Offers telecommunications services.
ComTec reduced hardship for its clients during lockdowns through debt restructuring and forgiveness of unused services. Early in the pandemic, it provided at-risk companies with web-based services, allowing them to work remotely and save the livelihoods of thousands of employees. It emphasized contributions to underfunded nonprofits focusing on troubled youths and financially impacted families struggling with mental illness.
Provides cloud-based phone services.
Broadvoice’s communications solutions were designed for small and medium-size businesses to stay connected to their customers, employees, and suppliers. Understanding the economic and safety challenges of the outbreak, Broadvoice extended more than $1 million in credits and payment deferments to its small-business customers, and joined the Stand for Small coalition of companies that have come together to support America’s small businesses impacted by Covid-19.
Connects campers with private camping spots, RVs, cabins, tree houses, and more.
The "Airbnb of outdoor stays," HipCamp is a platform connecting the outward bound to private, rentable camping spots, RVs, cabins, and tree houses. Its service also covers all national, state, regional, and Army Corps parks in all 50 states. The company aims to grow the camping industry enough to discourage landowners from development. At the onset of the pandemic, co-founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio sought to redirect money from bookings directly to camp hosts. Its investors include Will Smith, JayZ, Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Caterina Fake, and Dave Morin.
Assists clients with luxury travel planning.
SmartFlyer's Equity in Travel mentorship program, launched this year, aims to provide BIPOC college students with a path to internships and jobs in the luxury travel industry. During their junior or senior year, students are paired with mentors, who help them gain real-world experience and build up their network. The program culminates in the Innovation Summit, where mentees share their final project with industry leaders.
Offers catering services in the greater Chicago area.
Tasty Catering, which typically produces 200-plus outdoor events over the summer, helps those who have been addicted and gone through rehab reenter the workforce without background checks. It also employs many young adults from local schools. The caterer’s Tasty Cares organization, a group of employees who plan local outreach, receives an annual budget to sponsor fundraisers like the Pancakes for Parkinson’s breakfast. Additionally, the caterer donates food to local pantries.