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Business4Better brings together business, community partners

Inaugural conferences aims to connect nonprofits and corporations

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 22, 2012 03:35 PM

A new community partnership conference, Business4Better, is making its debut in Anaheim next year. With the aim of bringing together companies and nonprofit organizations, the event will promote the common goals of corporate responsibility professionals and nonprofit organizations to foster better working relationships. U.K.-based UBM plc, will host the event, along with a network of business partners, with the aim of bringing together companies and nonprofit organizations

"Business4Better aims to harness business prowess, expertise and resources in active, engaged partnerships with the nonprofit sector to benefit the communities and wider society in which business operates," said David Levin, CEO of UBM plc, the founding partner behind Business4Better.  "The concept of 'doing good by doing what we're good at' is at the heart of UBM's corporate responsibility activities and our values as a sustainable business.  Business4Better puts together our employees and our business partners' event resources to build a new path towards community engagement between nonprofits and businesses."

Slated for May 1 and 2, 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Business4Better Conference and Exhibition will connect companies with nonprofits, allowing corporations to define their corporate responsibility programs and local organizations to benefit from strategic partnerships. These engagements are mutually beneficial, demonstrating community involvement for the company, and generating corporate sponsorship for the nonprofit.

"Engaging businesses and nonprofits to better our communities underscores the power of a culture built on kindness," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. "The City of Anaheim is pleased to be the host city for the inaugural Business4Better Conference and Exhibition, and we look forward to witnessing the positive impact it will have on individuals, enterprise and society."

The conference will feature a unique B4B program for nonprofits, highlighting key points on partnering with sponsor companies, professional networking, community-building and best practices. Additional program notes include keynotes and breakout sessions on community engagement, proven strategies and network partnerships. Qualified nonprofits will receive free booth or exhibition space for the conference

Coordinating partners for the event include the City of Anaheim together with the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Freeman and local nonprofit partner OneOC.

"When companies and causes connect, everyone wins. We are proud to partner with Business4Better on a unique and collaborative forum that unites the two sectors in discovering innovative ways to advance Orange County's philanthropic impact, volunteer engagement and community reputation," says Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC CEO and president.


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