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.

Hervé Damas Damas | Physician

I am in the cannabis industry. Including Hemp, it is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. The economic impact of cannabis and Hemp is slated to be above $35 billion dollars by 2025 according to some estimates. Products made from cannabis and hemp impact a number of markets including consumer goods, entertainment, manufacturing, textiles and my niche- medicine. Read more>>

Anthi Charalampidou | Interior Designer & Feng Shui Conslulting

The Japanese say the secret to longevity is finding your Ikigai, which means “value in life.” This must meet 4 elements 1. Love what you do. 2. The world needs what you do. 3. Be good at what you do. 4. Get paid for what you do. My Ikigai is to create beautiful and functional spaces that make people’s lives better. I achieve that by combining the principles of Feng Shui and the appropriate decoration of a residence or a business. It is very important that people understand how important Feng Shui is for our lives and I believe through my works I have achieved this. Read more>>

Nathaly I Niurka Gerbino I Gomez | Business Owner Med Spa

Our business goes beyond beauty. When our patients come to Medilight we take care to evaluate our patients’ skin and see what are the aspects that do not make them feel comfortable. Based on this we develop treatment plans to help them feel better and improve their conditions. When you improve your physical appearance you feel much more confident. Many skin problems such as blemishes, acne, aging, etc., affect the self-esteem of our patients at Medilight. We have many stories of women and men who felt dissatisfied with their acne and after our treatments their self image and confidence greatly improved. We help our patients look and feel better. Read more>>

Katie Lynch | Circus Artist, Instructor, and Owner of Ethereal Arts Northwest

This is a question that I believe I’ve really learned the answer to in the last year. When I started my business it was simply because I loved aerial and everything about it. I loved sharing it with others and watching my students surprise themselves with the things they are capable of. It wasn’t until I opened in our own location and we really started to grow that I saw the effect it had on the community. Our student count increased exponentially; predominantly in women. Read more>>

Ursula Recio | Founder of sustainable kids brand URSi store

I think that there are two main ways that the business helps the community and the world. First, helping the local community is one of the missions of the brand, and this is why I produce everything locally in NY, this allows me to visit the factories, see the conditions in which the garment workers are working in and get to know the people who are actively working on the products I sell. I like to know that the money I spend on the business goes to the people I get to know in the factories. I see the direct positive impact of local business. Read more>>