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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

: GIVEAWAY : TOMS book review & giveaway :

i have a few really great giveaways lined up for january and am *so excited* to share this one.
you know i love reading.
and saving the planet.
and encouraging folks to do their part and give to those that need it.

a while back, i was notified by the TOMS folks that they were sending me *two* copies of blake mycoskies book, start something that matters.
i would get one to keep & read.
and then would get to give the second copy away.

this book was beautiful! super easy to read. lots of great 'real world' examples. and so inspiring.

who is this book for?!
*someone who wants to make a difference ; even if you only have a few hours to volunteer or a few bucks to give.
*someone who wants to love their work & make a difference.
*someone who is inspired by good ; by companies that are doing great things.

as a new small business owner, i really fell for this book.
chapter 4 was one of my faves ; it talked about being resourceful with few resources.

since the beginning of :dianapantz: [november 2010], i have been giving a percentage of each sale to charity. at the end of the month, blake and i then match that money and give our own donation.
11 months ago, my sales were pretty low, but i still managed to donate, even if it was only $10.

the TOMS model [buy one, give one] is so important.
its important for the business : as americans, we have too so much. when a business is willing to give money/product away in an effort to bring this planet closer together, it makes that business stronger. and honestly, the more 'good' you do, the more folks want to be involved.
the organization : more and more people are learning about them. their mission and what a difference a little can make.
and the consumer : i strongly believe that everybody wants to do their part, but so many folks just dont know how to start. so when they give their dollars to a cause they feel strongly about, they will share with everyone around them.
happy customers = stronger business = more giving.

so, i am giving away a copy of start something that matters, by blake mycoskie!
[dont want the book? it would make a really rad gift for your business-minded friend]

wanna win?! leave a separate comment for *each* entry.
1) tell me : which organization do you support? maybe you dont have one? the new year is a great time to commit to change ;)
2) follow me, blake mycoskie AND TOMS shoes on twitter.
3) send out the following tweet [you can make up your own, just make sure all THREE of our handles are linked in]
@dianapantzmpls is giving away a copy of @BlakeMycoskie book 'start something that matters' : @TOMS : such a rad book :
4) share this giveaway on facebook // blog about it [please leave me the link as your entry]

this giveaway is open to everybody. it will run from january 3-9th.
good luck!