We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today. Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Carol McSweeney | Watercolor Artist

In my art, I often include figures and faces in situations that aren’t often celebrated with artistic rendering. Each painting, regardless of the subject matter, is created to hopefully connect with the viewer’s curiosity and challenge social beliefs. For example, I have completed a series of paintings of homeless individuals who have modeled for me. My work has received recognition for sensitive portrayals of those at whom we often avert our gazes, and has started conversations about how to support and connect with these individuals. Read more>>

Eva Julieta Alcazar | ESL teacher & Freelance Artist

I love my job and I love seeing what my job can do. As an ESL teacher that continues to teach Spanish-speaking Latin Americans, I find it tremendously important to add the cultural value to each and every one of my classes. I have seen English lose its cultural value due to many historical events between Great Britain, the United States, and Latin America; none of these events proving to give a positive look to the Anglo-speaking countries. I like to make a clear distinction between politics and culture. It makes me happy whenever my students start to get excited about a trip to London to try their food or understand the fervor of their football. Read more>>

Byron Roman | Community Outreach & Social Entrepreneur

Ironically, it was the Social Impact that created my non-profit Planet A Challenge. It was back in March of 2019 when I shared a photo of a young man that had cleaned up a littered area, because the caption was in Spanish, I translated to English but instead of “challenging” 2 friends, as requested, I challenged “bored teens”; By the end of the week, my post had been shared several hundred thousand times on social media and people from around the world took to the streets, parks, beaches, lakes, rivers, etc, to do cleanups and used the hashtags trashtag, trashtagchallenge, and basurachallenge. Read more>>

Yohanna Wendt | Photographer, Coach, Educator

What would you say if I told you that there was a hidden social gap that most people don’t realize exists? I capture memories of so many amazing people and one day I realized the last time I had gotten professional done pictures was when my eldest daughter was one. Thinking back to that memory and so many emotions sprang up. I had a fear. A fear that started when my eldest daughter had her first pictures taken. She wouldn’t smile for the camera no matter how hard we tried to get her to smile and I felt a great amount of pressure to get her to smile for the photographer and the photographer in turn was required to take a certain number of pictures and poses to keep his job. Read more>>