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What's Love Got to Do With It?

--by Judy Wicks, syndicated from centerforneweconomics.org, Nov 30, -0001

Based on her memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Wicks shares her experiences as a socially and environmentally concerned entrepreneur and leader in the localization movement. She tells the story of her stay in an Eskimo village where she was exposed to a community that operated through sharing and cooperation, co-founding the first Free People store in Philadelphia which sold up-cycled goods, founding the White Dog Café and ensuring its ongoing sustainable business practices. Wicks explains what it means to be an entrepreneur who cherishes the relationships among people, community, and the planet.

Judy Wicks, in addition to founding the White Dog Cafe, the White Dog Foundation, and the Black Cat retail store, previously co-founded the Free People's Store, now called Urban Outfitters. She was general manager and co-proprietor of the restaurant LaTerrasse in Philadelphia from 1974 to 1984, co-founder/president of Synapse, Inc., a nonprofit publishing company, and editor/art director of its publications.

Among the numerous awards Judy has won are the prestigious Business Enterprise Trust Award, founded by Norman Lear for creative leadership in combining sound business management with social vision, and Business Ethics magazine's first Living Economy Award. White Dog Cafe has been chosen as one of American Benefactor's twenty-five most generous companies and one of Conde Nast Traveler's top fifty American restaurants. Inc. magazine included Wicks as one of its twenty-five favorite entrepreneurs in the country.

She is the co-author of the White Dog Cafe Cookbook: Multicultural Recipes and Tales of Adventure from Philadelphia's Revolutionary Restaurant.


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