Category Archives: Community Relations

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On occasion, business competitors will transcend their rivalries to unite for a common purpose and Corporate Social Responsibility is elevated to an industry standard. Coming up in April, the footwear industry will mark such an effort with Footwear Cares®, an industry‐wide community service program led by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the event’s title […]

In managing a workplace crisis, the best defense is a strong offense

When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, a company will have a better chance to positively emerge from crisis if it has the benefit of the doubt from its stakeholders. If a company is recognized as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats its employees, contributes to the community […]

Are you a cause marketer? Good for you! Here are some important legal updates to know

As businesses from the National Football League to the corner store to your neighborhood dry cleaner paint their products pink to support breast cancer awareness this month, states continue to update and refine the rules and regulations surrounding the cause marketing campaigns where businesses pledge donations to charities based on consumer purchases. Not all cause […]

Conservation for Economy & Environment: Downeast Community Effort at a Grand Scale

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With summer upon us, many of us are thinking about vacation destinations, but not as much as what’s happening behind the scenes to make these destinations so appealing. I recently had a peek into a beautiful place in Maine that I’ve yet to visit – Grand Lake Stream. The natural beauty and serenity of Grand […]

“Please don’t let this happen to us!” Charity Fatigue and the Cost of Not Having a Giving Strategy

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The Boston Globe is reporting that myriad charities are falling short of fundraising goals as financial support for Marathon bombing victims is re-directed to the newly established The One Fund.   Competition among non profits for cash donations has already been intense in this recovering economy – fewer dollars available from and greater competition for […]

Energy STARS – Saving money and the planet

Cedar Hill Center nursing home in Skowhegan, Maine cut its energy consumption by 58 percent.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star National Building Competition attracted 3,000 participants from across the country encouraging public and private enterprises to improve their energy efficiency.  From a nursing home in Skowhegan, Maine to an office park in La Jolla, California, the program was a success and created a model for other businesses to […]

A Toast to Business in 2013: Health, happiness and prosperity

Here’s to a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013! Companies have a key role to play in making that a reality. Here are a few ways that business is making the effort: Be Healthy The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) created a national workplace award to encourage businesses to instill healthy lifestyle practices. Norway Savings Bank […]

A Matter of Degrees: Business and philanthropy innovate to help more students reach college

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The headlines are worse every day – college debt is higher than ever and the burden is being shared by students and their whole families, now to the point where society is questioning the value of a higher education degree. The New York Times just reported this sobering story: In the first three months of […]

Grab a slice! Purpose-driven pizza in Portland

Prayer flags and the "Think good thoughts" slogan at the wood-fired clay oven at the Portland Flatbread Pizza Company.

Can you have too much of a good thing? Not when it comes to pizza, and especially when it comes from Flatbread Pizza Company. Flatbread’s is famous for its delicious, all-natural , wood fired, clay oven baked pizza. The crust is just the right combination of chewy, salty and sweet. The organic ingredients are always […]