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Valerie Holstein, may be privately owned and employ only around 50 people, but we don’t let our small size keep us from making a big impact. We believe in making a difference in other peoples’ lives, so year in and year out, our company contributes donations of time and money to organizations large and small, both in South Florida and around the world.


Winner of Stevie Award in 2006Taking the lead in community service and contributions is Valerie Holstein, our Co-Founder, President and CEO. After being presented with a 2006 Stevie Award for Women in Business, Valerie has most recently been named a finalist in the 2009 Stevie Awards’ Best Entrepreneur category. As a successful woman-owned and operated business, we, the team, feel that it’s not only our duty to support women in our community, but also to reach out to charitable organizations throughout South Florida.


Local School Contributions

Being the mother of two young daughters, Valerie regularly supports the schools they attend by donating arts and crafts supplies, as well as a variety of other items like holiday decorations, classroom prizes and healthy snacks, to the Pompano Beach School District. In addition to making time to shop for and deliver donated materials, Valerie further gives of her time by volunteering at school-sponsored activities, including Breakfast with Santa.


Plantation Junior Woman’s Club and the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Since 2007, has contributed to the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club, who in turn have sponsored several Art in the Park fundraising events to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as several local charities serving families in need. As a result of these sponsored fundraisers, at least 5 children battling life-threatening illnesses experienced the miracle of kindness when granted wishes that ranged from trips to Disney World and Broadway to video game shopping sprees.


Habitat for Humanity

Our company has also donated to worldwide organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, whose Women Building a Legacy program we’ve recently provided support for. As it aims to solve one of the most pressing needs that we as humans have (shelter), this groundbreaking program encourages women specifically to get involved in the construction of safe and affordable housing for those in need of it.


Kiva Loans

Inspired by the hard work, creativity and resourcefulness of Third World entrepreneurs, has taken the plunge into becoming a lender though Kiva, a non-profit organization that connects business owners in underdeveloped nations with individuals and companies willing to provide them with small, interest-free business loans. These mini loans enable entrepreneurs in Third World countries to purchase much-needed supplies and otherwise expand their businesses, provide for their families, and stimulate their local economies. To date, we’ve loaned to 6 individuals in Africa, Asia and South America.


Breast Cancer Awareness

Most recently, we have, quite literally, joined the race to cure Breast Cancer. As the culmination to months of training and fundraising, a team of employees will be running the Fort Lauderdale A1A marathon, taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 21st, 2010. All proceeds will be donated to The Donna Foundation, a Jacksonville-based not-for-profit organization that benefits Florida women battling breast cancer, funds research, and helps to provide basic life necessities for patients and their families.


mother and child on couchWhen it comes to’s sense of community, General Manager Mildred Munjanganja says it best: “Our company takes a very strong stand on issues related to social responsibility, particularly in making decisions that have a positive outlook for our employees, our customers, and the community in which we live and operate.”



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