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What’s eSmart Recycling’s Why? Holistic Sustainability


Electronic waste is the fastest-growing municipal waste stream in the world, increasing 3-times faster than the world’s population. It represents 2% of the waste in landfills but accounts for almost 80% of toxic and hazardous waste. It is estimated that only 20% of the electronics produced in America are recycled. This is a staggering number, especially considering that around 300,000 computers are disposed of daily. Tony Selvaggio is an Inner City 100 Award winner, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) alumnus, and CEO of eSmart Recycling. Selvaggio had a background in scrap metal and knew there was money to be made by salvaging parts from old computers. In 2016, he launched eSmart Recycling, a company that combines environmental sustainability and social impact metrics, resulting in a holistic approach to offsetting carbon emissions through recycling technology at a corporate and residential level. As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Selvaggio shares how fellow small business owners can celebrate with their team members, “A little goes a long way. Most people would love to help if they just knew how. Even a simple game or call to action to do one small thing, especially if it is measurable, can bring you together as a team and serve as a catalyst for change.” Read More


Saluting Success: Veterans Making an Impact Through Education, Entrepreneurship, and Community Building


ICIC proudly highlights the achievements of veteran alumni and supporters from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, showcased by entrepreneurs such as Carl Chaisson and Darcella Craven. These individuals are not only advancing in their business endeavors but are also leaving a positive impact on the veteran community. Under the leadership of Carl Chaisson, United One Communications goes beyond cybersecurity expertise, embodying the fusion of education and community engagement fostered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The company, a defense contractor since 2015, not only contributes to national cybersecurity efforts but also prioritizes the education and development of its employees. Darcella Craven, the driving force behind the VetBiz, is dedicated to empowering veterans through entrepreneurship. Whether as Executive Director of VetBiz or Regional Advocate at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, her comprehensive approach includes education, consulting, and mentoring, resulting in impressive outcomes such as creating jobs and assisting more than 8,000 entrepreneurs. Both stories exemplify how education and community building are essential foundations for building successful and socially conscious businesses that contribute meaningfully to the community and the nation. Read More


VetCor Services: A veteran’s commitment to creating career opportunities for former service members


While at Inner City Capital Connections' culminating conference, we interviewed VetCor, a veteran owned and operated Florida-based company providing 24/7 emergency services for property restoration of water and mold damage. While they await their ICCC program start in early 2018, they continue to understand ways to grow their small business while maintaining their mission to provide veterans with fulfilling work after their military services. Read More


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