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Starting to think about “that special gift” this marketplace season? From eco-friendly accessories to customized stress-reduction programs, these gift ideas from alumni and student business owners — and exclusive discounts for the Columbia Business School community (in green) —  will inspire your marketplace shopping. Have a business or gift idea you’d like to add? Submit your listing.

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Art for Refugees in Transition
Sara Green ’01
Make a donation to A.R.T. and help Syrian refugees in our program in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq. A.R.T. provides curriculum and training programs to engage both children and adults in refugee communities in visual, performing, and creative arts drawn from their own cultures. These activities provide local and international relief institutions with tools to help refugee communities recover from the trauma, terror, and dislocation of war.


Agora Partnerships Agora Partnerships
Ben Powell ’05
There is no greater gift you can give than supporting an entrepreneur who is creating real change in the world. Donate to one of the crowdfunding campaigns of the Agora Accelerator Class of 2014 and support an entrepreneur who is using business to create profound social and environmental impact in Latin America! All proceeds are fully tax-deductible and provide scholarship support to participate in Agora Partnerships’ Accelerator program. Visit the Agora-Indiegogo crowdfunding page to view all of the campaigns, choose what entrepreneur speaks to you (or your kids!), and make your donation:


GM Printing
K. Y. Chow, Columbia Community Business Program ’12
An award-winning commerical printer, our mission is to provide the finest services and premium printed products to meet all the needs of our customers. We can help you create customized greeting cards for this marketplace season.


I’m Bilingual
Yolanda Borras, Columbia Community Business Program ’14

Add some Spanish spice to your child’s marketplace season. Our award-winning ¡Caramba¡ Kids CD of Spanish songs and dances for children makes a happy gift for every child.


Innovative Therapy Solutions
Timberly Leite, Columbia Community Business Program ’14


KD Strategies KD Strategies
Karmen (Vartanian) Dadourian ’95


Matan Ariel & Friends
Matan Ariel ’11
Matan Ariel and his friends perform beloved children’s songs that have become milestones of Israeli culture. The musical arrangements in the Matan Ariel & Friends series were specifically written to please both children and parents. Check out their CD and DVD series at and on Amazon.


Nautilus Reels
Kristen Mustad ’99
Nautilus Reels manufactures the world’s most technologically advanced fly fishing reels.


Plum Alley
Deborah Jackson ’80 is a site where you can buy products from female-founded companies that represent substance and discipline in creation and beauty. Products for sale on range from housewares you want in your life, delicacies to sense or eat, experiences to remember, or items you can’t wait to wear. Plum Alley also seeks to increase women’s access to capital by offering a crowdfunding platform. It’s an efficient and inexpensive way for firms to fundraise. (Read more about Deborah Jackson and Plum Alley in Columbia Business.)


Preo Preo
Richard Liang ’13
Everyone has a reason to celebrate something, but planning an event, booking a venue, negotiating prices are all extremely annoying. For the young alums who are still looking to celebrate at a bar or nightclub, we’re offering free event planning services from Preo. We will negotiate with any venue in the city, and offer 25% off drinks for the night through the Preo app. We’ll save you time on planning the event, and time on waiting for drinks at the bar.


Transit Systems

Transit Systems
Christopher Smith ’95
Transit Systems is a consumer logistics business that ships all kinds of consumer items throughout the United States. That includes shipping pianos, grandfather clocks, and all kinds of furniture items including antiques. Consider giving a relative a family heirloom this marketplace season and allow Transit Systems to ship it to your loved one.
Lael Sturm ’03
Have a sports fan in your life? connects ticket buyers with season ticket holders in a simple social marketplace. Buy your sports fan the best seats in the house at low friends and family prices.