MBS Giving Back: Partners’ in the Office and the Community
Management Business Solutions is owned and managed by three amazing women! Each co-owner is heavily involved in the community, giving back and showing support for different groups and individuals.
Floriza Genautis, Founder and CEO of MBS is heavily involved in several community organizations including United Way, BL²END, Fair Housing and WISE. Floriza started MBS with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and gets involved with organizations that share that purpose and her passions. Floriza donates her time on a regular basis to these groups organizing events, representing the business community and giving back to the Grand Rapids area. She supports fair housing, young professionals and inclusion and equity. As a co-founder of WISE, she has developed many connections in the community and mentored individuals regarding their employment search and professional development.
Latoya Person, co-owner and managing partner, has been involved in several organizations during her time at MBS. She has served on the board as Secretary and Executive Board Member for BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), whose mission is to foster an environment of growth and belonging where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community. She also is heavily involved with One in Christ Ministries, an organization which she co-founded. The organization is committed to serving, helping and motivating the under-served population in our local community. One in Christ partners with the transitional housing organizations to provide annual food baskets, clothing, and other items of necessity to their residents. Their annual food basket drive has continued to grow. Last year they bought, packaged and distributed over 700 Christmas food baskets throughout the Grand Rapids area. Latoya is on call at all times in addition to serving as a mentor to individuals in their housing programs. It is her personal mission to connect, uplift, encourage, educate, and disciple those in need.
Amy Marshall, co-owner and managing partner, is involved with multiple organizations throughout west Michigan but the organization that Amy is most active in is the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She has sat on the Board of the directors for the last 6 years and is passionate about raising awareness of the growing Hispanic population in West Michigan. The Hispanic Chamber’s leadership and staff continue to raise the bar and challenge themselves to offer the very best in programming and events for individuals and companies to attend for continued professional development. Having been so heavily involved, she donates over 350 hours a year to the Hispanic Chamber and has made some wonderful connections that share her goals and passion for supporting the Hispanic community.
MBS encourages employees to get involved and provides the flexibility during working hours to pursue volunteer opportunities. How does your employer support your involvement in the community? Are you wishing you could get involved, but aren’t sure what your first step is? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!