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 …

Business Volunteers for the Arts: It’s a Win-Win Situation

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs.  Rosemary Reed knows alot about how to succeed as a small business owner.  The proof?  Next year, her DC-based video and television production company, Double R Productions, LLC, …

Poverty: Be A Part of the Solution

Shock, disbelief, fear, guilt, and empathy…you ask what is she talking about now. Those are the emotions that went through me as I sat this week in the Chicago airport mindlessly gazing up at the TV waiting for my delayed flight to board. CNN had just reported the poverty level has risen to 16% in this country. I certainly don’t think that CNN is an authority on anything so that percentage could vary a bit in either direction, but however …

Why I’ll Never Be Rich

When I hear financial pundits counsel unemployed people over 50 to start a business if they can’t find a job, I think of the last time I tried to go entrepreneurial.  This was not an experience for the faint of heart. The idea sounded good at the time. I was in my early 30s and the magazine I’d been editing had just folded. The last thing I wanted to do was sign up for another intense 9-to-5 job. So when …