Small Business, Big Impact
Small businesses are the backbone of the Miami-Dade economy. As a small business owner, you are in it for the long haul. Your business is rooted in the community – and community involvement can be a valuable recruitment and retention tool for your company.
By choosing to become a United Way Small Business United member, you can build your business and employee morale. It is simple and affordable for your business to assume a place of leadership in our community. This initiative makes philanthropy easier and more rewarding for the business community in Miami.
Benefits of Membership
Employer benefits include:
- Brand exposure and recognition on social media and website
- Networking opportunities to help grow your business
- Volunteer and team building opportunities where owners can connect and engage with their employees
- Professional development opportunities including:
- Business Breakfast series
- Business happy hour
- Volunteer projects
- Meet & Eat networking dinner
- Business coaching
- Invitations to United Way of Miami-Dade events
Employee benefits include:
- Access to a wide range of United Way services, including:
- FamilyWize discount prescription savings program
- Free tax preparation through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- Lunch and learn series
- Access to United Way of Miami-Dade funded programs
Small Business Spotlight
For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Benjamin Douglas.
1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?
Benjamin Douglas is a boutique technology and sales staffing and recruitment agency based in South Miami. The company was founded by Douglas Viney who hold over 15 years global experience, staffing for companies like HP, Dell, Oracle, Microsoft and Pearson Education to name just a few. Since moving to Miami, Doug and the Benjamin Douglas team have helped 100’s of local companies find talent. Using UK processes in a US market has made us stand out against some tough competition in the industry. Our business philosophy is to work with integrity at all times. Unfortunately the recruitment industry has a bad reputation, by treating all clients and candidates with respect you already stand head and shoulders above the rest.
2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?
When I moved to Miami six years ago a wise man told me that it is imperative that you get involved in the community here. I joined all the chambers, went on thousands of networking events and this really helped kick start my business. I had always heard of United Way and the great causes that they represent, I had just never reached out. In January this year I decided it was my time to give back and the Small Business initiative was just being rolled out, perfect timing. Since then we have sponsored a few events, done some volunteering and I even won a car at the annual luncheon. I am a massive fan of United Way and hope to be a Tocqueville member in the not too distant future.
3. How did your business get started?
I started my business after a number of interviews here in the US and every company told me they only offer 10 days PTO. As someone who loves to travel and spend time with his family, this just wasn’t going to work for me. So I started Benjamin Douglas. Now I offer all my employees unlimited PTO. Treat them like adults and they will come to work happier.
4. What is a lesson learned?
Don’t jump into something without really doing your due diligence first. Its human nature to want to be positive and say yes to everything but sometimes this can backfire on you.
5. What’s your favorite quote?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Small Business United Annual Donation Levels and Benefits
- Certificate of support
- Company listed on unitedwaymiami.org
- Mention in United Way’s general communications
- Access to United Way’s giving communities
- Networking events
- Professional development opportunities
- Access to open volunteer events
In addition to $1,000 benefits
- Logo listed on unitedwaymiami.org
- Social media mentions
- Membership for 2 employees total in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United, or Continue United
- Employee resources (FamilyWize discount card, VITA expert tax preparation, United Way Center for Financial Stability)
- 1 managed employee volunteer opportunities
- Lunch and Learn Seminars (Example topics are Money Management, How to Improve Your Credit Score, Budget 101, and Parent Resources)
- Discounted ticket packages for selected United Way events
In addition to $2,500 benefits
- Logo linked to your website
- Membership for 1 additional employee in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United, or Continue United
- 1 additional managed employee volunteer opportunity
- Opportunity for additional feature in printed and/or digital assets
- Opportunity to be highlighted at an event
- Entered into a drawing for CEO to attend the Tocqueville Society Grand Reception
- Preferred seating at Small Business United events
- Complimentary access to selected events
In addition to $5,000 benefits
- 2 additional managed employee volunteer opportunity
- Membership for one to United Way Tocqueville Society, an influential group of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders who share a passion for the community
- Opportunity to attend monthly Tocqueville Tuesday events
- Attend the Tocqueville Society Grand Reception
- Listed as a sponsor of a giving community event
- Invitation to attend Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards
- Opportunity to receive tickets from our donated sporting event ticket inventory