corporate social responsibility with Start Small Think Big


Small businesses make a big difference. So can your company.

Small business dreams are the backbone of our economy and local communities — but they are at risk.  The pandemic and structural inequality has hit Black, Latinx, and other  small businesses from marginalized communities  especially hard.

Corporate social responsibility programs can boost employee engagement and make a positive impact on small businesses and the communities they serve. Partner with us to turn your strategy into social impact and support small business owners who face structural barriers to accessing the critical resources needed to grow their businesses.

We mobilize professional experts and volunteers who provide advice and assistance to thousands of small business owners every year. Your company’s legal, finance, and marketing expertise or philanthropic efforts can help us reach more small business owners and ensure a generation of small businesses survive and thrive.

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Corporate Partner Benefits

Corporate Social Responsibility

Seamless integration into your social impact and diversity and inclusion initiatives

Community Impact

Support of small businesses and their communities

Professional Development

Leadership and skills development for employees

Employee Engagement

Increased staff engagement and team morale

Talent Attraction

Today’s workforce seeks out companies that are committed to giving back

Public Relations

Brand reputation and public commitment to social justice

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Make a difference by hosting a Day of Service with our organization. We pair your employees with those who need and appreciate your help: thousands of small businesses with high potential but lack the legal, finance, or marketing expertise to take their business to the next level.

Purchase goods and services from our small business community. We offer corporate gifting, workshops and masterclasses, catering opportunities, and more. Your support helps ensure a generation of small businesses survive and thrive.

We mobilize volunteers across legal, finance, and marketing services to offer assistance and expertise to thousands of small businesses every year. But to do more, we need your company's support. Your donation will help us expand our work and impact on the communities we serve.

Corporate Partner Testimonials

PayPal reflects on working with Start Small Think Big
Blackstone Charitable Foundation
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


“We are proud to partner with Start Small Think Big, to provide access to financial resources, advice, and mentorship to their community of passionate and hardworking small business owners. Our employee volunteers are inspired by their work with these small business owners to advance productive collaborations and professional development, while also driving social impact and support for underrepresented small businesses in their communities.”

– Franz Paasche, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, PayPal

Blackstone Charitable Foundation

“The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is committed to helping increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across the firm, our portfolio, and the communities in which we operate. It’s been an honor to partner with Start Small Think Big to help transform our commitments into impact through corporate volunteering. By partnering with Start Small Think Big, we've been able to engage our staff and provide them with meaningful professional development opportunities, all while assisting small business owners who lack the resources needed to grow their businesses. Start Small Think Big makes giving back easy and rewarding - any organization looking to help advance equity in entrepreneurship should consider volunteering with them."


– Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

"When the pandemic struck in 2020, small businesses around the country were confronted with shutdowns and downturns in sales. Simpson Thacher partnered with Start Small Think Big and other legal community members to provide rapid response assistance with applications to grant and loan programs and guidance on different pressing legal needs.Start Small Think Big enabled our attorneys to feel connected to their communities as they worked tirelessly to help struggling businesses. Start Small Think Big’s community of small business owners is a constant source of inspiration and motivation by sharing their unique and diverse stories behind their businesses and demonstrating a determination to overcome obstacles as they launch and grow."

 – Joe Kaufman, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP


"Before working with Start Small Think Big, BVA’s team was looking for a way to give back to the community through our service offerings. Start Small Think Big provides our employees with the opportunity to use their unique skillsets in order to help businesses that truly deserve it. We love working with their small business owners, and it helps create a genuinely impactful volunteering experience for our staff."


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