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.

Robert Reed | Executive Director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra

The arts industry, in particular music, helps people in every community, in every state, and throughout the world. Music can connect with people’s soul and emotions. Music educates, entertains and empowers. Music (and the arts) is a perfect example of equity, diversity and inclusion. It doesn’t matter a person’s age, race, wealth/lack of wealth, gender identity or musical taste, music can reach everyone and has numerous times. Music plays a large part in soundtracks and creates emotions while watching movies (superhero, action, romance, comedy, horror and more). Church services, television shows, and radio broadcasts are just a few more ways that music is in our daily lives. I am in this industry today because music connected with me and empowered me to dream and then provided a road map to achieve those dreams. Read more>>

Kate Knight | MPact Director, My Possibilities

Soap Hope supports organizations that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. This can happen in a variety of ways. We believe the biggest impact towards inclusion is providing rewarding supported employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The disabilities community deserves the same right to equality in employment opportunities as any other group. We believe increasing employment opportunities and improving community engagement of people with disabilities are civil rights. Hiring a person with a disability is like dropping a boulder in a pond. Major ripple effects are felt in every direction – colleagues benefit, the company benefits, and the community benefits. Soap Hope provides support to organizations who train, place, and support people with disabilities in community employment. Every time you shop with us, you support these organizations, too. Read more>>

Jeff Bednar | Farmer & Agripreneur

Profound Foods is a Dallas area Food Hub that provides a sales channel for over 40 local and environmentally sustainable farmers, ranchers, and producers. We keep the supply chain short and work primarily with farms that are within two ours of our retail customers and the restaurants we supply. That makes a profound environmental impact with less “food miles” and pollution while we work with farms with sustainable practices that are regenerative. A profound impact on our community by supplying more nutrient-dense foods that are better for their health. We also believe that farmers should be able to earn a living wage and get to keep as much of the money from the sale of goods and get to set the prices they want to receive. Read more>>

Claudia Mirza | CEO & Co-Founder of Akorbi

At Akorbi, we want to improve the life of our team members, but also impact our society. Helping people connect and be heard is at the heart of our business. We believe this support and success should be shared with the community around us. A specific example of this was during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our CEO Claudia along with other women business owners, spent a significant amount of time and resources repatriating Colombian children, women, sick individuals and elders that were living in inhumane conditions at the São Paulo airport. Our executive team also has dedicated time and resources to supporting interpreters’ organizations, the Genesis women shelter in Dallas, and children who are hard of hearing during this difficult time. Allowing our communities to thrive and get the support they need will always be our passion at Akorbi. Read more>>

Darla Greene | Speech-Language Pathologist

CoHearts Speech Therapy & Communication Services, PLLC, was birthed out of the need that I recognized—-to bridge the community with vital expertise that those in the medical and academic field took for granted. Those with cognitive challenges make up 6.5 million people in the U.S.. In saying this, there has to be bridge builders, those who gladly educate the general population, concerning howto deal with individuals that present with intellectual disabilities and communication challenges. When there is a lack of information, people unknowingly make decisions out of fear that further debilitate the livelihood and opportunities for those with disabilities. As a career Speech-Language Pathologist, I fashioned CoHearts to be the hub of communication needs. Read more>>

Deb Downes | Photographer

I believe the well-being of a nation depends on the health of its individual families and communities. In a sense I regard the members of the community I live in, Garland, as extended family. As a Garland photographer and one who loves my work, I feel I can best serve my community by offering free service to help promote local businesses, local events, local charities, and local history. In Garland I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of photographing “Becoming Garland Avenue”, a delightful original musical drama about the early history of Garland by local Kay Wheeler Moore. I had so much fun capturing the Ms. Garland Senior American Pageant 2017 and the creation of a Sculpture Garden, a community event involving community members and local artists making outdoor art out of recycled bottles. Read more>>

Reginald Titus Jr. | Executive Producer and Director

Our business helps the community because we create movies that are inspirational and can empower individuals that are not usually portrayed in a good light in the media. Our most recent film called “Natural Hair The Movie” makes African American Women feel good about themselves and their natural hair. The movie celebrates black culture and encourages positive dialogue. Read more>>