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These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses that go above and beyond to make the world a better place. These standout companies serve as powerful forces for good in communities throughout the country and across the world. This year’s awards ceremony, held on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., recognized and celebrated eight corporate businesses leaders for their outstanding contributions to addressing some of our society’s greatest needs through expertise, innovation, capital, and collaboration. Related: 4 COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING GOOD BY GIVING BACK “Businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and these winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector,” Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, said in a statement. “It is an honor to showcase the contribution of these eight companies, who are […]

These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

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This Husband-and-Wife-Owned Startup Is Revolutionizing the Kosher Meat Business

Anna and Naftali Hanau first met while working on an organic Jewish Farming Fellowship farm in rural Connecticut. They fell in love, tied the knot, and started a family. Along the way, they also started their own business. Founded in 2010, the couple’s Brooklyn-based startup Grow and Behold Foods sells kosher OU Glatt pastured beef and poultry from livestock raised on small and sustainable family farms. The social impact company ships its highly specialized cuts to customers who observe kosher dietary guidelines, from the boroughs of New York City and across the nation. The couple—communications director Anna, a published author and Jewish educator, and CEO Naftali, a horticulturist by trade and Jewish ritual slaughterer (shochet)—never planned to enter the kosher meat business. As newlyweds, they had originally aimed to start an organic vegetable farm. But Anna says the idea for Grow and Behold took root after she and her husband […]

This Husband-and-Wife-Owned Startup Is Revolutionizing the Kosher Meat Business

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Meet the Paw-fect Dogs Restoring Freedom to America’s Visually Impaired (VIDEO)

The loyal pups of The Seeing Eye Dog, Inc. are more than just man’s best friend. For visually impaired individuals like Ginger Kutsch, they’re hard-working heroes that help restore their freedom and autonomy with every careful step. Kutsch, a graduate of the Morristown, N.J.-based organization and a longtime volunteer there, was not born blind. She lost her vision later in life. “I lost more than just my eyesight,” she tells Free Enterprise. “I lost my confidence, I lost my independence, and I was afraid to go outside of the home to do anything.” But everything changed when she teamed up with her first Seeing Eye dog. Her world opened up, and it got bigger and better. “The love, the joy, the laughter, and the incredible freedom my dog brought me was nothing short of a miracle,” she says. Related: THE STORY BEHIND THE NATION’S OLDEST GUIDE DOG SCHOOL Today, a […]

Meet the Paw-fect Dogs Restoring Freedom to America’s Visually Impaired (VIDEO)

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This Is What the Future of Health Care Looks Like

The health care group WellMed has done the seemingly impossible: Using significantly less money than its peers, it’s figured out how to help people live healthier, longer lives. Doctors love it. Administrators love it. Policy wonks love it. But how does it work? The labyrinth that is U.S. health care Navigating the U.S. health care sector is not unlike trying to find your way out of a maze. It’s a convoluted system that features layer upon layer of bureaucracy, regulations, and divisions of care. Meanwhile, health care costs have risen far faster than the rate of inflation, a trend that has only begun to slow within the past few years amid ongoing efforts to reign in out-of-control spending. The road ahead looks just as precarious, as more and more Americans turn 65 and older, a cohort that, for a multitude of reasons, is requiring more and more care, taxing an […]

This Is What the Future of Health Care Looks Like

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The Baltimore-Based Startup Fighting to End Food Waste

Hungry Harvest Founder Evan Lutz will be speaking at the Corporate Citizenship Awards Conference on November 16 about the way businesses can step up to make a difference in society. Register for the CCC Conference for a chance to hear Evan talk about profits, purpose and produce. Up to $1 trillion worth of food is wasted every year in the United States, but millions of Americans live in food insecure households. Hungry Harvest is using one epidemic to fix another. Hungry Harvest is an organization founded by University of Maryland graduate Evan Lutz that aims to reduce food waste and eradicate hunger in the U.S. by selling recovered fruits and vegetables. “Recovered” food may sound a little unappealing, but it’s not what you think it is. Food is often discarded by supermarkets because of logistical inefficiencies (they ordered too much) or minor cosmetic imperfections (it’s too ugly to sell). Recovered […]

The Baltimore-Based Startup Fighting to End Food Waste

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Meet the Social Impact Startups Working For the Greater Good In Miami

In many ways, the Miami Science Barge embodies the hope for a cleaner, greener future for the seaside city upon which it’s anchored. On board the 120-foot-long floating STEM education startup grow the seeds of a sustainable Miami—including an off-grid solar power system, a water-recirculating fish hatchery, and a soil-free vegetable garden, and that’s just for starters. Dr. Ted Caplow is the downtown-docked innovation lab’s co-founder and CEO. He is among a growing circle of local social impact entrepreneurs working for the greater good of the Magic City and beyond. One of the veteran environmental engineer’s guiding goals, like many other social entrepreneurs in the nation’s fourth most populated metropolis, is to demonstrate what’s possible when forward-thinking civic innovators act locally while thinking globally. “As a city representing the epicenter of sea level rise in the United States, due to its low-lying landscape, I believe Miami has an opportunity to […]

Meet the Social Impact Startups Working For the Greater Good In Miami

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How a Unique Public-Private Partnership Helps This Food Startup Fight Global Poverty

When Lisa Curtis traveled in 2010 to Niger as a Peace Corps volunteer, she witnessed the ravages of malnutrition up close—and first-hand. She knew that 44 percent of children in the West African country suffer from malnutrition, but she never expected to experience malnutrition herself while there. A vegetarian, Curtis subsisted mostly on rice, millet and a few beans here and there while volunteering in a small health center in the poverty-stricken nation. Without regular access to foods rich enough in protein and essential vitamins and minerals, the former White House intern perpetually felt tired and weak. “I was starting to experience early signs of malnutrition,” she tells Free Enterprise. “I gained a first-hand understanding of the common nutritional challenges faced in rural villages—what 18 million children across West Africa feel every day.” Related: MEET THE SOCIAL IMPACT FIRM THAT WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD To regain her strength, Curtis […]

How a Unique Public-Private Partnership Helps This Food Startup Fight Global Poverty

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This Startup’s App Helps Students Find Scholarships to Fund Their College Dreams

Christopher Gray is on a personal crusade to help low-income students find the scholarship money they need to make their college dreams come true. Raised by a single mother in Birmingham, Alabama, the young entrepreneur grew up in poverty during the height of the Great Recession. He desperately wanted to go to college, but he couldn’t afford to, not without financial aid. @Scholly5 @ABCSharkTank episode re-run this Friday! Make sure you tune in! 🙂 #sharkfight pic.twitter.com/oiBV0WMzGZ — Christopher Gray (@cgray91) June 28, 2015 With little other choice, he set out to secure as many scholarships as possible. He struggled for seven months to find and apply for enough scholarships to fund four years of college, not to mention living expenses, all while attending high school. He also juggled working at a clothing store to help pay his family’s bills at the time. Gray’s hard work more than paid off. He […]

This Startup’s App Helps Students Find Scholarships to Fund Their College Dreams

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Bug Appétit! Crickets Put the Crunch in this Startup’s Chips

Rose Wang bit into her first bug while traveling in China. The critter, a thick scorpion on a stick, was as crunchy as it was packed with protein, and she was immediately hooked. Once back stateside, Wang, a student at Harvard, started experimenting with cooking crickets purchased from a neighborhood pet store alongside her then-college roommate, Laura D’Asaro, who had eaten a caterpillar while traveling in Tanzania (a moment D’Asaro describes as “love at first taste”). The two convinced their friend and fellow Harvard student Meryl Natow to try the cold-blooded creatures, too. Natow didn’t require much nudging: She’d tried insects in her tenth-grade science class and liked them. Just like that, an entrepreneurial idea of the creepy crawly variety was hatched. In 2013, the three foodie friends with their budding appetites for bugs decided to go all-in on a sustainable foods startup centered around insect-centric recipes. Their venture is called […]

Bug Appétit! Crickets Put the Crunch in this Startup’s Chips

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3 Cyber Security Companies Protecting You—Whether You Know It or Not

Cyber security is a top issue for the public and private sectors alike–and with holiday shopping online sales already underway, it’s also top of mind for consumers who are trusting their favorite merchants to protect their data. Yet it’s decidedly difficult to remain proactive in the face of cyber criminals and the evolving risk they pose. The industry has become increasingly specialized as a result, with more and more companies and cyber security experts setting their sights on particular threats as they search for new ways to protect proprietary data. Here are three examples of this new kind of cyber security specificity. ObserveIT and the “Malicious Insider” In 2014, when we spoke with Tim Ryan, a managing director at risk consultancy Kroll Advisory Services, we learned about the malicious insider, which Ryan described as “somebody whom the company gave credentials to, and who then decides to use those credentials to steal […]

3 Cyber Security Companies Protecting You—Whether You Know It or Not

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