Despite having demanding schedules and businesses to run, many entrepreneurs have found ways to thank those who’ve supported them by making meaningful contributions, resulting in an even more prosperous community; a concept QuickBooks Canada rallies behind.
This Small Business Week, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you to a few who are backing their communities. These small businesses owners are among a long list of entrepreneurs who have leveraged QuickBooks’ capabilities to create efficiencies in their day, instead using this time to identify ways to grow and give back – an impressive feat for any business owner.
Kerri Ann Colby is the owner of Rebel Bean Coffee, a coffee bean roastery located in Okotoks, Alberta. Her fundraising program allows community groups, sports team, or organization to sell organically-grown, fairly-traded coffee to their friends and family with no upfront cost to participate. She equips participants with the sales tools necessary to make a profit, and sells them her beans at wholesale costs, leaving them with up to $8 in profit for every bag of coffee sold.
Since her fundraising program launched, Kerri Ann has put an estimated $35,000 back into the Okotoks and Calgary communities, and by using QuickBooks Online’s reporting function, she can see how much it’s helping her business grow organically by word-of-mouth.
Bryan and his team have married the art of running a business while giving back to their community through several local initiatives. From hosting Thursday Trivia Nights in support of local organizations and charities, to sponsoring music festivals in Cape Breton and beating the drum for other local craft brewers, giving back to the community that’s championed their success has been woven into the fabric of their business.
This past year alone, Breton Brewing Co. has been able to put an estimated $11,000 back into the community, while also running a successful business that’s now looking to expand across Canada and internationally.
Dayna and Matt were a perfect match from the day they met: Matt was attending beer school and Dayna had a strong restaurant management background, so opening their own brewery was a natural next step. The other thing they had in common was their unwavering commitment to giving back to their local community who’s supported their businesses since it opened three years ago.
They’ve brewed unique beers to support events like Ski for Kids where a dollar a bottle went towards the organization and partnered with Mealshare, matching the sale of select menu items to provide food for those in need.
This Small Business Week we’re celebrating you, and the many others, who are not only thriving as entrepreneurs, but serving as a major contributor to the strength of local communities. Intuit exists for a very simple reason: to power prosperity around the world – and we’re inspired by you.