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The Sum of It - Jan edition
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Season of giving

What's on our minds this month


It’s hard to turn on the news or scroll through a Facebook feed these days without encountering nothing but doom and gloom. But despite a turbulent 2016, we’ve still got a future ahead of us to forge. It will be a year of big changes—some good and some bad—but we as business leaders can still weather these times through optimism, resiliency, and standing up for our values.

This year, we will be adding the “+Impact Corner” to our monthly newsletters. Each month, we will highlight organizations that represent values we share at Creative Business, and share ways businesses and individuals are creating positive impact in their communities. If you have ideas and tips you want to share for future newsletters, please send them to us!


Big changes for business regulations


Small business owners should be aware of some new rules coming into place in 2017, including earlier tax form due dates for 1099s and partnerships, minimum wage increases, and health reimbursement plans for small employers. Read on to find out what you need to know.

+Impact Corner

Kiva

Sisters (and brothers) in solidarity


It’s never been a more important time to speak out as a woman, whether that’s for equal pay, the right to family planning and reproductive health care, or family-friendly work policies for new mothers and fathers. The Women’s March on Washington is a step forward in that direction, bringing together the voices of hundreds of thousands to unapologetically fight for all to have equal rights.

How to take action: If you can’t make it to the march, or one of the many sister marches around the world, you can still support the cause through your donation or by donating to one of the many partner organizations helping women around the world, including Planned Parenthood, Equality Now, Human Rights Campaign and more.
New Economy Initiative

Be the best you can "B" for NYC


More than 600 New York City businesses have taken up the challenge to be the "Best for NYC" by taking the B Corps impact assessment and making pledges to improve their business practices in order to make a positive impact for their workers, the community, and the environment.

How to take action: Take the free assessment to see how your business stacks up, then make a pledge to make a difference. The website offers free tools and best practice guides to help you work towards your goals.

Sum Dates to Remember


Jan 17-Feb 5
2-for-1 tix available during NYC Broadway Week

Jan 20-29
Winter Antiques Show at Park Armory

Jan 21
Women’s March on Washington

Jan 28
Winter Jam, NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day

Until Feb 4
Andrea Rosen Gallery presents Miguel Ángel Cárdenas

Until Feb 12
Visit the "Mosquitoes Dusts & Thieves" exhibit at 47 Canal

Until Feb 18
Cory Arcangel & Olia Lialina's "Asymmetrical Response" tech-savvy show at The Kitchen

Sum Stuff for your Radar




PussyHat Project


What it is: Make your own knitted pink cat hats to wear or distribute to Women’s March participants.

Why we like it: It’s a simple but crafty way to show support—let's show our power in pink!



Sapiens


What it is: A brief history of humankind

Why we like it: A new perspective on the human constructs we’ve used to create our own societies

Adding it all up...


"Change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it."
           —Barack Obama

Last year, we adopted the one-word resolution of Build for our newsletters. This year, we think the most appropriate word is Action. Essentially, our aspirations are only as good as the actions we take to achieve them.

As we face what will be an unpredictable year ahead, we will need to constantly remind ourselves not to become complacent, not to allow our lives to be defined by hatred, bigotry, sexism, or xenophobia. Being business leaders, we have a special role to play to stand up for what we believe is right, to protect the unprotected from bullying, and to uphold our core values despite what changes around us.
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