When Small Businesses Make a Big Impact: Interviews with Groupon Merchants on Corporate Philanthropy

Groupon Grassroots merchant partner, Tire Pros & Auto Repair, repurposes tires to build a community garden and provide fresh produce to a Phoenix neighborhood in need.

Groupon Grassroots merchant partner, Tire Pros & Auto Repair, repurposes tires to build a community garden and provide fresh produce to a Phoenix neighborhood in need.

Here at Groupon we value giving back. Whether it’s through our Groupon Grassroots pro-bono fundraising campaigns, Groupon’s Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), or local merchant initiatives, we work to use our resources reinventing the ecommerce space for local businesses to make a positive impact. However, our corporate operation is not the only facet of the Groupon community making a difference.

We work with scores of small business owners integral to the economic success and cultural personality of their community. And despite their small size, many of these businesses are finding ways to create meaningful change in their own communities through philanthropic work, sponsorship, and in-kind giving—often strengthening their own business and ties to the community in the process.

So to celebrate merchant philanthropy we are running a series of merchant interviews that spotlight the great work Groupon merchants are doing in their communities. Each of these three merchants found ways to use their resources, expertise, and voice to make an impact, and we hope that their stories and advice will inspire other merchants to incorporate this type of giving into their own businesses.

Look out for the three interviews on Groupon Works and Groupon Grassroots that will be posted over the next three days, and a final wrap-up post with tips for making an impact with your business. Have any ideas for how we can continue to spotlight the great work of merchants in the local business sector? Let us know under the comments section below.