It’s been almost two years since I started doing business in San Diego. Over that time I’ve learned a lot about myself, a lot about the San Diego business market, and about the desire for the business community to effect social change. We are at the beginning of this journey and their are pieces in the marketplace that are forming to build a more purpose based business community. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people along this journey and many of them are supporting this new initiative that we’re calling Purpose San Diego. We will be launching a community of like-minded, like-hearted professionals that want to make an impact and our first breakfast event is scheduled for April 19th in UTC in San Diego.
Bringing these people together is important and letting them know that making a difference is good for business. Using our businesses as a vehicle to impact our employees lives, the lives of their families and also the lives of our local community is what capitalism is all about. I was speaking with a Rotarian last week and he was talking about his journey as an entrepreneur, one that spans about five decades. When he talks with younger business owners he tells them that there are 4 places you need to invest once your business starts to make money:
- You need to take care the business and reinvest
- You need to take care of your employees and keep them motivated
- You need to make sure you are taking care of yourself
- You need to take care of your local community
The last point on the list is the one that Purpose San Diego is focused on. How do we help companies learn to be active participants in the community and how does that work within their organization. I’ve been a Rotarian for the past few years and have seen first hand the joy that organization provides to it’s members and the difference we make in the community. We need to create more Rotarians, whether they join Rotary or not! If you are interested in learning more we look forward to seeing you on April 19th at Corporate Alliance in UTC. You can easily register online!
To a life well lived!