We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today. Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Kristin Buchtel | Award-winning Author and Illustrator of Noteworthy Parenting: How to Use Your Own IDEAS to Create Your Parenting Roadmap

I help parents in my community and around the world see the value in thinking ahead about the stages their kids are approaching and create plans for managing them. Life these days moves at a faster pace than any other generation in history, and I believe that has made parenting a struggle like nothing any other generation has experienced. Keeping up with technology, and social issues alone is a full-time job! Read more>>

Lily P. McLaughlin | Storyteller, writer, social media coordinator and brand strategist.

Social impact is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I was having lunch with a friend a couple weeks ago, and we were talking about different forms of protesting. I’ve taken some time to examine and think about my work. I’m always striving to put out joy, hope, and light into the world with what I create. I can’t even lie and say that I haven’t been discouraged lately but I think courage comes in the form of continuing something especially when you want to quit. My friend mentioned that joy is a form of protest and a form of resistance. Often times when things get rough we tend to fall into the negative, I’m guilty of it myself, but when you can rise with hope and optimism you’re still protesting against what tried to steal your voice or tear you down.  Read more>>

Beth Summerfield | Owner at the Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast

When I first started work at the Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast, I thought of it as an opportunity to meet guests who were traveling through town and as a way to properly learn how to crack and cook an egg. What I didn’t or couldn’t have anticipated was how the seemingly modest act of handing someone a cup of coffee could turn into the grandest of gestures. Read more>>