By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
Starbucks Coffee Company – one of many companies that attends the National Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held at its new dates May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place - has successfully raised more than $1.5 million in donations since it debuted it’s new program, called “Create Jobs for USA” last November.
The program was developed by Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz in partnership with the Opportunity Finance Network, a network of community development financial institutions that invests in small businesses in order to jumpstart employment throughout America. Schultz launched the program with a $5 million donation from the Starbucks Foundation at the end of 2011 when the national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. It currently hovers at 8.6 percent.