Startup BizCast #43 – Corporate Philanthropy (Ami Kassar)

Corporate Philanthropy is simply “good works” on a slightly larger scale. Instead of an individual volunteering time or money to a local nonprofit or helping a neighbor, it’s the weight of an entire company moving toward the goal of helping the community. This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Ami Kassar of credit card company Advanta. He’s the company’s Chief Innovation Officer and also developed the KivaB4B program, which launches on April 15. It allows Advanta customers to donate money to entrepreneurs overseas who have a great idea, but not a great deal of money.

In BizCast Brief, historic pessimism among small business owners, concern about a lack of legal immigrant workers, and small business owners calling on spouses for help.

And … one last reminder: Don’t forget about the Startup BizCast Small Business Week Contest! The contest ends on April 12 … which is just a few days away. At stake is an estimated $2,000 in prizes! The grand prize winner will receive free services from online press release newswire PRWeb, search engine and Internet marketing firm NetSearch Direct, and online data backup company Carbonite. The grand prize winner will also be interviewed on Startup BizCast, and will have plenty of opportunities to plug his/her business during the episode! There are also second and third place prizes. For full details, please go to www.startupbizcast.com/contest.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
KivaB4B (www.kivab4b.org)

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