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Through Catalyst Kitchens, Starbucks provides over $120,000 worth of product and equipment discounts annually, but more significant is that the sponsorship has been fully operationalised by Starbucks, ensuring that benefits are deployed easily and efficiently through Starbucks&rsquo; usual business channels &ndash; thereby ensuring the scalability and sustainability of the sponsorship. &nbsp;</div>\n<div id=\"cke_pastebin\">&nbsp;</div>\n<div id=\"cke_pastebin\">Catalyst Kitchens continues to leverage the collective impact of its members in order to build relationships that are beneficial to the collaborative, including: Component Hardware Group, Wal-Mart, Rouxbe, Monster.com and Mercer Cutlery. 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In good company: how can social enterprise work better with big business?

7 March 2012

If you could choose the ultimate list of corporate partners to hook up with then names like Starbucks, Monster.com and Wal-Mart would make an impressive start. These are some of the big businesses with whom Catalyst Kitchens, a network of food service social enterprises stretching across the US, has forged powerful, impactful relationships. Founder David Carleton distills the success of the partnership to five broad strokes.

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