It is better to give than receive….

Even during this challenging times – giving seems to be in the air. Ten days ago I was at a microfinance conference and this morning, I received the following press release from D&H:


                                                                  Contact:  Suzanne Mattaboni

                                                                                 Suzanne Mattaboni Communications

      For D&H Distributing

                                                                                 (610) 261-4560 


For Immediate Release:



— D&H Distributing Focuses its Commitment on Charity, Wellness and “Green” Efforts, Including Fundraisers, Silent Auctions, Health Screenings, Energy-efficient Practices, Etc. —


HARRISBURG, PA, November 17, 2008 – D&H Distributing is proud to announce it has implemented several new initiatives based around charity, health, wellness and conservation.  The distributor has launched its “D&H Cares” Foundation, in which its employees (all ESOP co-owners) select and organize donation activities on behalf of different national and local aid organizations per quarter.  In the program’s inaugural quarter, which ran from August to October, D&H Cares and the co-owners that embody it have collected and paid $15,000 to the American Cancer Society.

The distributor has also enacted a wellness program for its co-owners consisting of a variety of health tests, such as regular cholesterol/glucose and blood pressure screenings; educational offerings such as sessions on balanced eating, stress management, etc.; and preventative efforts like company-subsidized smoking cessation courses and annual flu shots. 

To contribute to the preservation of the planet, D&H has implemented its “Go Green” initiative, promoting sustainable materials and strategies to conserve energy and reduce waste.  This includes a comprehensive recycling plan encompassing cardboard, plastic, paper and aluminum materials; widespread replacement of standard lighting products with energy efficient versions across all six North American warehouses; reduced distribution of internal paper reports, and more.


D&H Cares:  Helping The Community and Enriching Employees

“D&H has always donated to non-profits, but it’s been done anonymously, as a corporation,” began Jeff Davis, senior vice president of sales at D&H and one of the organizers of D&H Cares.  “This new program is designed to bring our co-owners into the process.  It gives them the authority to select the charities and manage the fundraising tasks.  More importantly, it lets each individual contribute on a personal level, either financially, administratively, or through volunteer efforts, so the whole staff can become part of the enrichment experience.”

D&H Cares donations can be made in the form of either monetary gifts or time and volunteerism.  The largest portion of the program’s donations comes from a series of weekly silent auctions, which have raised more than $4,000 per month.  All proceeds from the month of September were devoted to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  Close to 70 D&H co-owners participated in the walk on October 18 in Harrisburg.  Through donations and sponsorships, the D&H Cares team was able to generate close to $10,000 for that event.  In addition, D&H has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for the past two years, devoting company time and manpower to support two to three projects for that organization per year. 

Proceeds from D&H Cares’ upcoming quarter (November to January) will go to Shriners Children’s Hospital, which delivers free pediatric specialty care to thousands of children through its 22 facilities nationwide.  D&H Cares will also sponsor food, clothing and toy drives throughout the quarter.

“We want to go beyond the typical one-shot donation and create a culture of support for the greater community, for the well being our fellow employees, and for the conservation of our ecological resources.  Its a long-term opportunity to promote a healthy and socially-conscious lifestyle,” said Dan Schwab, co-president of D&H Distributing.  “We’ve had an overwhelming response within the company so far.  We’re all very proud to be able to be part of this example for the channel and elsewhere.”


About D&H Distributing

D&H Distributing is one of North America’s oldest and largest wholesale distributors of computer and consumer electronics products, with an impressive 90-year history serving as a trusted advisor to the reseller channel.  D&H distributed the first-ever home computer, the first color television, and even the first gaming system.  No other distributor has a greater depth of experience as a one-stop resource for IT and consumer electronics solutions than D&H. 

The company’s multi-market expertise, dedicated account reps, sterling service and ongoing educational programs reflect its continuing commitment to its customer base.  This level of all-around support enables D&H resellers and dealers to become pioneers of the newly-converged technological landscape, encompassing opportunities in the IT, SMB and digital home arenas. 

D&H ships out of six separate locations in North America, including its US headquarters in Harrisburg and its new Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.  Additional US warehouses are located in Jacksonville, FL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; and Fresno, CA. Call D&H toll-free at (800) 340-1001 or visit









Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host a technology conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

PPS – my SBS 2008 book will be out in mid-November 2008!

PPPS – my Microsoft Response Point Primer book is here NOW!


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