You Can Do Good by Doing Business – The Millennium Group’s Story
Owning a small business is a wild and often lonely ride and unless you have a rich uncle, a sympathetic banker or win a lottery ticket, it is a ride that demands you examine your core beliefs at every bump in the road –and there are always bumps in the road. Yet it is when things seem most dire that you return, again and again, to your core values and your passions.
When I started the Millennium Group 25 years ago I believed I could do good by doing business. I believed that in small ways I could make the world a better place and make enough profit to support myself while also focusing on serious issues that affect people and communities. I was not sentimental or haughty about this belief; I simply knew it was the only way I could do business.
I am not a noble creature- not by far. I understood that building empathy, collaborating on charitable projects, connecting to those in need and building sustainable products and services is a way of life and that my business should always reflect this. Twenty-five years later I am still at it.
Today we live in a world where more and more businesses understand that they need to be out there providing something of worth, solving problems and making lives better. Collectively we should also aim to build a creative class that solves social problems. Across the country, a new breed of social entrepreneurs is looking to change the world through capitalism. Since the Great Recession, over 1,000 companies and 26 states have made a legal commitment to use business as a force for good. These organizations are seeing gigantic opportunities to work together to solve problems in their cities and beyond.
Millennium Group is just one tiny business. Yet for 25 years I have tried to create something that lasts and I have dug deeply into my own pocket to do so.
It’s time I got better at letting my clients know how I’ve run my business in an environmentally and socially responsible way. In fact, I think it’s damn important. Customers expect companies to carry their weight when it comes to social responsibility and so do I.
In 1990, just as I was learning to build and service the growing technology industry, I invented a simple green building product called THE NAILER (a drywall backer) after searching for a better way to install drywall. After 20 years of construction, I had seen my share of wasted wood and labor and had received plenty of busted knuckles installing wood backing. There had to be a simpler way, and there had to be a way to be more conscientious about energy efficiency and the environment. THE NAILER is a simple product with a big impact and one of the greenest building products on the market. After years of marketing THE NAILER, fighting a federal patent infringement case when a competitor stole the design, and barely surviving the 2008 recession, I still stand by my belief that the building industry can no longer be cavalier about their business. I must meet the challenge to eliminate safety issues, seek sustainable solutions to honor the environment, and optimize material and labor costs. My clients join me in the belief, that in the end, we are each responsible for the choices we make and the legacy we leave behind.
Learn more: THE NAILER
The Millennium Group is about more than just building computers, installing networks and solving technology problems for homes and business.
I invite you to explore www.THENAILER.com and learn about our green building product.
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