How I help my clients make the world a little bit better

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Last week, I touched upon the fact that I love working with companies that are making a bigger impact, and someone asked me to share more about what I do with these companies. So I thought I’d share that with all of you. I’m Judi Otton with GrowthCast and I’m going to tell you about three different firms that I’ve worked with in the past. One of which I’m actually still working with. The first one was one of my earliest clients I worked for about a year with an architecture firm that’s very committed to building sustainable buildings using green and LEED technologies. This firm is women run very diverse and has done some great work in the Connecticut and northeast area. What I did with them, the first thing I did with them is I helped them build a proposal template so that they could include all of their labor, all of their subcontractors make sure that they were pricing it appropriately and then they were able to track their profitability as they went through the project. As we continue to work together, we did many things, but the other big thing that we did together was we put in place a structure so they could track their profitability project by project. So like all of my Conscious Capitalism clients, yes, they’re doing good in the world and yes, they want to make great money. Another business that I worked with for about 18 months, it was actually a cluster of businesses owned by the same family in manufacturing, restaurant, and retail and they were very, very committed to paying every one of their employees a living wage. Now in New Haven, Connecticut, a living wage is much more than $15 an hour. So we budgeted for that and we watched what we were doing with respect to budget versus actuals. And in the 18 months that I worked with them we raised the lowest wage, a total of $4.50 an hour. Finally, I’m currently working with a marketing agency doing some very creative things, not your typical social media content creation. Yes, they do some of that, but they’re really committed to helping 10,000 small businesses all over the world thrive using their internal methodology. So they’re teaching that, they’re teaching the way that they do their business and I’m helping them set up internal controls, set up processes and again improve their profitability. It really makes me so happy even to help these businesses a little bit. And you don’t have to be out there changing the world and solving climate change. I want to hear about what impacts you are making big or small to improve your community. This is Judi Otton with GrowthCast and I’ll be back next week with another Fiscal Fitness Tip of the Week.

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