"The small business community can play a more critical role in social impact."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Nevin Bansal

Founder and CEO, Outreach Promotional Solutions; founder and executive director, Small Biz Cares

About: Once a CPA, Nevin Bansal is now best described as an entrepreneur He is at the helm of not one, but two organizations—one a marketing agency and the other a nonprofit.

Small Biz Cares, the nonprofit that Bansal founded in 2018, has a mission to connect, mobilize and inspire small businesses. In its first year of operation, it has worked with hundreds of small businesses to better the community by giving time and money to support local nonprofits and educational initiatives. The belief driving the nonprofit is that small businesses are the “lifeblood” of a community and its economy.

Bansal’s company, Outreach Promotional Solutions, has gone from a product company to a marketing agency under his direction. Its goal is to help solve the challenges businesses have around digital and design. This year marked its fastest growth year in five years.

Outside of work: Bansal and his wife of 13 years live with their twin 4-year-old daughters in New Albany, next door to Bansal’s twin brother. 

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “I believe the No. 1 need for Columbus is a more robust public transportation system. Columbus could benefit from reduced road congestion, more efficient travel between the city and suburbs, and a better utilization of land by a reduced number of parking spaces. We also have to train people for the needs of companies of all sizes and match them with opportunities.” 

Nevin’s idea: “The small business community can play a more critical role in social impact. Together, we can drive more participation in philanthropy by the small business community, thereby creating a multiplier effect on social impact. We could interview and engage local small businesses, build a database of opportunities with nonprofits and create programming with partners such as Small Biz Cares and Conscious Capitalism.”

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