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Business Council For Peace, Inc. (Bpeace)

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Causes: International, International Exchange, International Relief

Mission: The Business Council for Peace is the nonprofit coalition of Skillanthropists. We lift communities in need by working with local entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women. More jobs mean less violence.®

Results: Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Afghan entrepreneurs who have been in the Business Council for Peace program for more than a year, average job and revenue growth better than the GDP growth in their countries.

Target demographics: High potential entrepreneurs increase employment and stabilty in their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Businesses in El Salvador, Guatemala and Afghanistan who aim to increase jobs and increase economic opportunity in their communities.

Geographic areas served: El Salvador, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Lebanon.

Programs: Bpeace Skillanthrophy: Through long-distance mentoring or in-country visits, business volunteers and U.S. Host Companies share their expertise in HR, finance, strategy, marketing and manufacturing, and provide technical advice for industries ranging from food processing to technology, to professional services.

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

athenak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life got bigger and more fulfilling the day I became a volunteer with Bpeace. In 2005 when I joined Bpeace I stepped into a community of smart, organized and committed women and men who are all about empowering women. A new world opened up to me when I took my first trip to Afghanistan to provide marketing and strategy skills to business women there. Since then I've had the privilege of serving in many roles in the organization. I'm currently a member of the team that is designing and implementing the mentoring program in Lebanon where we are working with Syrian and Lebanese university students. 20 Bpeace mentors are sharing their practical experience and hard-earned wisdom with 18 young women who are learning how to realize their dreams. My husband and I are co-mentoring a bright young Syrian woman. It is deeply fulfilling to guide and encourage her as she gets clear about her goals and takes steps to achieve them. Speaking with her is a delight and gives us hope for the future of Syria. Bpeace makes it easy and fun to use my skills to make a difference. The combination of meaningful projects with a super-organized team creates an experience that both stretches me and satisfies my need to make a contribution to others. Thank you Bpeace!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Had a tremendous experience last week working for Bpeace in Guatemala. In what other world would you work with pork rinds in the morning and automotive repair in the afternoon? Everyone was warm and attentive, and the hospitality was incomparable in my experience working with companies around the world. The only reason that I rated the experience a 4 instead of 5 is that I think we could be more effective with a stronger follow-up mechanism. We covered a lot of ground in five days with two companies. A ton of analysis, training and recommendations. It's a huge information overload in a short time frame. Some guidance during the implementation phase would likely pay dividends for the clients involved (in addition to the two planned phone follow-ups). But all-in-all, a rewarding experience that I highly recommend.

1 Stacy81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience working as a traveling mentor for bPeace was! It was tremendously fulfilling to coach and inspire these passionate entrepreneurs on new ways to build their businesses. At the same time, I learned so much from them and truly enjoyed every minute of our collaborations. I am enthusiastic about continuing to work with bPeace and the fastrunners who have become good friends.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My second traveling mentor experience with Bpeace was amazing! Not only do I have the opportunity to give back to aspiring entrepreneurs, but I also make friends for life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bpeace delivers an amazing service to small businesses in high risk conflict countries like Guatemala and Afghanistan. Their mission to network seasoned business volunteers with entrepreneurs helps scale these targeted firms, creates significant employment for all, and expands the economic power of women around the globe. I feel fortunate to have found a volunteer opportunity through Bpeace with a business owner that is making a real difference in the primary school system in Guatemala!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience in doing pro-bono consulting for Bpeace to the country of Guatemala as a traveling mentor was mutually beneficial. Enjoyed meeting like-minded entrepreneurs who craved learning and planning in order to grow their business in the local economy and contribute to their community by creating jobs. This is my second year in volunteering and will certainly return for a third year!

1 Eric102

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

In November, I travelled to Guatemala City, to mentor a small technology integration company, Grupo Set, as they were transitioning from father to son, as a company ownership. It was a great experience and I was so impressed with the way BPeace handled the introductions, travel and the overall experience. I would recommend BPeace for anyone looking to do some Pro Bono work in another country.

1 Elisabeth L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My work with Bpeace has been an inspiration for launching my own consulting business helping people bring their product ideas to life. My trip to El Salvador made me realize how much I like being in this role. What a gift!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Bpeace has been the best volunteering experience of my career. As a traveling mentor I got to work hands on with the people that benefit from Bpeace's work. It was extremely productive and rewarding!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the second time I've traveled to El Salvador to conduct a workshop with Fast Runners and talk about how to create an engaged workforce in order to create a positive culture, drive profitable business growth and create more jobs. And similar to the last time I leave feeling as if I've received much more than I could have possibly contributed. How is that? These are individuals and businesses that remain positive and forward-looking even in the face of intractable poverty, corruption and violence. They are eager to learn and more importantly apply that learning. They are willing to be challenged about their current practices and open to considering different ways of approaching their challenges. Dahlia Carranza of In-House Printing is revising job roles and descriptions to make sure her employees not only know WHAT they are expected to do but also HOW she expects them to do it. Luis Arevalo of Speak is re-thinking organizational structure to address his changing business needs while more deliberately and effectively leveraging the skills of his employees. I could go on and on however I'll give a general shout out to ALL the Fast Runners with whom I was privileged to interact with at the workshop or spend time with at their place of business: your work matters, your passion and resilience are strengths and you have invigorated me and inspired me. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BPeace has been a great resource for my business to grow and chart a clear roadmap. The ideals within BPeace are clear from everyone inside the organization, everyone working with them and the rest of the Fastrunners. The people inside the organization truly love that they do and since what they do is help out organizations. I can without a doubt say they are a group of excellent people who love to help.

2 Renata M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently in the BPeace Program in El Salvador as a Fast Runner, I have a Bakery Tuco&Tico, which has been up and running for 5 years now. During Mark Flemming's visit we had a great meeting where he advised us on changes we could make to be able to grow. A month has gone by and we are begging to see great results based on the suggestions, staring with a huge step of opening a third store by the end of the year 2016! Thanks BPeace we are looking forward for the rest of the talks with the experts that we will receive during our program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Bpeace as a Fast Runner has been extraordinary. I have found people who are passionate and willing to go out of their way to help me and my business grow. I recently met with Angela Scalpello, a wonderful lady from whom I´ve learned a lot and has helped me see my business from a different perspective. I’m very grateful for all the support and can´t wait to implement all the ideas we´ve come up with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to take a moment to express how grateful we are with Bpeace for their continuous support, guidance, inspiration, and education that they have afforded my company and myself.

We are a family run Guatemalan company that manufactures squeeze tubes for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. The introductions to qualified mentors and exchange of ideas have made a real difference in our lives and business. They have helped us determine the kind of company we want to be and the type of influence we want to have on Guatemala.

They recently sent us to Ohio to visit maufacturing plants. This trip was particularly significant for us. We had never expected to be received so warmly and enthusiastically and we came back from it inspired to continue to improve. The knowledge that these companies so generously shared with us, will not only help us grow as a business, but also proved that one can succeed without losing the core values that make up our foundation.

We face our future with optimism and confidence due in no small part to the inspiration they have provided, and we look forward to the next steps on our journey with Bpeace.

Yours gratefully,

Cristian & Walleska Castillo
CASMA, SA
Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Bpeace Member for a number of years, and am constantly impressed with both the mission and the organization behind it. The concept of supporting peace by helping to raise the standard of people who are trying to negotiate life in violence-torn regions is a worthy one. The fact that I can actually use my business skills to help positively impact the world is inspiring. And the Bpeace staff is both efficient and effective at helping to achieve this mission.

In the past I have helped via Skype, but I recently visited Guatemala to help consult with 20 small businesses with their branding issues. It was an enriching experience and I feel as if I got much more than I gave. The Fast Runners Bpeace had selected were passionate, hard-working entrepreneurs with much to offer.

I highly recommend Bpeace for anyone who would like to use their skills to help make a real impact.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered BPeace thanks to a colleague and was immediately drawn to their mission and the fact I could use my professional skills to benefit others. Shortly after joining, I volunteered as a traveling mentor in Guatemala to coach 20 small companies in brand strategy.

My week there was a wonderful experience. The fast runners were all amazing entrepreneurs with so much drive and passion. It was highly rewarding to work with them both in a group workshop and through one-on-ones, and be able to have an impact and help them define their brand stories to grow their companies.

The organization and the projects are all very well run and everyone is lovely and so helpful. I highly recommend Bpeace to anyone who is looking to volunteer and help others in a meaningful and sustainable way.

1 Jamie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Bpeace for the last four years and I cannot say enough good things about their work. If you are looking to make an impact, Bpeace is moving the needle on some of the most important issues of our time; the organization provides simple turnkey ways for volunteers to get involved and from a volunteer perspective you are able to see how your time and energy make a difference. I highly recommend this organization and will continue to work with them for years to come.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile experience for anyone who wants to help the world by improving the standard of living of developing countries. The Bpeace team, is excellent at arranging and organizing the work and my time meeting 20 companies in 1 week was well structured and very meaningful. Thank you for engaging me and keep us the great work

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My weekin Guatemala working with three female Fast Runner entrepreneurs proved to be an extraordinary experience. Immediately seeing some of the impact and value of the work we did together gave me enormous personal satisfaction. I left with the knowledge that the Bpeace mission is very powerful and very much needed around the world. I would volunteer again given the excellent ground support and care provided by the staff in Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Bpeace has been amazing which is why I wanted to be a part of the Young Professionals Leadership Council. I love being part of an organization that not only is working towards a world with no violence but also empowers women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Bpeace has been wonderful and amazing. They are passionate with great mission of helping people in undeserved communities to grow their skills and create job opportunities. As one their former Fast Runners I am extremely grateful of having their consultation and support by my side. Bpeace is a life changing organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that pairs volunteer mentors with business owners in conflict-affected countries to drive real business improvements and growth! The Bpeace professionals that I have worked with to design improvements to their offerings for mentors have been top-notch. And capturing success stories over the last year from many mentors has given me a great "behind-the-scenes" view of the good results Bpeace achieves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I welcome the opportunity to be part of an organization led by a talented team and supported by dedicated members who all strive to increase community capacity and stability. Investing knowledge and skills to empower others is the stepping stone for growth and change--making a difference in the lives of others and the world around us.