Connector

Steve Smolinsky

Steve is a random element roaming around the world helping company owners and CEOs get what they want from their business. This includes being their trusted advisor on issues of all kinds, helping with funding, acquisitions, growth, and of course increased profitability and value. These activities and all else are based on a grounding in social impact, helping first, and doing his best to leave the people and organizations where ever he is better off than when he arrived. His activities have covered half the countries in Africa, a fair bit of Latin America and Europe, some parts of the Middle East. He’s involved with Geneva Global and Street Business School and serves on a number of corporate boards. Somewhere in there he founded or co-founded and ran several companies. He’s done quite a few things he can’t disclose unless you share a nice bottle of wine with him. His motto? Pay Attention – Add Value – Have Fun

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

In the non-profit arena I'm helping expand Street Business School in general and specifically to Zimbabwe. This will enable us to train hundreds of the poorest woman in entrepreneurial and business skills that will help them start businesses and bring their families out of poverty. We're currently active in 10 African countries and have help thousands of women escape poverty. We're planning expansion into Asia. In the for profit arena, I'm raising funds for QuantumTek,ag which I co-own. We're automating dairy farms with the goal of improving operations and financial results to enable dairy farmers to thrive during the hard financial times they now face.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

I expect Street Business School to continue to significantly improve the economic situation for hundreds of women, their families, and their communities. This leads to better education, improved diet, medical care, and improved housing. I expect us to enable some farms that would have failed to survive and for the farmers and the farm economies to become more economically viable.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

I believe in help first so am always willing to send vetted people along to the people I know who cover a large number of industries, skills, and expertise. I said vetted since I feel my connections deserve only getting appropriate introductions from me. I've notice that if I talk to someone doing interesting things long enough something beneficial always appears. I tend to be a big picture thinker who is good bringing diverse facts and ideas together leading to solutions to problems, business opportunities, or helping someone get out of a rut. This crosses from business issues thru people often asking me for career advice. People tell me they like talking to me as a sounding board about issues they haven't been able to figure out and to get an assessment of their ideas.
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