“Profits, People and Planet” dinner raises funds for business scholarships



By Krystina Pedersen |Staff Writer|

CSUSB’s College of Business and Public Administration’s Business Alliance Program will host “Profits, People and Planet,” a dinner to raise profits for scholarships offered through the College of Business.
The dinner will be held at the Ontario Convention center Feb. 9 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The program was developed by CSUSB Business Alliance Program chair Christopher Suchanek, chief executive officer of Monrovia-based Firm Media.
The program will be “focusing on 3bl: the triple bottom line accounting, economical responsibility as well as planetary, and being people-friendly,” said Shelly Brown development assistant of CSUSB’s College of Business.
The Business Alliance was created to build bonds between the Inland Southern California businesses and the CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration.
The Public Alliance Program is hoping to raise funds for scholarships and build awareness of local businesses that have adopted the concept of helping the community as a part of their business model.
Participating businesses include Wild Goose Coffee Co. of Redlands and Sevenly.org, a t-shirt business in Redlands said Phil Bolda director of development at CSUSB’S College of Business.
Wild Goose Coffee has agreed to donate 10 pounds of food to local food banks for every pound of coffee sold and Sevenly has agreed to donate $7 to charity for every t-shirt purchased.
“Tom’s Shoes new documentary “Start Something that Matters” will also be released at the dinner,” said Bolda.
He also said that on top of the documentary and donations to local charities there will be a silent auction where all the proceeds earned will be given away as a scholarship to business students at CSUSB.
“They are generally a very active group that like to work directly with students, offer small grants, internships and some innovation grants,” said Bolda about what type of group the business association is.
The cost for dinner is $50 or $45 each if purchasing two or more tickets.  Sponsorships and tables are also available for $360. The parking is free and registration is done on the CSUSB Business Alliance website.
According to Bolda, this definitely will not be the last event we see hosted by the Business Alliance group. They do other events such as the College of Business ‘Distinguished Award’ that has been going on since 1990 and will be held in April of this year.
Bolda feels anyone interested in business or even those who are simply curious should attend this event because it will provide them with beneficial information.
Business owners and entrepreneurs can learn how to add social responsibility and environmental performance, and incorporate that as part of their business operations, claims Bolda.


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