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Craving a job that felt more rewarding, Eric Walter sold the tech business he'd built over 15 years and launched Black Bear Composting. Photo: John Robinson

Rich soil? The rise, fall, and rebirth of Black Bear Composting

After selling the tech business he’d built over 15 years, Eric Walter wanted to do something more rewarding. “More fulfilling spiritually,” he says. “Out from behind a desk and outside.” His Chicago tech business, Gorilla, had Patagonia as a client. “Sustainability infused everything they do,” says Walter. “That changed something for me.” After considering a […]

At Chancellor Street Preschool, every job is filled by a parent of one of the school’s 30 students. Photo: Courtesy Chancellor Street Preschool

Flow of the co-op: Chancellor Street Preschool is owned and run by parents

At the Chancellor Street Preschool Co-operative, the business manager is a parent. The person who refills the supplies and maintenance closet with soap and toilet paper is also a parent. Parents administrate admissions and provide diversity outreach. Parents set the tuition, design the schedule and make strategic decisions about the school’s future. “Every job is […]

Good work: Doing good is good business

Good work: Doing good is good business

Cristine Nardi asks us to imagine Charlottesville without the nonprofit sector. No Paramount Theater or Discovery Museum on the Downtown Mall. No WNRN to listen to in the car. No Thomas Jefferson Foundation to open the doors of Monticello. No Jefferson School to preserve the legacy of the African-American community. No University of Virginia or […]