BY JOAN CHAYKIN

ramanThere are some people who are driven to give. Their goal is not to simply have a prosperous business, but to reach within their depths to elevate those in extreme poverty. Raman Agarwal, president & CEO of Akran Marketing (asi/115329), is one of these people. Even during difficult economic times, he's committed to giving back, and he wants to pass the torch to "show the incoming generation that life is about giving."

In addition to heading up a successful distributor firm, Agarwal is the founding director of the Ottawa-based Akran Foundation, a nonprofit with the goal of supporting a variety of charities to help the disadvantaged, especially children living in poverty. The foundation also has a liaison office in Delhi, India. According to the foundation's website, www.akranfoundation.com, they "have a mandate to act with compassion toward solving the world's most intractable problems by promoting sustainable social and environmental progress. Our recognition that we all need to play our part in making the world a better place is reflected in the work of the Akran Foundation and its local and international community support."

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OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - 06:43 AM EST - The Akran Foundation announced today that, through its affiliated company Akran Marketing, staff members and suppliers will contribute $10,000 in cash and $10,000 worth of clothing to people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The donations will be through various charities in Canada that are already sending goods to the typhoon ravaged area.

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Local business leaders, including Akran Marketing CEO, Raman Agarwal, explain that their corporate social responsibility projects have more to do with giving back than getting ahead." Read Article [PDF]

Monica Channa is one of three finalists in the Entrepreneur category for the 2010 Business Woman of the Year awards, presented by the Women’s Business Network (WBN) of Ottawa. "I'm honoured to be recognized alongside some of the area's most influential and respected businesswomen," says Channa.

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Innovation in today’s business environment is a necessity. Opportunities for innovation are derived from problems to solve, demands to satisfy, and needs to meet. Innovative companies recognize that constant innovation to creating value for their customers is what it takes to staying competitive. Smart companies are able to solve challenging problems and to quickly identify opportunities to innovate.

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