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Ted Barber
Ted Barber is co-founder of Prosperity Candle, a social enterprise creating unique gifts that empower women from regions of conflict and natural disaster.

For over a decade, Ted has focused on how businesses can complement the work of governments and nonprofits to alleviate poverty. He has worked on projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Haiti funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and other humanitarian organizations. Previously, he founded an import and trade consulting company sourcing handmade products for major U.S. retailers.

These experiences led Ted to recognize that investing in women entrepreneurs and supporting women’s leadership are key to solving poverty, and that governments and nonprofits cannot do this alone. Businesses and consumers have a critical role to play in creating sustainable, high impact change that leads to a brighter future for everyone.

This thinking led to the creation of Prosperity Candle, a fair trade certified B-Corp company prioritizing social benefit over profit. It works with women entrepreneurs in Haiti and Iraq, and Burmese women refugees rebuilding their lives in the U.S. More information at

Entries by Ted Barber

Shark Tank? More Like Piranhas.

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 10:43 AM

"I think it's so ludicrous, and so frivolous, and so mindless... that it has merit."

That was shrewd venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary talking about the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket, a fun way to pan for treasure. Though he could have been talking about any number of products on the market.

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Impact Investing: Can We Pay Her Less?

(9) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 3:07 PM

I was in New York City meeting with an advisor who offered to help raise investor capital for our social enterprise. She was reviewing the business plan and numbers, then looked up and asked, "Can you pay the women less?"

My partners and I didn't know what to say. I'm...

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Thrive, NYC -- One Man's Awakening

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:25 AM

I felt drawn to New York. I couldn't quite explain it to my wife and colleagues, except to share inarticulately what I was feeling inside, what Arianna refers to as inner wisdom and what I have always called my gut -- that sense of knowing without being able to express...

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