Vivint’s Todd Pedersen Takes Entrepreneur of the Year at UVEF

Entrepreneurs on Parade – Start-up Extravaganza. Call it what you will but the room was packed to hear winners of this year’s Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) 2012 Awards (press release). Winners were gracious, new products were fascinating, and the comments of entrepreneurial sages generated lots of #UVEF tweets and note taking.

“Dad said, Be the best service provider in the industry and… ...

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Social Responsibility – The Smokey Side at Walmart, Disney, & …

Poor Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rides again!

Various sources in the past report that U.S. companies lag behind other nations in reporting and hiring experts to manage accountability for triple bottom line CSR – responsibility for People, Planet, & Profits.  I’m hopeful the gap is narrowing, but the lagging accountability of U.S. companies reinforces stereotypes of greedy American companies and hedonistic U.S. consumers held by many globally. And here’s the rub. Actions count more that words and flowery reports.

Bangladesh police ...

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Environmental PR – New Client – Fish, all of them!

Environmental PR Primer:

Quick! What’s rising faster than the cost of healthcare? If you said fish prices, you could be right. Rising 8-20% per year, seafood costs are out of control. So, I volunteer to do a little public relations for the fish, some Green PR , if you will.

Here’s a sampling what is fast become unaffordable for the average consumer from my local grocer this week:

Price/lb.

$17.99     Ahi Tuna    

$13.99     Ono

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CSR PR a Mandate for Prolacta

Working with clients focused on corporate social responsibility public relations (CSR PR) makes me feel good. Here is an awesome announcement from our client Prolacta that makes me think we are making a difference for good.

Prolacta Bioscience has announced that more than one million dollars (USD$1,000,000) has been donated to various charitable organizations over the past five years.  Prolacta’s contributions to the International Breast ...

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NFL Football Players Giving Back – KrugerCare.org –

Sports Icons make great role models-when they behave. Paul Kruger of the Baltimore Ravens brings his posse of players together for the Kruger Care Foundation Classic to raise tens of thousands for those in need. This is Social Responsibility (CSR) at its best…

Kruger Care 2012 Golf Classic

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NASDAQ: FB – Ready for the $18 Billion Bachelor Zuck – Bigger than Singapore?

Mark Zuckerberg Time Person of the Year coverFacebook now equals NASDAQ FB.

Get ready, there’s a new sheriff in tech town: Mark Zuckerberg, the teen tech titan turning the odometer at the ripe old age of 28. (That’s more than $641 million for every year he has been on earth.) Rumor has it, he plans to sell 30.2 ...

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Should Socially Responsible (CSR) Companies Toot Their Own Horn?

A recent article in Corporate Responsibility Magazine caught my eye.  It addresses well the dilemma faced by every good corporate citizen. That is “when” or “if” a company should draw attention to its own sustainable practices affecting people and the planet.  It’s written by Stephen Jordan,  executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center, which makes him a credible witness to me.

Here’s an excerpt on the benefits of CSR recognition:

Recognition and lists are a ...

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Earth Day – Hats off to People Helping People

The so-called “Triple Bottom Line” of Green, which I first heard years back from Vinod Khosla, is People-Planet-Profits. On Earth Day, we focus most of our attention on the Planet component. However, this year I would like to step outside the box to remind us of the People component of Green.

The story goes, in many religions, that a man named Adam was ...

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Entrepreneur Student & Classmates vs. Leukemia

One of the brightest, most engaged UVU students in my Saturday Entrepreneurship class is Jose Padilla. A naturalized US citizen working the American Dream, he never missed a class until life turned on-a-dime mid-term. Here’s his story and how my brilliant class seeks to make a difference for Jose and others like him by Giving-A-Dime (www.GivingADime.org)

Story on KSL radio

Story in the Daily Herald.

UVU Press Relase

Facebook Page

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ABC News: Local Moms Keep Preemies Alive

From time to time I get to be involved in a terrific cause. Doing Public Relations for Milk for Wishes Milk Bank & Helping Hands Milk Bank, both sponsored by Prolacta is one such cause. Prolacta produces the only human milk-based fortifier for severely premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

Here’s a story we facilitated in South Carolina that shows why Prolacta and breast milk donation matter.

ABC Columbia television FULL STORY.

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