Another way to extend socially responsible beliefs is through the gifts you choose for customers and employees. With this in mind, Michael Arkes, president and CEO of Hinda Incentives, Chicago (, has created a nonprofit association, Helping Hand Rewards, to assist socially conscious and charitable organizations in selling their wares to our industry.

The companies with include: John & Kira's, a Philadelphia-based company that helps inner-city schoolchildren; and the nonprofit Enterprising Kitchen, a Chicago-based manufacturer of spa products that offers workforce development and support services to local women, who work in all aspects of the business. For more information, or to order their products, visit or

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