Category: BLOG POST

Starbucks and The Intersection of Microagression, Gentrification and Racial Profiling

With the never ending news cycle and provocation from social media; viral incidents like the arrest of two black men waiting at Starbucks make a black man and content creator like myself fill up with unbridled rage, emotion and fervor. Stories like these have…

Everyday People Working Against Gender-Based Wage Discrimination | by featured blogger Erin Egloff

Close your eyes and take a moment to let your mind play Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone. (If you don’t know Sly or his family, we won’t judge you, but do visit YouTube and listen to the song; you’ll be glad…

Can Capitalism be Conscious? | by guest blogger Andrew Brady

Have you heard of Conscious Capitalism? It is a movement that emerged from the theory of corporate social responsibility…business enterprises and people that choose to follow a business strategy that benefits both human beings and the environment. It goes by many names — the aforementioned…

A Wednesday Word from the Director | Growth Takes Community

Dear Community, It’s not lost on me that unconscious bias and perceived stereotypes about the safety of the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district make running any business on West Main Street extremely challenging. It should come as no surprise that over the decades very…

What Is Social Entrepreneurship?

Did you know that 540WMain initially started as a for profit social enterprise. However I quickly realized that not many in Rochester knew what that meant let alone understood the concept of social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism or like terms so I adjusted our mission…