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When Ken Jacobus quit his Silicon Valley job to set up Good Start Packaging in 2009, he had little knowledge of the packaging industry, and less than $10,000 in inventory. To make sure every dollar went as far as it possibly could, the entrepreneur did the only sensible thing: he did everything himself. He took on sales, admin, management and even the delivery of product.

Today, Jacobus' company is changing the way that restaurants handle packaging, and helping to create a new sustainable paradigm for the fast food industry. To find out how, read the brand-new Forbes article here.

temp-post-imageA remarkable new tool is being used to help families rank their own economic condition red, yellow or green based upon an array of indicators–and may be on its way to changing the microfinance game. Developed by social entrepreneur Martín Burt, who founded Fundación Paraguaya over three decades ago to promote economic empowerment in Paraguay, Poverty Stoplight is working to give families the tools they need to pull themselves out of poverty.

For more details on this impressive org, read the OZY article here.

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Food access is a vexing problem, especially in the inner cities, and small business has a critical role to play in providing workable solutions. We've seen scores of hopeful innovations in this area, many aimed at redirecting the tons of food that are wasted in our cities every day.

Entrepreneur Mark Brand knows what it's like to be hungry; he was once homeless himself. And as a chef, he has a unique perspective on the matter: “I believe that food is the conduit to love and to show people that we really deeply care about them and their success. And that every time we do the opposite, it is the opposite. It’s disrespecting people,” he explains.

Brand and his company MBI have created a program that allows people to buy meal...

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It has always been a peculiar trait of American culture: we love to tear down our heroes. It seems that by witnessing their foibles, we feel a commonality with our icons that would otherwise be denied.

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Food access in the inner city is a problem that we've long struggled with, and the inability to find anything other than fast food in many of our urban environments is a serious health concern. Thankfully, we've seen some inroads in this area, especially in the world of nonprofits.

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Budding entrepreneur Paul Crowell has chosen what might be the least likely of causes: his mission is to feed the dogs of San Francisco's homeless community. What started as one small act of kindness–feeding a hungry dog in his Mission neighborhood–soon became an obsession for him. And this month, crowdfunding site GoFundMe gave Crowell's organization a huge boost.

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When Beto Yarce first came to the U.S., he took a job bussing tables at a Mexican restaurant, despite his college degree. Over time, he used his advantages to get ahead and build a successful business, but along the way he saw many others that didn't have those advantages. The lack of English skills in particular was a handicap, and Yarce knew he could help.

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After Dan Schorr missed the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon though he completed the race, he started thinking about his life in different terms. Specifically, the young businessman wanted to have no regrets to look back upon. This led him to start his company Vice Cream, a food venture dedicated to the "real" ice cream experience.

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As a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, Shawn Springs learned more about head trauma than he likely cared to. Football players are often left with horrible medical consequences as a result of their work, and his 13 seasons in the NFL had opened Springs' eyes to the considerable risk.

Now, he's taking action to help solve the problem. His company Windpact works on technology for not just athletes, but soldiers, recreational facilities and other occupations in which people suffer from impacts to the head and body. And he's maklng progress: Windpact recently signed a two-year, $600,000 contract with the U.S. Army to develop padding for combat helmets.

You can read Springs' impressive story at the Columbus Dispatch, here.