A big, important question asked by Salah Boukadoum

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My friend Salah Boukadoum is the founder of Soap Hope, an amazing company with an even more amazing mission. In brief, they sell all-natural, organic, high-quality products … and invest 100% of their profits in microloans to impoverished women. Their model — which Salah calls the Good Returns model (click for his TEDxGrandRapids talk on the topic) — can equip any …

NFTE Dallas

What dreams do we hold for our neighbors’ children?

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Among the many privileges of my career, I have the honor of working alongside some of the best nonprofits in town. This morning, I was invited to speak to the students of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at their 3rd annual Young Entrepreneurs Rally. NFTE is a remarkable organization that is always on my short-list for year-end donations. They …

Thoughts on the Closing of The Demeter Project

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A tiny crack appeared in my heart when I first heard the rumor that one of Dallas’ preeminent social enterprises, The Demeter Project, would be closing along with their “It’s a Grind” coffee shop in Deep Ellum. For the past three years, this company has endeavored to provide a living wage with benefits, vacation and flexible hours to employees who could not …