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.
Clare, Ryan & Tom | founders
Suncliffe is a woman and LGBTQ-owned and operated Arizona business and we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to connect with local communities across Arizona. One of our co-founder’s mothers worked as an early childhood vision specialist on the Navajo Nation and made us aware of the work of the Navajo Water Project, one of the regional programs of DigDeep, a national nonprofit organization working to ensure every American has running water inside their homes. It is Indigenous-led and locally staffed and is the first project of its kind in the United States. Read more>>
Kamran Oskouie | Guitar Maker
I’m currently in the process of transforming my business by using recycled materials.. I haven’t quite worked out all the kinks but I will soon be building electric guitars with bodies made from recycled single-use plastics. I am teaching the community the importance of cleaning and sorting their plastics before disposing them properly. This will not only help to keep harmful waste out of the oceans, cut down on landfill usage, and clean up the streets, but will also stray away from the lumber industry., which is fueled by labor exploitation, co2 emitting machinery, and illegal deforestation. Read more>>
Crux Conception, M. Psych | Retired Homicide Detective, Adjunct Professor and Founder of Crux Conception.
Power was the deciding factor, which led me to start my own business. When I started out public speaking, I, like most individuals, had to pay to speak. Most people who attend conferences don’t realize that a majority of the speakers are charged to speak. Speakers are required to pay their own travel and hotel, and on top of that, they have to pay the conference a fee to speak. Then, while attending/speaking at a conference in San Antonio, TX. I sat to hear the Keynote speaker. I was not impressed and said to myself, how did this individual get this Keynote speaker spot. I later discovered that if you have a title after your name (Dr., Ph.D., Esq.) or have written a book, you qualify as a Keynote speaker, regardless of whether you just stand in one spot on stage and click slides all day. Read more>>
Keeley Shoup | Cuddle Therapist & Boundaries and Consent Educator
Cuddle Therapy has remarkable capacity to change the world. Touch deprivation and loneliness are at epidemic levels according to the U.S. Surgeon General. This therapeutic modality is hugely effective in combating that by giving people access to platonic touch in a safe therapeutic environment. Touch produces oxytocin, which can have long term positive impact on a person’s sense of belonging and community. Cuddle therapy also positively impacts people’s mental health in a broad sense by changing the way we relate to others and ourselves. One of the very topical ways cuddle therapy impacts the world is by teaching comprehensive practices around consent. If we want to address the underlying societal issues that lead to the virality of the #metoo movement, this is one of the best ways to do that. Read more>>
Kari Rosas | Founder/Engineer at Butter Lotion LLC
I started Butter Lotion LLC because I was tired of greenwashing. My mission is to offer personal care products that are truly better for the world. The planet comes first in the choice of ingredients, packaging and minimal processing to create the highest quality products. This means free of “natural” ingredients or “safe” synthetics, preservatives, fragrances, flavors, colors, etc. They are fully made with raw, certified organic, vegan and fair trade ingredients sourced from ethical farms all over the world. The result is better for the planet and for you, from sprout to jar. Read more>>
John Quinn | The Sailor With Cerebral Palsy
I was born with cerebral palsy, couldn’t walk on my own until the age of four and was partially paralyzed on my left side. I kept my CP secret to join the United States Navy – and maintained that secret during my entire 20-year career. No one knew that I had cerebral palsy. As a motivational speaker, I share that story which is really one of inclusion. I believe that inclusion is often looked at as a lowering of a standard for companies to bring “more people under the tent.” No. Inclusion is simply the opportunity for me to hit the same high standard as you. So you can say that by sharing my story, I’m redefining what inclusion means in today’s society. Read more>>