Here's a very interesting article I came across on Fast Company, about Starbucks opening locations in struggling communities as well as military towns, and being intentional about hiring, training, and promoting local people.
My initial reaction is to be skeptical -- after all, big corporations are only interested in profit and the bottom line. However, while obviously these stores do have to be profitable, it does seem that they are serious about making a difference.
On a related note, and I say this as someone who works in government, it's quite amazing to see the serious targets they set and how they reach many of them early...
Read the whole article yourself, and comment below!