Good Business New York is an award-winning online news platform (“Standout Company of The Year” by the Washington Post Leadership Playlist) and social business network for the sustainable small business community. GBNY was launched in July 2011 as a social enterprise whose mission is to support small sustainable business through affordable new media products and services specifically tailored to small socially good business. GBNY operates as a for-profit/non-profit hybrid model (L3C) under the direction of parent company, Good Business International, Inc., a not-for-profit think-tank for sustainable business thought leadership. Good Business International, Inc. is a member in good-standing of the United Nations Global Compact.
Monika Mitchell: Founder/CEO: Monika is a small business veteran and renowned expert on socially good business & finance. She is a founding member of the United Nations NGO “Values & Business Working Group.” During the financial crisis, her passion for socially good and sustainable business led her to launch the hugely popular “The Economy of Trust Blog” (2008). Monika has received multiple awards for her blogs, books, thought leadership, and investigative reporting including the IPPY Award for Business Ethics and INDIE Award for Social Change. Her co-authored book on the financial crisis “Conversations with Wall Street” won the 2012 Axiom Book Award for Business Ethics. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was named one of 2012 “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business” by Trust Across America.
Monika loves New York City, Paris, San Francisco, animals, the Ocean, Riverside Park, Madison Sq.Park, theatre, great conversation, and gluten-free pizza! No necessarily in that order! :- )
Kenny Rivera -Multi Media Director: Kenny Rivera is a Brooklyn born native that graduated from the College at Staten Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications. When he is not out and about shopping and dining at the latest trending NYC hotspots, he is traveling the country and touring various amusement parks with fellow ACE (American Coaster Enthusiast) members. In a recent trip to California for a theme park tour, he made a pit stop at the Grammy museum to pay homage to his idol, Whitney Houston. Want to win the key to his heart? Then feed him! This bottomless pit loves nothing more than indulging in Las Vegas’ #1 rated Bellagio buffet!
Chantrese Williams – Social Media & Research: Chantrese is passionate about helping the underdog come out on top and her mission to give a voice to the voiceless makes Good-b the perfect home for her. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Media & Communications and American Studies, she loves a good margarita, dressing up like Whitney Houston, volunteering and listening to the sounds of Motown. If you offer her a cupcake or peanut butter cookie, you will officially be her new best friend.
Ron Davison: Operations Director (aka Good-b’s Right Arm): At every functioning small business, there is one person who keeps everything moving in the right direction. At Good-b, that someone is our resident champion, Ron! Basically, Ron does everything at Good-b that you don’t see or don’t know you are seeing. He wears manager, partner, chief operating bottle-washer hats! He is also techie, tweeter, publisher, researcher, and editor! Good-b wouldn’t function very well without him! (We love you Ron!) Ron hails originally from the midwest – near Cleveland, Ohio. That is where we get our genuine “nice niceness” from! Ron loves New York, London, Seattle, good wine, good food, Good Business, Sci Fi and most importantly: coffee and chocolate (3 Musketeer bars are his favs!) and good friends.
Dori O’Dea: Video Host-Journalist: Dori O’Dea is a professional actor, writer, jewelry designer and teacher happy to have joined the Good-b team! Her webisode and blog, My Peculiar Life, follows the ramblings and joys of a life well lived amongst good people and unusually humorous settings in Brooklyn, NY. While not napping with her dog, Tribble, or walking her fish, Dude, Dori dreams up ways to make the world laugh (with her and not at her). Dori is grateful to be part of Good-b’s team, focusing on the infinite possibilities of positive intentions and visionary entrepreneurs.
Lauren Corse: Lauren has a Bachelors in Literature and a bitter sweet obsession with philosophy and pizza. She is from Miami, now in Brooklyn, but is forever condemned to perpetually seeking the land of truth!
Darnell Roberts: Publicity: Darnell is a Buffalo born, Bronx bred, marketing/PR guy who holds a Bachelors in Broadcast Communications. He never shuts up, he even talks in his sleep. Not a day goes by without him texting, tweeting, emailing, blogging (he thinks he has magic thumbs!) Bill Gates said, “if I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on PR”. He agrees.
Francis Tejada: Videographer-
Andrew Schwartz – Contributing Journalist, Sustainable Development : Andrew is an investigative journalist and editor focused on GenY social entrepreneurship, social ethics, interfaith relationships, and environmental justice. Andrew has written for State of Formation, Union Now, the Union Voice in addition to Good-b. In Rio+20, he participated as a panelist for youth involvement in sustainable development. He is a native of Oregon and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University. Andrew recently graduated from the Union Theological Seminary in New York with a Master’s degree.
John Bain: Green Blogger: John doubles as Good-b’s resident skeptic and most vocal social critic as well as green blogger. John keeps us laughing with his off-beat wit & humor. He graduated with honors from New York University where he studied journalism and English Literature.
AllTech Pros: Gregg Peichyna -Tech Wizard: Many things happen in the middle of the night at Good-b! That is when we update servers and generally smooth out operations. Gregg puts it all together and keeps us going somehow through every major tech calamity! (And there have been quite a few!)
Joey Pero: Trumpeter-Vocalist Exraordinaire: If you are wondering who this handsome fellow is…it’s none other than international star of stage and club and Elvis look-a-like: Joey P. Joey graciously lent Good-b his original composition, “Rapt” to use with Good-b audio recordings. Rapt is a hot brassy number that can be found on his critically acclaimed album, Resonance, produced by Charles Ressler.
Charles Ressler: Creative Advisor: Charles is a one-of-a-kind artistic wizard who can market anything with zing! He is a former talent manager, recording artist and producer. He reports for Good-b from his home digs in Las Vegas on sustainability trends in marketing. Whatever happens in Vegas stays there and makes its way to Good-b via Charles
In addition to our established business leader contributors, Good-b maintains a a group of talented contributing writers. Bloggers are accepted by invitation only. We maintain high journalistic standards. If you have a passion for socially good and sustainable business and have an expertise in one or more areas we cover (check categories) and you can write in an engaging well-informed way, we welcome your inquiry. College students and recent grads are welcome to apply as well. Submissions should be by query first (a brief description of blog subject and your credentials). If accepted by one of our editors, then you will receive approval and guidelines for how to proceed.