Free Enterprise Staff  | December 2, 2015

Eight Companies Making the World a Better Place

From making your life easier to employing millions of Americans, businesses do a lot. Many also do good in their communities—so many, in fact, that we have an entire category devoted to this brand of company on With the holiday season upon us, we thought it made sense to highlight some of these businesses doing good in their communities and across the world. Here are eight of them.


Our first spot on the list is reserved for arcBARKS, an innovative organization out of Greensboro, North Carolina, that is dedicated to providing vocational training to developmentally disabled adults. How does it do that?

Check out our profile of arcBARKS to find out that and more: A New Leash on Life for Greensboro’s Developmentally Disabled Adults


Ever had trouble keeping tabs on your finances? It’s a difficult task for anybody, let alone for someone who isn’t paid on a set basis. Yet the startup Even is designed to help this large group of workers by automatically evening out their paychecks—regardless of how infrequently or irregularly they come.

Check out our profile of Even here: Uneven Paychecks? This App Will Even Them Out

Alicia San Marcos

The company Alicia San Marcos has a mission: It is bringing artisan goods from Guatemala to the masses while simultaneously creating economic and educational opportunities in the country.

You can learn more about Alicia San Marcos and its mission here: A Social Entrepreneur Opens Doors for Artisans in Guatemala

Soapbox Soaps

At first glance, Soapbox Soaps might seem like a company that merely sells soaps. However, it does a lot more than that: For each sale it logs, the company donates a bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamin supplements to a child in need.

Learn more about Soapbox Soaps and its unique mission here: A Startup Is Using Soap to Change the World—and It’s Working


One of the most vexing problems facing the U.S. is how do we provide quality health care that is also affordable? WellMed is virtually unmatched in its work to do just that, having successfully increased its patients’ life expectancy while dramatically lowering costs over the course of its quarter-century-long history.

To find out just how WellMed is accomplishing this herculean feat, check out our two-part series on the truly innovative health care company here:

Part I: The Story of a Revolutionary Health Care Company

Part II: WellMed’s Pioneering Approach to Medicine


Saving money is something most people struggle with. Lucky for us, the startup Digit takes all the thinking out of saving: It analyzes your bank account and then automatically withdraws small amounts of money throughout the month that are then stored in a savings account you can access at any time.

Find out more about Digit and its founder here: The Startup That Helps You Save Money on Autopilot


The Massachusetts-based startup SplitNGo has created a service that not only makes splitting the bill easier, but also increases turnover and revenue at restaurants. In business, that’s what they call a win-win.

Find out how SplitNGo is upending the restaurant payments industry here: Separate Checks at Dinner? With SplitNGo, There’s no Need


Most of us are in a constant battle to eat healthfully. But what if there were a way to do that while still eating delicious food? Thanks to its chef-designed and vegetable-inspired meals, HungryRoot is making that dream a reality.

Learn more about the innovative food company here: Can HungryRoot Finally Convince You to Eat Your Vegetables?