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Key Idea: Find The Cause That Fits

Toby Malichi (0.23 to 0.31) opens this segment.  John Bachmann, a Managing Partner of Edward Jones Investments of St. Louis (0.32 to 1:08) has been the chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce.   More...

Key Question:


Choose a cause to invest your time in as a volunteer.  Toby Malichi volunteers to serve on the US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council because he wants to help other American small business owners export. He has already been successful doing business around the world and he is happy to share his knowledge.

Q: How do you find the charities and causes that best suit you?

A: For those of us who have been in business a long time this is easy and almost obvious. We get involved in causes that touch our lives personally and we do it expecting nothing in return. If you are looking for a place to donate your energy, approach the different causes as if you are dating around and looking to marry.

Only commit after you have determined that the mission, the people and the processes of the organization are in harmony with your values and your passion. There is nothing worse than donating time and money to something that turns sour.

Think about it

What are you doing now as a volunteer? Is is satisfying? Is it time to seriously look for a charity that can benefit from your life experience?

Clip from: Volunteer! Get out of the Office!

Throughout the USA:  This special episode is a salute to the volunteer work done by the 25 million small business owners.

Over and over we learn why, "Business is not about greed." Although there are plenty of greedy people within business, the very first principle of business is to create something of value; and to do this, we must give more than we receive. 

Small business owners are volunteers, especially in Chambers of Commerce. Chambers are the local torchbearers of good business for every community. They are the foremost advocates for a better future for everyone.

The Chambers recognize and often reward those who do good things within a community. They reinforce the good and they discuss, analyze and attempt to change the bad. Since 1994 we have turned to the Chambers to validate, recommend and guide us with the selection of businesses for each episode of the show. The people within the Chambers know who are the givers and who are the takers.

In this program we learn from many owners why they volunteer.

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Find The Cause That Fits

HATTIE: (VO) Bruce Camber, our Executive Producer, and I have served on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council for over a decade. While most meetings are held in Washington D.C., the most recent meeting took place in Boca Raton Florida.

HATTIE: So tell me why are you in Boca Raton today?

TOBY: I'm in Boca Raton today to advance the issues of small, medium-sized enterprises through the United States Chamber of Commerce efforts.

JOHN BACHMAN: encourage more people to be in business.

HATTIE: (VO) John Bachman has served as the volunteer chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a senior partner of Edward Jones.

JOHN BACHMAN: I'm here because I believe in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is the voice of business and whether you're a large business or a small business there are issues that bring us together and in order to make certain our voice is heard, we have to speak out on our own. And yet we can't do it unless we join with others. So being a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce enables my voice to be heard in the way it otherwise couldn't be.

HATTIE: (VO) John works closely with Tom Donahue, the U.S. Chamber's president and CEO. Tom is all for working hard and for making sure volunteers have fun and enjoy some delicious food.

HATTIE: (VO) Small business owners are involved in Chamber activity at the national, regional, state and local level.

ALBERT BLACK: I think we have to do those things in order to be effective leader.

HATTIE: (VO) For business owners like Albert Black in Dallas TX, volunteering started the day he opened for business. Albert has served in many capacities at the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, including the President of the Chamber Board. Here's Albert in action.

ALBERT: Mr. Chairman, Small Business Resource Council is running and functioning properly. 

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