How Kate Spade and Goldman Sachs Are Improving the Future for Thousands

–Cross-posted from the Corporate Citizenship Center— The Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Economic Empowerment Program recognizes work to empower individuals through financial inclusion and business empowerment initiatives. The 2015 finalists show the significant, positive impact businesses have around the world. DSM The United States Agency for International Development expressed the need to improve and speed up local capabilities of agricultural methods and food processing techniques in Africa.  In response, DSM—working through Partners in Food Solutions—began sharing with food companies its knowledge and know-how in nutrition and food fortification. The goal of the Partnership is to find a way to make locally produced food products in Africa more nutritious and affordable, with a longer shelf life. The Partnership determined that the path to success was to address small and growing business owners (SGBs) as they purchase crops from farmers, produce, and sell food locally. The Partnership aggregates corporate know-how of micronutrient […]

How Kate Spade and Goldman Sachs Are Improving the Future for Thousands

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What $20K Gets You: Office Rent Data for 13 U.S. Cities (INTERACTIVE)

Given the wide range of taxes, regulations, and costs you’ll find across the country, deciding where to start a business is a huge decision. Which cities, then, are more affordable for business owners? When it comes to office rents, it definitely varies. Take Manhattan, whose $71 per-square-foot average rent is the steepest in the U.S. For employers, that means $20,000 will get you a mere 282 square feet of space each year. That figure is all the more striking when compared to Minneapolis/St. Paul, where average asking rents are only $15 per square foot. There, $20,000 gets you 1,333 square feet of space—roughly 4.5 times as much space as in Manhattan. This interactive infographic shows what $20,000 will buy you in annual office space in 13 U.S. cities, including Manhattan, San Francisco, Dallas, Baltimore, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Chicago. It also provides fascinating information about each city’s office rental market, highlighting its relative costs and its least and most expensive neighborhoods, among other data points. Sources: DTZ, CoreNet […]

What $20K Gets You: Office Rent Data for 13 U.S. Cities (INTERACTIVE)

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Coffee Snobs Rejoice as Regional Shops Proliferate

Here are 5 of the rising stars of the coffee industry that have loyal followings in their regions, giving Starbucks a run for its money.

Coffee Snobs Rejoice as Regional Shops Proliferate

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In the Wake of Disaster, Businesses Give Back

–Cross-posted from the Corporate Citizenship Center— The Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Disaster Response & Community Resilience Program recognizes companies for responding to disasters and creating more resilient communities. The 2015 finalists show the significant, positive impact businesses have around the world. The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance aims to bring together local businesses, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Carlsbad to promote business emergency preparedness, continuity of operations, and community recovery through services, educational programs, and cooperative partnerships. Taking note from FEMA’s “Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management,” the Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance’s three goals are to prepare employees, prepare businesses, and contribute to community recovery. To maintain an inclusive and all-encompassing program, businesses are not required to be chamber members to participate in the Alliance. The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance includes monthly meetings, biyearly symposiums, tailored preparedness support for individual businesses, public outreach and education, preparedness […]

In the Wake of Disaster, Businesses Give Back

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Startup Justworks Takes the Hassle Out of HR for Small Businesses

You might take for granted that your paycheck is deposited directly into your bank account, or that you can buy health insurance through your employer. But not everyone enjoys these luxuries. Many small businesses can’t offer the same kinds of benefits that larger companies can—or at least they couldn’t before firms like Justworks came along. Founded by Isaac Oates, Justworks is democratizing the world of human resources and benefits by offering a streamlined platform that lets companies, regardless of their size, access the types of services that big businesses routinely offer. It’s also bringing them these benefits—everything from medical, dental, and vision insurance to 401K and commuter benefits—for much less money than they would otherwise have to pay. What’s the company’s secret? Justworks negotiates better rates for its clients by aggregating them into a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). The New York startup is essentially leveraging the power of numbers to […]

Startup Justworks Takes the Hassle Out of HR for Small Businesses

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Viola Davis, Minority Women and the Small Screen-Small Business Connection

During her acceptance speech at the 67th Emmy Awards on Sunday, Viola Davis – the first African American to ever win best lead actress in a drama – celebrated the moment not so much as one of personal accomplishment, but as an collective breakthrough for women of color in Hollywood. Chock full of praise for fellow black actors, actresses and writers, the speech quickly garnered praise from across the country and all corners of the Internet. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said in perhaps the most powerful moment of the speech. It isn’t only Hollywood where minority women are breaking through, though. On Main Streets around the country, economists are seeing a similarly uplifting trend. In fact, women of color are now the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, according to recently released research by the National Women’s Business […]

Viola Davis, Minority Women and the Small Screen-Small Business Connection

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