida that the Tampa Bay Lightning is an amazing hockey team. Having made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, most of the world also knows. And in Tampa Bay most people know that owner Jeffrey Vinik and the entire organization are an example of how conscious businessContinue Reading

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Brooksville Company’s ‘Yes we can” Culture Engages All Stakeholders

August 18th, 2015

Brooksville company Accuform Signs celebrates a culture of “yes we can” and Wayne Johnson describes his family-operated business as “light on rules where we can be” to empower the company’s over 300 employees. Brothers Wayne and Dave Johnson grew up outside of Toronto and relocated to Florida with their family in 1977 after selling theirContinue Reading

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Ft Lauderdale CEO Raises Wages Up to 50 Percent, Challenges Others

June 10th, 2015

“We who are in responsible positions need to take a far more vested approach with the people who are working for us,” says Andrew Green, owner and CEO of Ft. Lauderdale-based based multimedia manufacturing company, Green Solutions. The 18-year-old company designs and manufactures printed materials and discs for the educational, religious, fitness, direct response, musicContinue Reading