Social Fire's founder is September Kuromi. She started Social Fire to fill a gap in the business community. Many small and medium sized companies don't put much focus on employee engagement and corporate social responsibility programs, mainly due to lack of awareness or resources. These companies are missing out on all the benefits these programs have to offer and the community is missing out on what the people in these businesses can provide.
September's vision is that smaller companies would benefit so much from a few hours of dedicated resources that they will jump to take advantage of a service that helps them get started.
The name Social Fire comes from the image of a perfect community. There would be lots of people of all ages, lots of greenspace, vibrant businesses, in the centre would be a community hall and outside the hall there would be a firepit with people socializing around it. A 'social fire', where people relax, share ideas and eat marshmallows. How does that relate to the company - the vision is that September's skills and connections can help businesses and citizens create the perfect community around them. Starting in the workplace and moving out.
September has been coordinating successful social and volunteer events since she was a teenager. Her proudest achievement is the creation of the Discover the World of InfoTech (www.discoverinfotech.ca) conference for high school students. September chaired the inaugural event in 2001 and it is now in its 10th year, is held over 2 days for 140 students and requires over 50 volunteers.
September resume includes holding fundraising events that have raised $1,000s, coordinating office Christmas parties for over 300 people, representing corporations at the sponsors sustainability initiative (SSI) meetings for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and implementing employee volunteer programs that have grown and continued for many years.
Social Fire's office is in Kamloops, BC but can deliver its services virtually anywhere in the world. If you are looking for ideas, or assistance with implementation of your plans, Social Fire has the passion, connections and creativity to bring it all to life. Call or email to learn more - we welcome opportunities to write articles, give interviews and simply explain the benefits of having your business involved in the community.
For a glimpse into September's world beyond Social Fire - check out her personal blog http://allthedoors.wordpress.com or her art site (she is artist as well as a consultant) http://septembersart.wordpress.com.