Rising To The Occasion
May 2015, I graduated from Ball State University knowing my two passions: public relations and community service. My passion for public relations stems from my love for sharing other people’s stories and helping others understand why a cause, issue or person is important. I enjoy knowing that I raised someone's awareness of something that can affect them. My passion for service started early in life, growing up in the inner city of Chicago, where I saw poverty, crime, addiction, and homelessness. I was blessed to be one of the few children in the neighborhood to grow up with both of my parents, who always told me they wanted more for me, and made sure I knew the importance of giving back to the community. They led by example, showing me how drive and compassion could impact those around you, and that stuck with me.
Vision in Localism from the West Coast to the East
In Jersey City, a city that continues to experience rapid economic growth, how can we ensure that this exponential growth will create an inclusive local economy? In Arizona, agencies such as Local First Arizona have grappled with this question through the power of organization.
How has winning $7,500 in the SSC helped Kimberly's business?
June 27, 2015--Rising Tide Entrepreneur and owner of Wax Kandy won the second place prize of $7,500 in the Start Something Challenge. Based in Jersey City, she offers handcrafted, scented customizable candles for individuals and corporate groups. She used her passionate story and organized business plan for success to pitch her way to second place. Let’s see how things with her business is going!
2014 SSC Champ Ninotchka Johnson Uses $10K to Grow Her Business
June 16, 2014--In the 2014 finals of the Start Something Challenge, Ninotchka Johnson won $10,000 after delivering a passionate pitch about her hand-made accessory business, Top Notch By Design. She used the grand prize to update her mobile storefront—the Bus n’ Boutique—and enter fairs that she previously wasn’t able to afford. This allowed her to reach more customers, market her business and participate in fairs and events. She also graduated from the Community Business Academy this past June! We reached out to Ninotchka to see how her business is doing:
Catching Up With 3rd Place SSC Winner Joanna Chmarzewska!
June 16, 2015--Last year, Rising Tide Entrepreneur and owner of Crazy for Italia won the third place prize of $5,000 in the Start Something Challenge. In addition to providing information about Italian culture, she also sells the Seabag. The Seabag is the perfect solution for beach-goers and water sport lovers who need a 100% waterproof protection for their valuables. She used the cash prize to create marketing materials for her product. Let’s see what she’s been up to this year!