This time of year, many individuals are not only thinking about gifts for family and friends—they’re thinking about giving back to those in need. And as much impact as individuals can generate, consider the differences made when entire groups work together.
In our inaugural Community Impact issue, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the businesses in Coastal Virginia that give back to the community, not just this time of year but all year long. Though these businesses vary in type and ways in which they give (fundraising for nonprofits, paid time off for employees to volunteer—or more creative methods such as orchestrating a “nearly nude” calendar of elderly gentlemen) their owners and employees all possess an undeniable drive and commitment to give something back to the communities they call home. Read about the philanthropic initiatives of these 10 businesses, then consider what differences your business can make in the upcoming year. After all, giving back not only benefits a person or cause that’s important; it enriches your overall work culture to come together under the same mission of doing good. And in case you need any additional reasons, Don Hannahs shares some other benefits of giving back in our financial Ask the Expert column on page 26.
As you’re looking ahead to next year’s goals and projections, gather some inspiration from leaders of our local chambers and economic development offices as they summarize the projects completed in 2016 and look ahead to initiatives for 2017 in our Economic Perspectives, starting on page 34. It’s a great way to catch up on the accomplishments we can all be proud of and feel excited for what’s to come.
Here at CoVa BIZ, we’re looking forward to a new year of inspiring stories, advice from business owners and recognition of some of the companies and individuals establishing success in Coastal Virginia.
Angela Blue, Editor-in-Chief