For a world that works for everyone
Limeadestand Works is a social enterprise rooted in a certain set of religious and ethical values informed by religious feminism, ecofeminism, and New Thought traditions. We do not however use "values" and "beliefs" as a weapon to exclude "the others," but rather, as a driver for liberation and social justice.
Voice, power, and sparks for those on the margins of society
Branding is inherently about framing of narratives. As a branding professional whose backgrounds are both in words (journalism) and images (fine art and graphic design), I believe how words and images can shape realities and move people to specific behaviors -- and this is a very powerful, two-edged sword. They can be abused to dehumanize the others and to promote hatred, and they can also be used as tools of empowerment and human dignity.
As such, Limeadestand Works acknowledges the deep social responsibility in the practice of branding and brand communication.
We focus on solo entrepreneurs and grass-roots community organizations because they deserve the same level of professional branding services as larger companies, but too often they have no access to such services or do not recognize the importance of public messaging through proper branding.
Additionally we provide two services that are intended for general consumers: (1) Creative Liberation Lab for aspiring and new entrepreneurs who have little to no start-up capital and have no or limited access to banking; and (2) Personal Narratives Studio to help individuals reframe their personal stories and reinvent the ways they see and talk about themselves. These services are value-priced for lower-income population.
Our commitment to ethical and moral business practice
- We do not mislead our clients about pricing, nor will we pressure people into spending money they may not have.
- We do not encourage our clients and prospects to get into a debt in order to receive our services or products.
- We make our best efforts at making brand communications inclusive, anti-oppressive, ethically honest, and socially just.
- We actively work with those who are historically and systemically relegated to the margins of society and are deprived of economic opportunities.
- We adopt fair pricing practices that are sustainable but not exploitative.
- We reinvest our profits into expanding programs that serve the lower-income and POC communities.
- We are open to collaborations with other social enterprises and minority-owned enterprises to further our missions and to help build a cohesive community.
- We are here for working-class entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers!
- We do not leverage oppression in order to promote our products and services, and we do not leverage oppression to promote our clients' businesses.
Statement of equality
We have been compelled to add this brief statement due to some misunderstanding among our "high-end" clients.
The students who are participating in our Creative Liberation Lab, formerly Micro-Revolution Academy, are not our charity projects. Nor are they an afterthought. Nor is it a side project we do on our spare time. We are committed and dedicated to them and we value them just as much as we value those who can afford our $120-hour one-on-one rate (in fact, we aren't giving them any discount; they are just collectively paying the same price for the same one hour as a group). We firmly repudiate the classist, condescending, and patronizing notion that we are serving more affluent clients in order to subsidize those who are less privileged economically (as we stated already, there is no subsidizing anyone). We are available to them on an entirely equal basis as we are available to everyone else. If you cannot respect this and be unreasonable, please go somewhere else. Thanks.
Discounted rates for charitable donations
Our clients (new clients only) receive discounted rates for services if they donate to any of the following organizations that we support:
- American Civil Liberties Union or ACLU Foundation (national or state)
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Human Rights Watch
- Human Rights Defense Center
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- United We Dream
- America's Voice Education Fund
- Causa Oregon
- Basic Rights Oregon or Basic Rights Education Fund
- Unite Oregon
- In Other Words
- Street Roots
- Sisters Of The Road
- Belladonna Sanctuary
Also, any reputable NGO working on natural disaster relief activities such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Mexico earthquakes, and Oregon wild fires.
- A proof of donation (such as official receipt) dated within 90 days of requesting a quote is required. Discount is good for one-time project or for continuing project for the duration. The above organizations are ones we support and endorse, but this list does not imply that these non-profits endorse our business. This discount applies for both business services and Personal Narratives Studio, but excludes Creative Liberation Lab learning plans.
Community partnership and pro-bono works policy
We are happy to partner with local community organizations to provide discounted Creative Liberation Lab programs or Personal Narratives Studio group workshops, provided that they provide a venue, do their own promotion, and guarantee a minimum attendance.
At this time we do not offer pro bono works for anyone, however we are flexible about rates and often we extend a significant discount or even work trades.
We reserve rights to reject any request for quote and/or service to any client whose activities or business practices may cause a direct conflict with our ethical standards, may tarnish the values of our brands, or expose us to legal liabilities. They may include but not limited to:
- sexual exploitation.
- sales or promotions of illicit drugs.
- sales or promotions of gratuitous violence or lethal weapons.
- "dark net" activities that involve trade or sales of drugs, weapons, pornographic materials, and harmful digital products.
- promotions of racist, xenophobic, misogynist, homophobic, or any other forms of hate speech, or sales of products or services related thereto.
- promotions of ethically questionable self-improvement, self-realization, "healing," or "spiritual" products or services that prey on vulnerable people for profit, make dubious claims, and/or reinforce oppressive social construct by engaging in gaslighting. (This does not include bona fide religious organizations or practitioners/ministers who are accountable to their respective religious organizations, churches, or ministerial associations, who are acting within the parameters of a normal religious practice.)
- sales or promotions of counterfeit or stolen materials.
- any business that actively engages in union-bashing or impeding workers' rights to organize.
- banking, money-lending, or other financial services, including investment advisors, stock brokers, mortgage brokers, payday loans, and car title loans.
- landlords, property managers, real estate agents, real estate developers, REITs.
- network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM) activities.
- fraudulent or deceptive schemes such as "get rich quick" schemes and pyramid schemes.
Furthermore, due to complexities surrounding compliance and regulatory issues, we do not serve:
- medical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.
- political parties and political action committees (PACs) under the Federal Elections Commission regulations.
- legal recreational or medical marijuana growers, dispensaries, or associations.
- manufacturers, distributors, or vendors of nutritional supplements.
- financial institutions.
- publicly-traded joint stock companies under the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations.
- government agencies.
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