It's the Gifts that Give Campaign!

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ClientJoy wouldn't exist without the amazing support of our community - friends and family who are along for the ride through thick and thin. As the product of so many helping hands, giving back is, and will always be, part of our company's DNA.

Starting this holiday season, we're launching our Gifts That Give Campaign, an initiative that makes it easy for our customers to purchase gifts and donate to some of our favorite community groups.

Every four months, we'll choose nonprofits that we love and give them 10% of sales we make when customers use a custom discount code during their purchase.

In our first ever giving campaign, we're supporting four incredible organizations: Pitch Black, the XXcelerate Fund, TiE Oregon's Young Entrepreneur's Program and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. We've handpicked them because they've had such a profound impact on us and so many others. Read about each program and then use their discount code to send a few gifts.

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Pitch Black 

Photo Credit: Kersten Green Photography

 

Pitch Black is an event that was started in 2015 to give African-American startup entrepreneurs a platform to connect with the growing startup ecosystem in Portland, Oregon. "PitchBlack" is the brainchild of Stephen Green, entrepreneur, recovering banker and sneaker-head.

As a past participant and an annual attendee, it's one of my favorite events because it feels like a family reunion - we come together at Instrument for drinks by the gifted Ian Williams of Deadstock Coffee, catch up with folks we haven't seen because we've all been hustling hard and watch black entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a packed house. It's inspiring, soul-healing and so much fun! 

This year, women cleaned up! Winners Lindsey Murphy, Jordan Hayles, Grace Andrews and Kayin Talton Davis knocked it out of the park and split a total of $20,000 in prize money to grow their companies. With so much success in Portland, Pitch Black is growing to new cities and highlighting the exciting innovation that black entrepreneurs bring to the table across the United States.

Help us raise money for the 2018 Pitch Black winners! When you use discount code PBLACK2017, you'll receive a 5% discount and give 10% of your order to the Pitch Black cash prize.

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The XXcelerate Fund 

 

XXcelerate Fund began with a group of women entrepreneurs gathered around a kitchen table. They faced a lack of support, education, and funding opportunities necessary to grown their businesses. They started looking into the existing structures and saw a gap - despite starting businesses at twice the rate of men, women receive 2.97% of venture capital and less than 5% of SBA backed bank loans. 

Forging partnerships with experienced professionals in lending and venture capital, government, and philanthropic institutions, XXcelerate represents a new way to fund growing businesses based on sustainable growth, education, personal accountability, and women's empowerment. It's capital designed to fit the needs of women and underrepresented founders.

Having recently launched the first cohort of women entrepreneurs, XXcelerate is coaching, mentoring and educating a group of women leaders who have and will continue to shape our local, state, regional and national economy with their growing companies! Stay tuned because it's just getting started!

Help us raise money to support women entrepreneurs. Use discount code XXCELERATE2017 when you order to save 5% on your order and donate 10% to the XXcelerate Fund.

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TiE Oregon's Young Entrepreneurship Program

 

TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Oregon is a TiE Oregon initiative to inspire, challenge and empower students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, business and community leaders. Each week, students gather as part of an extracurricular program or in classrooms at four area high schools - Benson High School, Reynolds High School, Rosemary Anderson High School East and Rosemary Anderson High School North - to invent new products and services, refine their business models and interview customers to create solutions to problems they see in their communities. 

The program runs annually from October to May and culminates in a State Competition. This year, we have more than 20 teams who will compete to represent TYE Oregon at the Global TYE Competition in Washington DC at the end of June 2018.

As one of four TYE instructors, I'm so proud to be part of this important education and pipeline-building work. Teaching high school students how to think like entrepreneurs helps them think critically assess challenges. Then, we guide them down the path toward using their personal passions and the skills they learn at TYE to build solutions.

Help us support our amazing TYE student entrepreneurs! Use discount code TYE2017 when you order to save 5% on your order and donate 10% to TYE Oregon.

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Oregon Entrepreneur's Network

 

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) helps entrepreneurs start up and scale up by connecting them to peers and mentors, startup funding opportunities, and hands-on training. A nonprofit, membership-driven organization with a 25-year track record, their mission is to drive innovation, facilitate job creation, and put Oregon on the map as a center for entrepreneurial excellence.

The OEN team cultivates personal connections with over 50 events and programs each year. More than 54,000 community members from a wide range of industries and backgrounds have participated in an OEN program or event since 1999.

Having attended many OEN events, spoken on panels and served on their advisory board, it has been a great way to meet fellow entrepreneurs who can commiserate and advisors who can help troubleshoot any problem hurled our way. There is also the occasional opportunity to make funny videos.

Help us support the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network as they help educate and grow our vibrant entrepreneurial community! Use discount code OEN2017 when you order to save 5% on your order and donate 10% to OEN.