We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today.  Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Michael Hamanaka | Group Training Instructor & Owner of The Movement Warehouse

In my opinion, community is one of the most important aspects being lost in today’s society. Not even considering the global pandemic we’re in, the increase of prescription antidepressants and cardiovascular disease is shocking. People are always on their phones or in their houses and I think there’s a huge opportunity of connecting with other people that we’re missing out on. Screens are ruining our ability to interact with each other. To come to a place where you don’t check your phone for an hour, you laugh with like minded people who become your friends and you actually increase your happiness and confidence and decrease many of the health concerns that plague our country is invaluable. Read more>>

Jenni Prisk | Communications Coach & Speaker

When I founded Prisk Communication, it was with the mission to provide public speaking skills for individuals and corporations.. Over the 30 years I have been in business I have discovered the importance of effective communication in every arena. We all want the world, or our close community to hear us, to understand us and to acknowledge us. My experiences in Africa, Peru, the US and San Diego have afforded me opportunities to provide a platform on which people can stand and deliver their messages successfully. It has been my privilege to work closely with women who are changed when they find the strength of their voices to deliver their messages with integrity and power. Read more>>

Elly Brown | Executive Director

San Diego Food System Alliance (“the Alliance”) uses the power of collaboration to cultivate a healthy, sustainable, and just food system in San Diego County. The Alliance is a network of over 150 organizations working across sectors to promote collaboration, influence policy, and catalyze transformation in the food system. When we refer to a food system, we are referring to the set of processes and resources that take a food product from a farm or sea to plate. Our food system plays a critical role in our health, environment, and our local economy. Read more>>

Steven Cox | Founder & CEO

I decided long ago that it’s not enough to make money. There has to be a stronger reason and a bigger purpose. So, for us, we made a commitment to make a positive, lasting difference on those people we serve. We believe education is a great equalizer. The greater access to education through technology raises the global level of satisfaction, opportunity, and mobility. TakeLessons allows us to transform the way people learn, connect, and grow so that they are empower people to live more meaningful lives. In doing so, we help talented educators earn a better living doing what they love. Read more>>

Carina Fleckner | Personal Branding Photographer

As a personal branding photographer I help entrepreneurs grow their businesses through on-brand images that showcase the personality of their brand in order to connect with their audience on a more personal level. People want to do business with someone they trust and can relate to, so if you have a business it’s important that your personal brand is authentic and relatable, but at the same time it needs to be intentional and professional when it comes to putting your best qualities and hard work on display. Read more>>

Melissa Monroy | Independent Creative Professional

My biggest impact has been through shirt sales for girls education. In just 2.5 years, I have raised roughly $1,000 to provide tuition and fees, uniforms, transportation and supplies for Kurandza, a non-profit organization in Mozambique. I have also launched smaller campaigns to bring awareness to causes I care deeply about: women’s rights, the environment, social justice issues, and more. I am on a mission to make the world a better place, one design at a time. Read more>>

Tina Buchanan | Aging Life Care Manager & Social Worker

At Visionary Care, we believe that everyone deserves to age with dignity and integrity. Our elders are the largest growing population and they need support in order to have the best quality of life possible. When we can keep our elders from falling through the cracks and put them at the for front, our communities benefit. Families are happier and have peace of mind and everyone wins. As far as Impacting the world, the more elders we serve, the bigger our impact. That is why we are expanding to other states, Nashville Tennessee here we come. Read more>>

Minna Nguyen | Chef & Owner

Although my business is small, I try to do what I can to give back to show my gratitude and appreciation to the community. Without my clients and supporters, The Sweet Collective SD wouldn’t have grown as much as it has in the short time since officially starting up in November of last year. My most popular item for sale are crinkle cookies, (I make hundreds of them a week), so I like to do fun giveaways and give variety crinkle boxes to local clients as thank yous for their constant support. Also, back in June when the Black Lives Matter Movement was making huge waves in San Diego (as it should have), I wanted to contribute in my own way because I was unable to go out and physically protest the systemic racism that is happening in our history today. Read more>>

Barry Siegel | President, Siegel Speakers

SIEGEL SPEAKERS is proud to represent voices from diverse backgrounds. From names well-known for their accomplishments to everyday heroes with rich backgrounds — through their triumphs and losses, they’ve all learned lessons worth imparting. We want to make sure those lessons are not only shared, but put into practice. Our clients don’t simply lecture; they effect change. We want our clients’ audiences to leave not simply motivated, but inspired to do good things with good people. Read more>>

Katie Turner | California Program Director for Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice is a nonprofit organization that offers restorative writing and creative arts programs for women who are incarcerated in the US, including Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in San Diego. The aim of Poetic Justice is to rewrite the narrative about women who are incarcerated, by equipping them with the tools for healing from trauma that show the world their inherent worth, as agents of change. Over 95% of women who are incarcerated are trauma survivors, but because the carceral system was designed for men (by men), women are often triggered by systemic procedures, like handcuffing, strip searching, and isolation. Poetic Justice works with women in this system, offering pathways to discover their own voices so that they may begin to experience hope, which ultimately leads to change. Read more>>