Small Business, Big Impact: Making a difference, one connection at a time

Each day, American small business owners are shaping the lives of the people around them. Each connection they make – with a customer, employee or neighbor – leaves an impression, and with nearly 30 million small businesses in the U.S., those impressions add up in life-changing ways. Below, meet just some of the small business owners making a big impact across the country, and watch as they share their incredible stories.

Headbands of Hope was founded by Jess Ekstrom, an inspiring entrepreneur who created a headband company where for every headband sold, one is given to a child with cancer. During Small Business Week 2017, Vistaprint partnered with Good Morning America to award Jess with $10,000 to help make an even bigger difference in children’s lives. Jess has devoted her life to building this headband empire to enable her to do everything she can to give back to the pediatric oncology community by helping restore confidence in kids with cancer through beautiful headbands.

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Headbands of Hope

Industry: Retail

Established: 2012

Website: headbandsofhope.com

Headbands of Hope was founded by Jess Ekstrom, an inspiring entrepreneur who created a headband company where for every headband sold, one is given to a child with cancer. During Small Business Week 2017, Vistaprint partnered with Good Morning America to award Jess with $10,000 to help make an even bigger difference in children’s lives. Jess has devoted her life to building this headband empire to enable her to do everything she can to give back to the pediatric oncology community by helping restore confidence in kids with cancer through beautiful headbands.

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Industry:
Retail
Established:
2012
Website:
headbandsofhope.com

CommonWealth Kitchen is Greater Boston’s only nonprofit food business incubator and food manufacturing social enterprise. CWK provides shared kitchens and business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow strong food businesses, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen the regional food economy.

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CommonWealth Kitchen

Industry: Food & Beverage

Established: 2009

Website: commonwealthkitchen.org

CommonWealth Kitchen is Greater Boston’s only nonprofit food business incubator and food manufacturing social enterprise. CWK provides shared kitchens and business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow strong food businesses, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen the regional food economy.

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Industry:
Food & Beverage
Established:
2009
Website:
commonwealthkitchen.org

ArtLifting is a social enterprise that sells the work of artists who either are homeless or have a disability. Their artists don’t want a handout. They want an opportunity – and ArtLifting gives them just that, by treating them with the dignity and respect of creative professionals, and creating a marketplace for their work.

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ArtLifting

Industry: Art & Entertainment

Established: 2013

Website: artlifting.com

ArtLifting is a social enterprise that sells the work of artists who either are homeless or have a disability. Their artists don’t want a handout. They want an opportunity – and ArtLifting gives them just that, by treating them with the dignity and respect of creative professionals, and creating a marketplace for their work.

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Industry:
Art & Entertainment
Established:
2013
Website:
artlifting.com

Industry:
Education, Retail & Shopping
Established:
2011
Website:
followthehoney.com

Al “Bubba” Baker is owner of Bubba’s-Q, known for famous fall-off-the-bone ribs – and Bubba’s big heart. During Small Business Week 2016, Vistaprint partnered with ABC’s Good Morning America to reward the Ohio business owner with $10,000. True to form, he used his prize to give back even more: He held an event in which local entrepreneurs pitched their products and vied for a prize.

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Bubba’s-Q

Industry: Food & Beverage

Established: 2006

Website: bubbasbonelessribs.com

Al “Bubba” Baker is owner of Bubba’s-Q, known for famous fall-off-the-bone ribs – and Bubba’s big heart. During Small Business Week 2016, Vistaprint partnered with ABC’s Good Morning America to reward the Ohio business owner with $10,000. True to form, he used his prize to give back even more: He held an event in which local entrepreneurs pitched their products and vied for a prize.

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Industry:
Food & Beverage
Established:
2006
Website:
bubbasbonelessribs.com