One of the most rewarding things about getting to know so many entrepreneurs is seeing first-hand how many of them are focused on so much more than just financial results.  So many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large.  Check out some of these amazing folks below.

Megan Iverson | Blooms + Threads Owner

At its core Blooms + Threads is the embodiment of family, heart, and community. We specialize in vintage and upcycled women’s clothing but represent so much more than just revamped garments. We are always actively seeking out ways to be a part of change and contribute to our community, whether that is by spreading awareness to the sustainability movement, donating to charities that support what we believe in, or by giving back to people who do not have the choice to shop sustainable. For every item sold in store or online we donate an item to the San Diego Rescue Mission. The San Diego Rescue Mission then puts the clothes into their community store for the residents, women, men, and children who have been faced with homelessness to go into and choose clothes that will help better their situation. Read more>>

Cris Hamilton | Artist and Writer

My storytelling at least aims at a way of nudging people to look at the world differently, even feel differently in it. It might be a very small difference in perspective, but any moment that we feel pure delight is a moment of great power. People remember those moments forever and return to them and, if they get some creative fuel or feel newly … inspired, take that back into the bigger world. I think that helps. Read more>>

Kemi Pavlocak | Owner O’Shun’s Orchard, LLC

Besides providing a local relief to isolation and loneliness through our store. As a company we are extremely engaged in the multiple issues that plague the community. Many issues that linger and become entrenched in our most vulnerable communities are because the people are just so busy trying to survive. There isn’t much room left to decipher government plans, codes, laws, funding. So the community become forgotten especially in rural areas. We have become an advocate to highlight problems that are brought to us or that we can observe through our interactions with the community. Hopefully through small victories the community can heal, thrive, and develop more advocates that can voice their concerns. Right now we are very focused on the digital divide, this isn’t anything new but COVID has made it more urgent. Read more>>