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Connecting Industr y with Nonprof its

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

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hen was the last time you made a difference? I mean, REALLY made a difference. I’m not sure I can answer that question. I try to make a difference every day by telling the stories that give recognition to the people and businesses that deserve the spotlight. But I get paid to do that, so that doesn’t count. About 20 years ago in my hometown of Corning, N.Y., I used to run through a city park tunnel that had grown ugly with scribbled graffiti. It wasn’t the hip, artistic graffiti you see in Downtown Phoenix. The tunnel was covered with racist words, hateful slurs and inappropriate drawings. I got tired of it. At the time, I wrote a weekly column and challenged the readers to meet me in the park one Sunday morning and paint over the messages of hate. I never thought anyone would show up, but 500 people did. At the end, we had all the kids in attendance dip their hands in paint and leave their prints on the tunnel walls. Who could write words of hate over a child’s handprint? It was fun. It made me feel good. And we made a difference. But I wrote about it. I got attention for it. It wasn’t selfless. It was selfserving because it covered up something that bothered me. This year, I want to challenge myself to make a difference — unconditionally. That’s what Az Business Angels hopes to do: to challenge business leaders and companies to match their skill sets and desire to give back to the community with nonprofits that desperately need the help. Az Business Angels hopes to give new hope to nonprofits and inspire businesses to make a difference and to make it their unconditional mission to connect, volunteer and give back to the communities they serve. The last time I visited Corning, those children’s handprints were still in the tunnel. What are you going to do to make a difference today? Enjoy this issue of Az Business Angels. We hope it will help you answer that question.

Michael Gossie Editor in chief michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com

President and CEO: Michael Atkinson Publisher: Cheryl Green Vice president of operations: Audrey Webb EDITORIAL Editor in chief: Michael Gossie Associate editors: David McGlothlin | Jesse A. Millard Intern: Erica Apodaca Contributing writers: Alison Bailin Batz | Miranda Cyr | Tony Finneman | Bo Sederstrom | Erin Thorburn | Elaina Verhoff ART Art director: Mike Mertes Graphic designer: Bruce Andersen MARKETING/EVENTS Marketing & events manager: Cristal Rodriguez Marketing designer: Jennifer Childres Marketing specialist: Vlad Madrosky OFFICE Special projects manager: Sara Fregapane Executive assistant: Mayra Rivera Database solutions manager: Amanda Bruno AZ BUSINESS ANGELS Director of sales: Brit Kezar AZ BUSINESS MAGAZINE Senior account manager: David Harken Account managers: Cindy Kurtze | Stacie Lee AZ BUSINESS LEADERS Director of sales: Sheri Brown AZ HOME & DESIGN Director of sales: Joe Freedman AZRE | ARIZONA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Director of sales: Ann McSherry EXPERIENCE ARIZONA | PLAY BALL Director of sales: Donna Roberts RANKING ARIZONA Director of sales: Sheri King Az Business Angels magazine is published by AZ BIG Media, 3101 N. Central Ave. Suite 1070, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, (602) 277-6045. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or artwork. Submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a SASE. Single copy price $4.95. Bulk rates available. Copyright 2018 by AZ BIG Media. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from AZ BIG Media.

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AzBusiness Angels January-June 2018  

The mission of Az Business Angels is to help create an alliance that will give new hope to nonprofits and inspire businesses to make it thei...

AzBusiness Angels January-June 2018  

The mission of Az Business Angels is to help create an alliance that will give new hope to nonprofits and inspire businesses to make it thei...