Food for Thought... and Action
Melody Lan worked as a journalist in New York, editing for the Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News. She often interviewed small-business owners and found them inspiring, but didn't think she'd become one.
But then her sister moved to San Francisco and started baking cakes. And selling those cakes. So Melody quit her job and followed. She opened Velvet Lantern (now called Snack Heights), a snack box delivery company. From each box she sells, she donates part of her proceeds to Curry Without Worry, an organization dedicated to feeding San Francisco's hungry.
Melody doesn't just send money, though. She also volunteers for Curry Without Worry, cooking and serving food on Tuesdays.
"People are really excited because they know the food… is really good, it's nutritious, and we always serve them with a smile on our face," she says.
She understands that small-business owners tend to be busy, but she notes that if you truly believe in what you're doing, you'll find a way to make it work. Kind of like running a business.