When starting a for profit business, the question always comes up: what will I do with the profits? It seemed sensible that if I am blessed with any profits to be prudent. I would keep the majority for of it for myself, give some to church & family, and save some for retirement.
My mentor, pastor, and lead cheerleader in the creation of K-Mama Sauce, Rev. Kim, helped me see a different way than the traditional business plan. Tying in my desire to give back to the community, to help all those that I can, he suggested creating a business that has at its core a social good. With this in mind, K-Mama became a link to giving to the ministries I care about most: alternative food economies, community housing, and even a radical notion of shared purse. This evolved into our company mission. An important element of our mission is that we donate 30% of profits, cementing our commitment by committing our bottom line to our beliefs.
My stints in ministry, community organizing, and government allowed me to see that there is both my personal and community’s interest when a private company interacts regularly with its partners in the public and non-profit spheres. The tripod of effective businesses, governments, and non-profits are based on the interrelated of the others, and yet, each are silo-ed and the relationships can be strained. Instead of a reluctant trudging along of interactions from one industry to the next, I see the beauty of working together with schools, food shelters, places of worship, AND local businesses as the best way to care for my business and community.
We not only create jobs for my church members, but for young adults in the larger community who are neck-deep in debt with school loans. I not only hire, but partner with business people, entrepreneurs, and company who have social missions and are not doing it for a marketing ploy.
K-Mama Sauce, LLC has partnered with Junior Achievement, SACA Food Shelter, Open Arms, HeightsNEXT, and most of all Church of All Nations. Our relationships are current and our contributions are dependent upon our company growth. Our customers are the driving force behind our ability to contribute! Buy K-Mama Sauce and support our partners!