Blair Kirchner | Building a Business for Profit and Social Good

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Blair Kirchner | Building a Business for Profit and Social Good

Blair Kirchner

Posted on October 20, 2020

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Blair Kirchner believes that business leaders have the ability—and the responsibility—to create positive change in the world. Blair is the Managing Director and Co-Head of Impact Activities at the Kirchner Group which has been internationally recognized for centering its business around the value of “earning while returning.” Blair and his team use low-cost and high-impact investment models designed to invest capital and resources into historically underserved regions and communities. 

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, hear Blair’s insights on how businesses can be a vehicle for social good no matter the industry. He also explains the importance of values-based organizations and why business success shouldn’t be about winning the game of Capitalism but perpetuating it for everyone. 

In this episode you’ll also learn:

  • What the “Virtuous Circle” is
  • Why values are the foundation of every business
  • How to grow a socially and fiscally responsible business
  • The business benefits of giving back to the community
  • How COVID is challenging values-based companies
  • Blair’s thoughts on ESOPs and co-ops
  • Why emotional intelligence affects business leaders 
  • How the Kirchner Food Fellowship helps young entrepreneurs feed people in need
  • Which treatment boosts brainpower for people with Autism & Alzheimer’s
  • What silver linings Blair hopes to see after the pandemic ends
  • And much more!

Connect with the Kirchner Group

Kirchner Group Website
www.kirchnergroup.com

Kirchner Impact Website
kirchnerimpact.com

LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com/company/kirchner-private-capital-group

 

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More About Blair Kirchner

Blair has over 15 years of professional experience in supporting small to mid-market companies and their investors. Through this work, Blair and his team experiment with new, low-cost, high-impact investment models that can push modest amounts of equity investment capital and business resources out to find, fund, and assist promising socially responsible businesses. 

One of the experimental models, the Kirchner Food Fellowship, has become an internationally recognized leader known for lean impact investment capacity. Their portfolio now includes companies including Lucky Iron Fish, a safe, cost-effective, easy-to-use alternative to pills for those suffering from iron deficiency, Kuli Kuli, healthy food products made with moringa sourced primarily from smallholder farmers in Africa and Central America, and Tomato Jos, a vertically-integrated tomato-paste processing company serving the local Nigerian market. It’s currently the largest tomato paste importer in the world!

Blair is also on the Board of Directors for the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation a charitable organization devoted to enriching the lives of individuals with cognitive, emotional, and/or physical impairments through programs centered on the use of multi-sensory environments. 

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