Most of the media often paints all businesses with a single stroke, but in our experience businesses are each unique and so many of them are focused on making the world a better place. We’ve highlighted a few such gems below.

Jessica Gallo, LCSW | Psychotherapist

This is a big question and an important one. Having a greater positive impact is at the top of my professional values list. Read more>>

Matthew Spangler | Meditation Teacher & Life Coach

In service of our community, we teach personal development tools for optimizing health, expanding self-awareness, and exploring what’s truly possible. We teach our clients how to naturally calm their active minds and deeply rest their tired bodies. We support others in the process of feeling better naturally and sustainably; To release the accumulated stress of the past and embody the next best version of themselves. We empower our clients to actively participate in their own evolution and guide them into self-sufficiency using these tools. Read more>>

Dr. Sharon Elefant | Nonprofit Expert

That’s the beauty of The Nonprofit Plug. We 100% focus on social impact – we help the community create ways they can help build themselves through mission driven business – a NONPROFIT! NPP’s primary focus is to help people start a nonprofit to further their personal mission to serve the community, locally and globally. That’s the beauty and fun RIGHT THERE! As much as we all want to volunteer and donate our time and money, we also have to accept reality – we need an income to sustain our personal lives, to take care of ourselves and our own family so we can better serve our community. Read more>>

Paola Mondragon | Director of Artist Relations & Events

The Playing for change foundation has a huge impact all over the world. It grew out of a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. They are creating positive change through music and arts education impacting the lives of thousands of kids all over the world. Read more>>

Amigas Viajeras (Jeanette and Marcella)

We have been avid travelers for most of our adult lives and we have learned some things along the way. The travel industry does not have a lot of diversity and we wanted to help people see our community as part of this industry. While many of our community’s stories begin with a story of migration or immigration, it does not end there. Read more>>

Brian Rosenbaum | Community Engagement Director, Imagine LA

My nonprofit, Imagine LA, envisions a future where the generational cycles of poverty and homelessness are a thing of the past. Family homelessness in L.A. grew by a staggering 46% from 2019 to 2020. There were nearly 13,000 families with children experiencing homelessness prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and researchers believe that our current economic crisis may result in up to 600,000 additional people losing their homes. Read more>>

Cholla Needles

Cynthia Anderson: Poet Michael G. Vail: Novelist Kent Wilson: Retired Truck Driver/School Yard Supervisor John Sierpinski is a retiree of AT&T and poet Greg Gilbert: Retired English Professor and College Trustee Kurt Schauppner: local writer, newspaper editor, playwright John Brantingham: Poet Cindy Rinne: Poet, Artist Susan Abbott: Writer, Artist George Howell: Poet & Writer Read more>>

Lawrence Youngblood | Author/entrepreneur/ aspiring filmmaker

Through our memoirs and cautionary tales. We aim to inspire and encourage readers to stay away from crime and seek mental health. Read more>>

Calista Wu | Pop Artist CaliStar & Founder of Cali Star Entertainment, LLC

Cali Star Entertainment, LLC is a multi-platform entertainment company created to inspire others to pursue possibility. So many of us experience barriers and limitations, whether they are based on our own insecurities or external factors. Through our creative projects, we aspire to continuously break barriers and to show others that you can be more than the limitations that you or others have placed on your life. Read more>>