Gourmet Food & Art Expo

Comments (6) Posted By Joe on November 29, 2011 in Events

The Intersect Fund’s first-ever Gourmet Food & Art Expo was a huge success. Get a taste (pun intended) of what went on by having a look at the above video by Will Ferguson.

Why Shopping Small is In this Season

Comments (6) Posted By Joe on November 26, 2011 in Events

Don’t tell me you went to a chain-store yesterday!

Shopping small is in this season.

Efforts like“Indie-Shopping” campaigns and Small Business Saturday (that’s today), mark a conscious effort by more Americans to patronize local businesses.

In addition to quality and customer service, economic benefits draw folks into mom-and-pop operations: small businesses keep a larger portion of their dollars in the local economy than their big-box counterparts do.

Lavon Jackson, who co-owns the Somerset clothing boutique Style & Swag with his wife Carol, cites prospect of creating jobs and reinvigorating his local economy as big motivators.

“When you shop small, you get big things,” Jackson said.

To get into the small-shopping swing of things, join the Intersect Fund at one (or both) of our upcoming Holiday Bazaars.

We’ll host one on Tuesday, Dec. 13th and another on Tuesday, Dec. 20th – both at New Brunswick’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. Click on either date to RSVP.

Join Us at the Patch

Comments (1) Posted By Joe on November 22, 2011 in About Us

Check out Jennifer Bradshaw’s great article today on the Intersect Fund and our clients.

Where Profits and Compassion Intersect

Comments (2) Posted By Joe on November 20, 2011 in Business Basics

A Reconcile New Orleans supervisor (standing) reviews the menu with a rookie waitress in 2010. Photo by Rusty Costanza, The Times-Picayune.

Who says profits and social good don’t mix?

As I advise would-be entrepreneurs, I’m struck by how big a portion of my clients – even those of modest means – seek to contribute to their communities as they grow their businesses.

The intersection between business sense and social value is where Craig Cuccia, a co-founder of the nonprofit Reconcile New Orleans, has lived for more than a decade. Reconcile New Orleans is a job-training group that prepares adolescents for food service-industry careers by putting them to work in Café Reconcile, the group’s Zagat-rated restaurant.

Cuccia spoke in Newark last week at the 2nd annual Social Innovation Summit, a meeting of entrepreneurs, academics, and other social visionaries interested in applying private-sector problem-solving to persistent social ills.

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