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Social Entrepreneurship and Socially Conscious Businesses Take Center Stage

Social Entrepreneurship and Socially Conscious Businesses Take Center Stage

Consumers today are increasingly caring about the social consciousness of the companies that they do business with. In fact, according to Nielsen, a company that provides consumer insight, 55 percent of consumers globally report that they are even willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to being socially and environmentally responsible. This is good news for those wanting to turn a profit, but yet not compromise on helping society to become a better place at the same time.

“At a sports philanthropy conference I attended last year, one of the speakers said  “the intersection of your passion and competence is your significance,” explains Leena Patidar, chief executive officer of Coin Up. “This is the foundation of why I chose social entrepreneurship. I can apply my expertise in building innovative companies, while making a world of difference.”

BiGR Audio Continues the Evolution of Headphones

BiGR Audio Continues the Evolution of Headphones

Take one quick look around any busy bus station, airport, or café and it’s easy to see that headphones have made a big comeback in recent years. The trend has replaced the smaller ear buds, with people opting for the more comfortable headphones, thus making a fashion statement and opting for the highest quality sound. One company, BiGR Audio, is taking the lead in the evolution of the headphone, taking it to a whole new level.

“Headphones offer an incredible way to listen privately, whether you are tuned into your own music, talks, or radio programs,” explains Richard “Big Rich” Bracke, founder of BiGR Audio, a company that makes specialty headphones and a Bluetooth wrist radio. “We asked ourselves what we wanted out of a headphone, and then we went to work making sure that it was accessible to the world.”

Here are a few ways that BiGR Audio is continuing the evolution, and helping to revolutionize, the headphone industry:

Braden Edwards and Will Walker Join Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness Board of

Braden Edwards and Will Walker Join Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness Board of

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, a free program that offers combat stress recovery programming, is expanding into the west coast. They announce the addition of Braden Edwards and Will Walker, who will join the board of directors.

“Although located in Bluemont, Virginia, Boulder Crest Retreat is a nationwide program, serving our nation’s combat veterans and their family members from all 50 states,” says Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat.  “Braden and Will bring a new dimension to our board’s fiduciary and fundraising mission and adding a west coast presence is exactly what we need at this time period of growth.”

Braden Edwards is a managing director of equity sales and trading with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).  He held similar positions over the past fifteen years at Evercore, Credit Suisse, Robertson Stephens, Volpe Brown and Whelan, and the Capital Group.

Female Hispanic-Owned Business Thrives, Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Female Hispanic-Owned Business Thrives, Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long observation that traces its roots to President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. While it started out as a week-long observation, it was expanded to a month in 1989. The month is a time of celebration of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 3.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses around the country, with $78.7 million in yearly sales being attributed to those owned by women (compared to $359 million in sales for male-owned Hispanic businesses). While it may come with a side of challenges, there are Hispanic women who are blazing trails and leaving a record of business success. Two of those women are Tina Aldatz and Margarita Floris, the co-owners of Savvy Travelers, a company that specializes in designer beauty wipes.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Expands Academy; Moves to Kingstowne Campus

Metropolitan School of the Arts Expands Academy; Moves to Kingstowne Campus

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria, Va. will see a lot of new changes at the newly, expanded MSA Academy headquarters in Kingstowne (Alexandria, Va.). With more than 40 students, the Academy now offers more space with 14,500 square feet, including seven dance studios, four music studios and a new black box theater that will be complete in January, 2017. They’re also building a new Early Childhood dance studio and waiting area for their youngest students and families with small children. For information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

“We’re so excited about this new school year in Kingstowne, for new students and returning students, our new Academy space is twice the size of our original space, with additional space for up and coming Black Box theatre,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria, Va.

BASIS Independent opens first Tysons Corner, Va. school

BASIS Independent opens first Tysons Corner, Va. school

More than 40 teachers and nearly 300 DC-area students were welcomed by Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va., who opened the doors to Tysons Corner, Va.’s first prek-12 school.  Located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va., the 120,000 square-foot private school designed by Gilbane Perkins Eastman Design has more than 23 classrooms, as well as a gymnasium, chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, demonstration and reading rooms, full-service cafeteria and indoor and outdoor play areas. For more information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

No. Virginia Couple Debuts “Cook in Mexico”; their Second Culinary Tour

Mexico isn’t just known for its beautiful beaches. Cook in Mexico is now taking guests to the heart of Mexico and the heart of Mexican cuisine. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its second culinary tour, Cook in Mexico in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende. Cook in Mexico was created by Haymarket, Va.-based owners, George and Linda Meyers, a Northern Virginia couple that hosts their worldwide guests on cooking tours in Cook in Tuscany in authentic Tuscan kitchens, and guides guests on personalized Tuscan historic tours and truffle hunts. Now guests, can experience the traditional flavors and storytelling from the Mexican cooks, visit historic sites, dance to Mariachi and climb the ruins of Cañada de la Virgin. For more information, go to www.cookinmexico.kitchen or  www.cookintuscany.com.