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Through Design, Landscape Architect Improves Community and Business

 

When Rebecca Bradley and Gage Couch left the corporate world in 2010 to open the landscape architecture firm Cadence in downtown Fort Lauderdale, they wanted to do business in a way that reflected their values. So, they adopted a “triple bottom line” business model. As they work with public and private clients to design outdoor Continue Reading


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Recycler with Purpose Finds Many Rewards in Social Enterprise

 

For Tony Selvaggio business has “always been a search for purpose.” So when he started eSmart Recycling in February 2014 as commercial metal recycling company he found that the industry’s emphasis on price over loyalty left him feeling empty. The company, founded as Scrap On Spot, was quickly profitable but Selvaggio, like many social entrepreneurs believed that evolving Continue Reading


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A Cup o’ Conscious Capitalism

 

“We wanted to start something that combined coffee and philanthropy,” says Suzanne Bernal, General Manager of Axum Coffee in Winter Garden.  From the day the first shop opened in 2010, she says the intent has always been to give away 100 percent of net profits.  “The owner doesn’t make a dime,” Suzanne says of her Continue Reading


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Sustainability Makes Tampa Bay Lightning Winners On and Off the Ice

 

It is pretty well known in Florida that the Tampa Bay Lightning is an amazing hockey team. Having made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, most of the world also knows. And in Tampa Bay most people know that owner Jeffrey Vinik and the entire organization are an example of how conscious business Continue Reading


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Brooksville Company’s ‘Yes we can” Culture Engages All Stakeholders

 

Brooksville company Accuform Signs celebrates a culture of “yes we can” and Wayne Johnson describes his family-operated business as “light on rules where we can be” to empower the company’s over 300 employees. Brothers Wayne and Dave Johnson grew up outside of Toronto and relocated to Florida with their family in 1977 after selling their Continue Reading


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Seattle Times: Largest organic grocer now Costco, analysts say

 

Costco Wholesale seems to have quietly surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer as it courts a younger demographic, according to one investment bank. In an earnings call last week, chief financial officer Richard Galanti mentioned that the Issaquah warehouse club’s sales of organic products exceeded $4 billion annually — up from a previous Continue Reading


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Ft Lauderdale CEO Raises Wages Up to 50 Percent, Challenges Others

 

“We who are in responsible positions need to take a far more vested approach with the people who are working for us,” says Andrew Green, owner and CEO of Ft. Lauderdale-based based multimedia manufacturing company, Green Solutions. The 18-year-old company designs and manufactures printed materials and discs for the educational, religious, fitness, direct response, music Continue Reading


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Business Award Celebrates Seven Years of Sustainablity in Tampa Bay

 

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015 the Tampa Bay business community will come together to recognize and honor for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment and community. The Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay, Inc. and the University of Tampa Center for Ethics will Continue Reading


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Advertising Age: Taco Bell to Eliminate Artificial… ‘Simplify’ Food

 

Food marketers are increasingly updating their ingredient lists to appeal to changing consumer sentiment, with companies from Kraft to McDonald’s eliminating ingredients perceived as questionable, and now Taco Bell is the latest company to update its menu to respond to consumer demand. By the end of this year, the company will update its core menu Continue Reading


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HufPost: Reframing the Game: On the Pivotal Role of Business in Driving Societal and Systemic Transformation

 

The world faces enormous challenges, from poverty to food security and climate change. For too long business sat on the sidelines, unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. This is changing — as the limitations of governments in resolving these critical issues becomes increasingly apparent, as citizens increasingly demand Continue Reading