Bob's Red Mill is an example of all the best things that a local business can be. A while back, Bob Moore (the founder) announced that the company was initiating an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, effectively transferring ownership of the company to the employees. While this wasn't a gift to the employees, the Moores are doing something wonderful with some of the proceeds: they are donating five million dollars to Oregon State University to create a program focused on food issues and healthy eating.
Bob's Red Mill makes some really great products. I'm personally addicted to the veggie soup mix and their polenta.
If all businesses acted with the same amount of responsibility towards their employees and to the communities we live in, the world would be a far better place for all of us.
A shout out goes to Isaac Laquedem for posting this story.