Six Million People in 23 Countries Expected to Benefit from Coca-Cola’s Generosity
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, awarded US$8.8 million in grants to 66 community organizations worldwide during the second quarter of 2013.
The latest grants support the Foundation’s focus areas of enhancing personal well-being, building strong communities and protecting the environment. Between April and June, $1.9 million was directed to physical activity and well-being programs; $4.6 million to local priorities that include education, community improvement and other social well-being programs; and $2.3 million to water stewardship, recycling and environmental programs.
“The Coca-Cola Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the communities in the 200-plus countries where we operate,” said Lisa M. Borders, Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company. “These organizations are creating the type of change needed to improve people’s lives, build sustainable communities and enhance our environment for future generations.”
When it comes to running a successful business, finding a highly skilled team of employees is crucial. But it isn’t always easy. In a recent survey by Robert Half, six in 10 (60 percent) small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring or managing staff is finding skilled professionals for the job. About one in five (19 percent) cited maintaining employee morale and productivity as the chief concern.
The survey was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 300 small business owners and managers from a stratified random sample of companies with less than 100 employees in the United States.
Entrepreneurial leaders from Indeed, Lending Club, SkinMedica and Workday, Inc. receive EY’s 2013 Venture Capital Award of Excellence
Six entrepreneurial leaders from Indeed, Lending Club, SkinMedica and Workday, Inc. will receive EY’s 2013 Venture Capital Award of Excellence which will be presented, as part of the EY Strategic Growth Forum and National Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program in Palm Springs, California, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
“Clearly, venture capitalists play an outsized role in the American economy. They not only mentor entrepreneurs that are creating the jobs of tomorrow, but they also provide access to valuable networks and offer the wisdom they have gained by investing in numerous enterprises,” said Bryan Pearce, EY Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and a member of the Venture Capital Advisory Group of Ernst & Young LLP. “The Venture Capital Award of Excellence was created to recognize four companies that have truly benefitted from these important relationships.”
Now in its eighth year, the Venture Capital Award of Excellence winners are selected from those EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ regional winners whose companies have been backed by venture capital funding.
The recipients were selected on the basis of VC funding, equity and revenue growth, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) margins, and the stories of their founding. The winners were selected out of 50 nominees by an independent panel of judges, comprised of four leading venture capitalists from across the country including: Jeff Fagnan – Atlas Venture; Steve Goldberg – Venrock; Richard Heitzmann – First Mark Capital; and Adele Oliva – Quaker Partners.
Five finalists in each category—established, emerging and college—have been selected for their impact on their industry, community and employees. Videos featuring the category finalists’ companies and entrepreneurial journeys are now posted online.
The contest finalists represent a range of business ideas and career stages. From the college startup that aims to provide water purification products to developing countries to the crowdfunding site that has raised more than $95 million, each offers an inspirational entrepreneurial story worth recognition. As a sign of continued success for the contest’s featured business owners, one emerging business finalist has even been brought back into the spotlight since being named a college finalist in 2010.
“These finalists are significant contributors to their respective industries,” said Amy Cosper, VP/editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “We are excited to see how the small business community responds during the voting period and find out which entrepreneurs stand out to their peers.”
“We know firsthand the commitment and dedication it takes to be a small business owner, and the important impact they have on their communities,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions for The UPS Store. “It is an honor for us to help recognize these notable entrepreneurs.”