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.

Moy Covalin | Dancer, Choreographer and Founder / CEO of Ethnofit

“Diversity is the one true thing we have in common. Celebrate it every day.” -Anonymous Over twelve years ago I started Ethnofit, a joyful world-dance workout experience that has become an ambassador to diversity, multiculturalism and unity in times where intolerance and hatred speech seem to persist. I’ve always believed that the arts, such as music and dance, have the power to bring people together, they allow us to connect within and with others in a deeper way. Ethnofit creates a space for people to enjoy the beauty and power of ethnic-inspired choreographies from countries around the globe, getting to experience different rhythms and cultures through our bodies and pores; a different way of knowing, one that transcends beliefs and ways of thinking. “Cultural diversity helps us recognize and respect “ways of being” that are not necessarily our own. Read more>>

Justin Grubb | Wildlife Filmmaker | Explorer | Biologist

The major focus of our company Running Wild Media is social impact. When we founded our wildlife and conservation focused production company in 2014, we saw a global need for more impactful and positive environmental change. There already were an abundance of incredible environmental organizations working all over the world to produce this change, but their success stories often get lost in the noise. Running Wild Media specializes in telling stories about conservation, adventure, wildlife and sustainability to educate and inform people of all walks of life about their role on earth and how to preserve it. We use media tools such as videography and photography to tell stories through films, photo exhibitions, social media campaigns, education programs and more. Storytelling is one of the oldest human attributes. Read more>>

K. Daphnae Koop | Artist

This is the question I am drawn to answer, and at the same time, the question I feel most awkward about answering. My time and focus are spent on the creation of my art, which is largely a solitary pursuit. And still, I believe the work I do helps to better the world. Much of this benefit has to do with the invisible; with notions of the collective consciousness; and with using social media to use my voice in a larger sphere. I believe we are all affected, deeply and profoundly, by what we as a collective know and think, and that we can affect this collective knowing by creating a particular presence or stance within it. That is the work I am actively engaged in. My paintings on carved wood are created using largely cast off or ignored materials. Re-presented and made magnificent with the addition of carving, painting and the assemblage of materials, the beauty hidden in the roughness of my materials is revealed and honored. Read more>>

Annette BoVee-Akyurek | Psychotherapist & Physical Therapist

As a psychotherapist and physical therapist I have often shared with clients, “As you shift or ‘clear an issue within,’ those around you shift, from within your circle and from a larger perspective universally.” I work from an integrative perspective and with a relational view of the mind, body, and spirit. This relational view does not only view the interconnections within ourselves, but also incorporates our relationship with the world around us. Therefore, I believe when individuals shift, it allows a shift or healing within that also assists others on a larger scale. In the therapy process these “shifts” can occur through psychotherapy exploration, but I have found facilitating clients in exploration of the subconscious or unconscious to be highly beneficial in shifting old habits or patterns. In addition, shifts can occur when incorporating a home practice of meditation, mindfulness, centering, grounding, time in nature and animals, and involvement in the arts or music. Read more>>

Natalie Bustamante | Founder

Vital Tonics is part of an antiracist cannabis collective called the Floret Coalition. As a coalition, we made a pledge to make monthly donations to causes supporting Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities. This is especially important to me because the Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. They are also the groups that have the least access to medicinal cannabis and the least resources to become business owners in this sector. I don’t even want to get started on how I feel about all the white men making millions in the cannabis space while Black and Latinx community members are in jail for petty cannabis possession. As a company, Vital Tonics also donated over 60 bottles of The Tonic during the first big spike of the pandemic. We donated exclusively to nurses, EMT’s and doctors on the front line fighting COVID-19, as well as to food and beverage industry workers who lost their jobs. Read more>>

Marck K. Joseph Esq | Family Law Attorney

The Joseph Firm helps the community by providing a reliable network of Family & Divorce attorneys who have their client’s best interests in mind as they are transitioning through difficult periods in their lives. Read more>>