6 Outstanding Social Innovators

By Eunice Lin Nichols, director, The Purpose Prize, Encore.org Six outstanding social innovators will receive a total of $300,000 in cash prizes as winners of The Purpose Prize, an annual contest that recognizes — and rewards — people who are age 60 and over making a positive social impact. You should know about these six people, and when you read their stories, you’ll understand why. They’re powerful examples of using life experience in order to make a difference; they’ve changed thousands …

Bloomberg Gives Shout-Out to Older Workers

Michael Bloomberg, founder of the financial services company Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, says younger people worry about hiring older workers. They come up with a lot of excuses, like older workers are “old school” or “won’t fit in with the culture,” but the bottom line is they don’t want older employees, Bloomberg said at a panel in New York today. >> 10 Growing Job Fields Kudos to Bloomberg for calling this out. Not only is this, er, …

Hispanics and Blacks: Different Languages, Shared Economic Perspective

This is the second in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Among the most powerful commonalities between Hispanic Americans and African Americans are the bonds that we have formed to ensure the economic futures of our families and communities. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we find that while language differences and national origins sometimes cause cultures to appear worlds apart, the common bonds that are worth celebrating are …

How Innovative Businesses Serve the Community

What do Columbus, Ind., and Las Vegas have in common? On the surface - geography, size, weather - not much. But after visiting each of these cities this summer, I discovered a common thread: Both have benefited from corporate visionaries who employed innovation and philanthropy in their communities to attract a world-class workforce. Columbus, Ind., population 45,000, has long been known as headquarters to manufacturing companies – most notably, Cummins Engine Co. But what may surprise you is that Columbus is also …

7 Snappy Facts About Snapple’s Cofounder

Thanks to the “Snapple Facts” that beverage maker Snapple imprints on the inside of its bottle caps, millions of consumers now know that Napoleon suffered from a pathological fear of cats and that Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand while writing with the other. That’s as good a reason as any to compile a list of similarly arcane but fascinating trivia about Snapple cofounder Leonard Marsh, who died on May 21 at age 80 in Manhasset, N.Y. Before …

Starting a Business? Find Your Niche

I marvel at entrepreneurs who can take an idea and sell it, no matter what it is.  Sometimes it’s the marketing machine that does the trick.  Or the entrepreneur’s sheer passion. But other times it’s the discovery that there’s a niche community of fans out there salivating for their “thing.” John Findra’s thing is the fantastically beat-up classic car as art – distressed, rusted, gutted and all.  The more weathered, the cooler.  His firm Classic Wrecks turns out pint-sized replicas …