October 31, 2006.
The irony of this post is how I started my day...I read my news in the morning on www.cnn.com every day. I always quickly scan the articles before logging on to my check email. Today an article about Oprah giving away $300,000.00 caught my eye so I read it. Unless you live under a rock you probably heard she gave $1000 to 300 people (oh not to forget Bank of America sponsored it too) insisting they must do something charitable with it, and then document it on there new DVD recorder. I thought it was a great idea, and am anxious to see the show...then went on with my day.
So....today I got not one but two emails back confirming we were in two articles regarding 'giving back'. Being the media savvy entrepreneur I always reply to emails from journalists or magazines looking for information for an article, or just sending some company information to an editor. So, I did not think twice of sending out two separate responses to two separate requests on charitable things we did.
Let me back up a second, and mention we give back to the community, to victims of Hurricane Katrina, terminally ill children, families on EMHE (another blog), church functions, charity events, sponsor sport teams, etc. I feel as a business owner it is my duty to give back. I also feel blessed, lucky to have such success and damn it it feels good to help people.
I am happy we did give back, and I am happy to get some free publicity - I actually hope it inspires others to give back too. And I do agree with Oprah, who said, "I can honestly say that every gift I've ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I've given it to," (Amen, Oprah and psst.....call me!)