October 18, 2013

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Martha’s Simple Lesson

Following the NPR Morning Edition story on franchising (www.npr.org),  Lea Kemp, Library curator at the Rochester Museum and Science Center called to share how sixth  graders were impacted by Martha Matilda Harper.  Seems the Museum’s charter school was teaching business to their sixth graders and Lea shared Martha’s story.  A youth piped up, “So, Martha treated […]

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September 12, 2013

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Reboot American Values

The game is stacked.  Unless you go into certain fields and maneuver a golden parachute, expect to watch the rich get richer and the poor poorer.  According to September 11, 2013 Associated Press article, “the gulf between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America is the widest it’s been since the Roaring 20’s. […]

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June 18, 2013

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Inspiration All Around

Stumbling on the brief mention of Martha Matilda Harper in a Rochester, NY Chamber of Commerce publication, helped spur on my six year journey to discover and document  Harper’s story.  Criss-crossing the U.S. and Canada, visiting family and former Harperites was a blessed adventure. Now two sixteen year old students, Jenna Fortunati and Margaret Mirabella, […]

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December 6, 2012

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Making A Difference

As I reflect on the our world today and its incredible divisiveness, greed, and hatred, I find inspiration from those special people using business for social change, folks who are determined to apply good business thinking and practices in an effective way to make an economic  difference in people’s lives.  Surely Martha Matilda Harper was […]

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June 19, 2012

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Time for Business Basics

It’s graduation time and lots of young people are moving on up and becoming (we parents hope)  self-sustaining men and women.   Hopefully, they have been taught to read, write, and think clearly.  Perhaps they have even been to taught to think creatively and not simply regurgitate back answers, but to even think through new […]

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January 20, 2012

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Turning Change Into Dollars $ – George Eastman Had It Right–Too Bad His Successors Did Not

On January 19, 2012  Eastman Kodak declared bankruptcy because its executives lost their way, drowned by their greed to stick with the profitability of film when the digital revolution was calling.   Just when they needed another George Eastman, who transformed the world with his KODAK concept by mainstreaming photography, the KODAK leadership got lost […]

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November 15, 2011

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Turning Coffee Grinds Into A Fertile Business

Back to the Roots founders Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora have proven that you don’t need  Wall Street to be successful, nor smelly compost piles to use coffee grinds creatively.  The Company uses one million pounds of coffee grinds as  a growth medium for their retail kits — Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden–gourmet mushrooms that […]

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November 3, 2011

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Turn Change Into Dollars $

Women and Social Entrepreneurship ©Jane R. Plitt Women have always been at the center of social entrepreneurship as initiators and recipients.  Given the current world protest against the recent market abuses, it is particularly timely to understand what has and is being done to use business for social change and to urge women’s involvement in […]

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September 19, 2011

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Turning Change into Dollar$ -The Possibilities

Build on the Possibilities Jane R. Plitt 2011 There is encouraging momentum percolating around the world to do good using entrepreneurial know-how, but you rarely hear about it.  That’s why it is so important to share these ideas and successes with others. World Microcredit Conference October 1st in Calgary Leaders of the international microcredit effort […]

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August 22, 2011

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Turning Change into Dollar$ -MicroLoans

Innovative business people and multi-national corporations like Danone Yogurt, are finding entrepreneurial ways to enrich themselves, while also helping others.   Some people call this social entrepreneurship, others social  business.  Whatever it is called, it IS working and our challenge is to spread the word. This blog will spotlight for profit businesses and/or practices that […]

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