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Member Profile: Compensation Venture Group


Compensation Venture Group (CVG) helps companies recruit and engage the talent they need to execute on their purpose and mission through the design and implementation of employee compensation programs. We design salary, cash incentive, equity, and other compensation programs that support company culture, strategy, and objectives.

The unique strategic, financial, and governance characteristics of impact organizations requires a fresh approach to compensation, benefits, and other conditions of engagement such as paid time off. Current marketplace norms, which have not served traditional companies well, are a complete mismatch for impact organizations.  CVG has a track record of developing innovative pay programs in unique company environments that support business success for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. We created the framework of Conscious Compensation®, supporting the principles of Conscious Capitalism, for evaluating and designing appropriate ways to pay workers in sustainable organizations.

CVG is an investor in Fledge LLC, the conscious company incubator; RealizeImpact, a not-for-profit investment fund dedicated to impact companies; and a founder of Global Equity Organization, a global nonprofit association devoted to the needs of equity compensation professionals who design and administer employee ownership programs.

FredWhittleseyCVG became a Social Purpose Corporation, a Certified B Corporation, and a mission-driven compensation consulting practice in 2013 because the founder, Fred Whittlesey, believes that the principles of sustainability are critical to rescuing the global economy from the current failing version of capitalism that is focused on short-term results and primarily rewards only two groups of stakeholders:  shareholders, and executives.


What We Are Doing

Compensation Venture Group’s mission is to spearhead a fundamental restructuring of employee compensation to support a multi-stakeholder focus on business success – Conscious Compensation®.  Compensation and benefits expenses are the largest category of business expenses in the service-oriented economy and work consumes the majority of adults’ waking hours. This collective investment of money and time should yield a winning environment for all yet the winning group has continually narrowed over past decades.

CVG’s Conscious Compensation® model supports a multi-stakeholder view of value creation. The multi-stakeholder model of sharing economic benefits will shift the focus from short-term profit, stock price and top-heavy distribution of pay to a longer-term measurement and distribution of value among all stakeholders.

CVG-3This change is easiest to effect in startup companies, which is why CVG is investing in and mentoring conscious startups.  In larger companies, the inertia of culture, programs, and practices requires more education and transition considerations, but immediate changes can be made to existing programs through changes in performance measurement, pay delivery, and communication.

By working from both ends of the spectrum – the startups that will be tomorrow’s significant employers and the large companies that must change their focus to survive – CVG can change the work experience of employees, continue to satisfy shareholders, and balance the distribution of value among other stakeholders – lenders and debtholders, customers, suppliers, community members near and far, and government.  The optimization of mutual value creation will spill over to society’s institutions – schools, social support systems, infrastructure, healthcare, and others.

For more information about Compensation Venture Group, visit their website at www.compensationventuregroup.com.

Member Profile: Kitsap Bank

Kitsap Bank_community_smallKitsap Bank is a full-service community bank, offering products and services tailored to the needs of businesses and consumers in Western Washington. Our experienced professionals offer cutting edge financial solutions, with superior service as our top priority. Customers enjoy easy access through 21 convenient locations, as well as state-of-the-art Internet banking services.

A Proud Heritage. . .With a Vision for the Future

Kitsap County Bank_Sepia_smallEstablished August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, serving six Western Washington counties including: Kitsap, King, Pierce, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam. With over $1 billion in assets, the bank provides a full range of financial services to commercial and individual customers. Kitsap Bank has been named a Preferred Lender by the U. S. Small Business Administration, a Corporate Philanthropist by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and has received a 5-Star rating by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm.  Kitsap Bank is ranked the 10th largest bank based in the State of Washington and is the second largest woman-owned business, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Bank was recently named Family Owned Business of the Year by Seattle Business magazine.

Sustainable Banking

It’s not just about being green. For us, it’s about helping our friends and neighbors, supporting local businesses, and protecting the things we love about our community for the next generation. We continually work to make sure we’re doing our part. Reducing paper in the workplace, recycling, improving energy efficiency in our locations, supporting eco-conscious non-profits, and working with vendors who offer sustainable products, are just part of what we do on a daily basis.

edg3 FUND Small Business Competition

Kitsap Bank_Check Presentation_OlyKraut_smallIn 2014, Kitsap Bank created a small business competition called edg3 FUND.  edg3 FUND’s Mission?  To provide funding for entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our community in three ways:  economically, socially and environmentally.

Kitsap Bank’s edg3 FUND (rhymes with hedge fund) small business competition was created to recognize small businesses doing great things in Western Washington.  As a family-owned community bank, we understand the unique challenges faced by small businesses.  One of the biggest barriers for entrepreneurs can be a lack of funding.  Most are not eligible for traditional bank financing when they are just starting out.  Many entrepreneurs turn to borrowing money from family or friends, or they take on costly credit card debt.  Kitsap Bank set out to help fill that funding gap for a deserving local business through this competition by offering a $20,000 cash prize, and to connect entrepreneurs to other resources that can help them in their journeys.

The contest is open to businesses in Western Washington.  Ideal applicants to the competition have fresh ideas, are committed to creating sustainable communities, and have a clear vision of where they are going and what they want to achieve.  For more information about the annual competition, visit https://www.kitsapbank.com/edg3-fund/.

Kitsap Bank_RGB_BlkT_logoFor more information about Kitsap Bank, visit their website at www.kitsapbank.com.

Member Profile: Lacy & Par

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Lacy & Par is a locally-owned, mail and print service company, offering services in everything from traditional and digital format printing, to marketing and data management assistance, to direct mail design and fulfillment.


One does not usually think of printed content and direct mail as the cutting edge of marketing technology, especially in the age of social media and online advertising. However, Hsiao-Wen Lin, owner of Lacy & Par, makes a compelling case. (more…)

Ridolfi Environmental, engineers with deep commitment to environment and peoples


Callie Ridolfi, President

Established in 1990, Ridolfi is an award-winning, small, woman-owned business that specializes in environmental engineering and scientific consulting. Ridolfi’s engineering team thrives on assisting clients in improving environmental quality, conserving resources and enhancing resilience using sustainable principals. (more…)

Veena Prasad and Project Feast

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Veena Prasad

From working as a Project Manager at Proctor & Gamble to running Veena’s Market as a solopreneur, Veena Prasad has created a career out of challenging herself.  Project Feast, emerged from an application for a grant created only two days before the deadline.   The time constraint was no barrier to Project Feast; the idea quickly gained followers including Aparna Rae, Veena’s business partner who has over ten years of experience working with refugee communities in Chicago, Vancouver, and in Seattle.  “Project Feast was born from an understanding of what a perfect ‘job’ looked like to me.” Veena said recently. “I missed working with others and realized that I wanted to do something that had a positive impact on society.” Veena’s desire to do something positive has paid off in a big way and Project Feast has established itself as a social-impact non-profit aiming to help immigrant and refugee cooks find sustainable employment in the food industry through relevant job training programs. (more…)

Member Profile: Little Rae’s Bakery

Little Rae's BakeryLike a growing number of the population, founder James Morse is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and has been since he was a child. His allergy is so sensitive that he is unable to try most bakery products—even the smallest amount of residual nut can send him to the hospital. Most of the reactions suffered have been due to inadvertently touching some peanut or nut residue and then touching his mouth or eating something by hand like a bagel or slice of pizza. The point of contamination may have been as unthreatening as a doorknob that had recently been touched by someone who had eaten peanuts.

To improve their commitment to selling “Nut Safe” products, Little Rae’s Bakery eliminated all peanuts and tree nuts from their products and became a Nut Free facility in July of 2008. (more…)

Member Profile: Ingenium

Ingenium believes and has proven that IngeniumLogo_wTaghandling regulated waste in a manner that is environmentally sustainable is not just forward thinking; it makes good business sense as well. It’s that combination of practicality and vision that Ingenium brings to every client we serve. Our innovative approach is changing the dialogue on how hazardous, biological and radiological waste is handled. It goes far beyond disposal or incineration, all with processes that reduce cost, risk and liability. (more…)

Member Profile: Beneficial State Bank

Socially Responsible Banking for Sustainable Communities

Beneficial State Bank, FSB, focuses on economic and environmental sustainability and takes a triple-bottom-line approach to community and environmental banking. We believe that a healthy environment is necessary for economic prosperity. We also believe that we can be a catalyst for positive change in our communities by providing fair, transparent, and sustainable banking products and services.

Formed from the December 2010 merger between OneCalifornia Bank and ShoreBank Pacific, Beneficial State Bank is one of only 80 banks in the nation that is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by The U.S. Department of the Treasury. A certified CDFI is a specialized financial institution that works in market niches underserved by traditional financial institutions. CDFI certification is a designation conferred by the CDFI Fund and is a requirement for accessing financial and technical award assistance. Financial and technical assistance from the CDFI Fund can increase economic opportunity and promote community development investments for underserved populations and in distressed communities. (more…)

Member Profile: Mighty House Construction

Mighty-House ConstructionMighty House Construction was founded March 2009, when Doug Elfline, a third-generation remodeling and construction veteran with more than 20 years of experience, combined forces with his wife, Laura Elfline, a green building aficionado and business/marketing consultant. Despite having launched their business in the midst of a devastating economic downturn, Laura, Doug, and their team have made Mighty House Construction a success. (more…)

Member Profile: NRG Insurance

Sustainability is in the Company DNA

NRG Insurance is a brokerage and insurance agency with a history of successfully integrating sustainable business practices. The company is the first US brokerage to go carbon neutral and has been recognized over the years for reducing its impact on the environment, as well as fostering a healthy work-life balance for employees.

The NRG Insurance Smart CarAt NRG, sustainability is infused in all aspects of the business. As a Certified B Corp, NRG is committed to meeting specific objectives for a socially responsible business, taking employee, community, and environmental interests into consideration when making decisions. (more…)

Member Profile: Correctional Industries

A Culture of Sustainability

Sustainability and environmental awareness permeate everything we do at Correctional Industries. From selecting raw materials for our products to slimming business operations and carefully choosing the markets we enter, they are an integral part of CI’s culture.

Sustainable business practices converge naturally with Correctional Industries’ mission to rehabilitate offenders through job training and reduce Corrections’ reliance on tax dollars. Training in sustainable technology and lean manufacturing systems prepares offenders for work in a world increasingly focused on these important issues. In the process they also learn environmental ethics and business strategies. Meanwhile, sustainable practices multiply the effectiveness of every tax dollar, helping CI generate about $32.50 in benefits for every dollar in cost and contribute millions of dollars each year to Washington’s economy. (more…)

Member Profile: Glassworks

Architectural Art Glass

Luminescent, starfire counter with hand-polished edges

Glassworks combines the translucent properties of glass, the energy of design, and the focus of purpose to create one-of-a kind architectural works-of-art for commercial and residential settings. Glassworks transforms the visions of architects and designers into technically sound art installations that surround the senses and invite the eye to linger and enjoy. (more…)

Member Profile: Pangeality Productions

Len Davis

Len Davis

A long time ago, I embraced the advice to find something that I love and then find a way to make a living doing that. This is what I have done.  I’ve taken the creativity of filmmaking and photography, my commitment to social justice and environmental issues and working toward a better world, and my desire to be an entrepreneur, and created Pangeality Productions. (more…)

Member Profile: Sustainable Industries

PMI Stanley CupAt the turn of the century, a few years before words such as “green” and “eco” became ubiquitous and embraced by mainstream opportunism, business journalist Brian Back took a keen interest in the growing community of dedicated West Coast business leaders pioneering sustainable business practices. Unable to convince his former employer, a mainstream business publication, to provide adequate coverage of the burgeoning opportunity, Brian set up a series of meetings with several of those business leaders to brainstorm ideas. Soon after, Sustainable Industries was born.
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Member Profile: Rhizome Images

Robert Pennington“Environment is more than something that surrounds us,” says photographer Robert J. Pennington. “It is an interactive experience and what we bring away from it very much depends on what we bring to it.” As a photo-artist who has spent years photographing the outbacks and urban encroachments of the American landscape, Pennington’s work is the featured collection of Rhizome Images. An independent, stock photography resource dedicated to sustainable themes, the collection is driven by Pennington’s images of positive, negative, and alternative resource interactions. Offering rights-managed and royalty-free images of solar wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, mining and general power as well as landscapes, wildlife, architectural, business and botanical photos, Rhizome Images offers a rare opportunity to access more than 1,500 unique images for use in marketing, business, and fine art projects.
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Member Profile: PMI

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At PMI, we design, manufacture and market innovative food and beverage solutions designed for busy lifestyles. Our two most recognizable brands, Stanley and Aladdin, are both nearly 100 years old. By using advanced technologies, materials and research, we’ve extended these beloved brands into the future while remaining rooted in our past.
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Member Profile: Madres Kitchen

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These Mothers can Cook!

And we’ll make sure everyone has fun along the way. With our selection of intriguing menus created with the freshest, seasonal ingredients from local farmers, you know our food is going to be amazing. But successful catering is more than that! It’s our commitment to you, our community and the environment that make us unique. Our personalized service will ensure your event is exactly the way you want it – from start to finish. We’re here for you!
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Member Profile: Graphics Plus

 “Being responsible in an industry that uses paper products as its primary resource makes it doubly important to make the right decisions”.This understanding has given Graphics Plus a unique perspective on sustainable business practices. A one-stop, full service print shop, Graphics Plus is the perfect environment for small and large print runs and offers both traditional and digital formats, including large-format printing.

The “Plus” in our name refers to much more than printing on recycled papers with soy-based inks. It’s about all the little things we do that make us a sustainable company including:

    • Enjoying our work with non-profits and local businesses
    • Working closely with customers in the design stage to ensure printing success
    • Resourcing only the most appropriate green papers and printing with vegetable-based soy inks
  • Separating and recycling everything we can in our shop, including scrap paper and pad donations to local schools
  • Providing a living wage to our employees and building prosperity in our community
  • Acquiring one of the first chemistry-free computer to plate systems on the market (and our new digital printer has the highest rating for energy efficiency)
  • Offering NBIS Members a 10% discount on their next eco-friendly print job.

Graphics Plus

Graphics Plus is located in White Center, just around the corner from High Point, one of Seattle’s most progressive and environmentally-friendly communities. We offer craftsman quality offset and modern high-end digital printing. As responsible printers we employ practices that minimize harm to the environment and maximize printing perfection.

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Traditional + Digital Printing

Stationery Systems + Programs + Annual Reports + Event Materials + Catalogues + Newsletters & Flyers + Direct Mail + Posters
Anything you can imagine