If the Upper Midwest is known for anything, it’s hospitality. Whether you’re taking a stroll down a small-town street or wandering through the hustle and bustle of metro Chicago, you’re likely to get a smile and nod from a stranger, or several — that’s just how they do it up north.
And that Midwest nice doesn’t stop at the boardroom door. When these friendly folks get together in business settings, they tend to look for ways to build their brands that enrich the world around them. We partnered with Michigan Lottery to highlight some amazing Midwest-based companies that are giving back to the community in ways that go far beyond business as usual — from partnering with charities on events to donating money and resources to nonprofits in need.
Cake Plus-Size Resale — Minneapolis, MNCourtesy of Amal Flower Kay
Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea — Chicago, ILCourtesy of Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea
Village Green — Detroit, MICourtesy of Village Green
These pioneering organizations aren’t the only ones giving back. Over the past 45 years, Michigan Lottery has contributed more than $21 billion to support public education in the state of Michigan. In 2017 alone, Michigan Lottery provided a record $924 million to Michigan public schools — that’s about $2.5 million per day! It turns out you don’t need to own your own business to support your community. Every time you buy a Michigan Lottery ticket, you’re helping to provide kids with textbooks, teachers with school supplies and an entire generation with an education that will last a lifetime.
Words by Caroline Thompson