Stream Energy: Charity is Part of the Culture…

For Dallas-based Stream Energy, charity and philanthropy are part of the company culture. A new trend has emerged in corporate gifting and it’s a trend that transcends the monetary amounts recorded in the hall of statistics for sub-chapter C write-offs and scandal buffers. As noted by Patch, this is a trend that integrates gifting directly into the company culture by creating a company department that is dedicated to philanthropy and nothing else! Stream Energy calls this department, “Stream Cares.”

Stream Cares does everything in its power to serve its purpose. Stream’s associates are direct sellers (aka independent contractors) and they donate their own self-employed income to Dallas charities. Stream Energy makes sure that Stream Cares matches their donations! They did this for North Texas Tornado victims and also for hurricane victims. To really integrate gifting into the company culture, one must pick a cause that all the locals can get behind.

It turns out that Dallas happens to the be the home to an awful lot of veterans that are in need. Stream Cares worked with a local restaurant of high acclaim, and a company called the American Doll Co. to provide an experience that these vets and their families are likely to never forget as long as they live. Stream Energy kicked things off with the veterans first.

Stream paid for the local vets, and their families, to have an incredible lunch at the acclaimed restaurant. Burgers, steaks, and even ribs were had by all! As always, Stream Energy associates and members of corporate staff were on hand to assist the real way; through elbow grease.

Any veterans that happened to have young daughters were in for a real treat also. The American Doll Co. along with Stream Cares allowed each of the girls to pick out a doll that they could bring home and call their own! The happy times for the girls did not end here, however. All the girls were bussed to lunch at the American Doll Co. Cafe, the same way that their fathers were bussed in for that BBQ lunch! More of corporate America is likely to catch charity fever if they make it as fun as Stream Energy makes it.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2016/11/14/dallas-stream-energy-relocate-headquarters-addison.html

OSI Group: Starting From The Bottom

They’re one of the largest food providers in the world who has amassed 20,000 employees over a stretch of 17 countries inside 65 facilities. The OSI Group started from the bottom and rose its way up to be a huge corporate business with an enormous piece of the 20th century economy. It has made its presence in the market and continues to grow as a modernized business within the globally ever-changing economy.

Roots

OSI Group begins with an American immigrant story. At the beginning of the 20th century, Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant living in Chicago. At this time Germans were a quarter of the population in the city during this period. The city thrived as the new entry point for immigrants fleeing to the area in hopes of creating their own farms. However, in 1909, Chicago’s Oak Park on the west side, Kolschowsky started a small meat market and butcher shop for the residents in his community. This went on for nearly a decade and he was able to do good business. Yet when the first world war was ending, this prompted Kolschowsky to get into the wholesale business. That said, he picked up his operations and headed to Maywood, a Chicago suburb.

Within 10 years the business formed into a thriving immigrant, family-owned company with the new name of Otto and Sons. At the start of the post-war economic expansion there was an increase of suburbs growing throughout the United States. A demand and inventiveness rose as the war was ending. There are only two small family businesses left in this growing market. This was at the time in 1955 when the first McDonald’s was open by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines Illinois. He was a franchise agent who represented a couple by the name Richard and Maurice McDonald out of San Bernardino California. The OSI Group remains as a leading provider of meat. The owners serviced McDonalds for years after they cut a deal to remain as the main producer of their famous burgers. OSI Group continues finding ways to elevate the food processing business across the world.