Monday, November 15, 2010

How One Small Gesture Can Save the World: Crossroads Cares 2010

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” 

He couldn’t be more right.

And although the Kansas City Crossroads District is a centralized location in which art- and business-minded individuals and companies have flourished and found great success, many Crossroads businesses know that there is more to life than making a pretty penny.  That is why many of these Crossroads businesses have decided to make a difference in Kansas City this holiday season by participating in a new philanthropic event, Crossroads Cares.   

Crossroads Cares is the collaboration of many Crossroads District businesses in the effort to feed hungry Kansas City families this holiday season.  From volunteering their time, to donating money, to providing families with food—  each of the following businesses are giving back to Kansas City, are participating in effective community service, and are enhancing the collaborative environment that is the Crossroads District:

·        Avid Communications
·        H2B Architects
·        Think Big Partners
·        bizperc
·        Cellar Rat
·        Dog Nuvo
·        Black Bamboo
·        Mildred’s Coffeehouse
·        Arts Incubator
·        Joe Calhoon and “The 1 Hour Plan for Growth”

As a participator and driving force behind Crossroads Cares, bizperc—Kansas City’s new business incubator and accelerator—is donating 50 meals from Harvester’s Community Food Network to hungry Kansas City families for every person that comes in to tour its new business event space, bizperc6, by December 10th.  Think Big Partners hopes to provide enough Thanksgiving meals for underprivileged families to make a difference in Kansas City this holiday season. 

To get involved with Crossroads Cares this holiday season, please contact Herb Sih, co-founder of Think Big Partners at 816.842.5244 or at or contact Harvester’s Community Food Network at 816.929.3000.

Entrepreneurs, I know that you live a busy lifestyle and even during the holiday season, it’s hard to find time to volunteer.  But when work seems to be taking up a majority of your time, be sure to sit back every once and awhile and realize: Although you are making a living by what you do, you can make a life by what you give.

“It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

Written by Allison Way.  Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners and bizperc, two of Kansas City's newest entrepreneurial resources.  To read more of Allison's work, please visit the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner.  

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