In the Business of Charity

Mike Mazzola pioneered a unique social enterprise that shifts a familiar business model

Colorado Springs businessman Mike Mazzola had a successful store on his hands with Mountain Equipment Recyclers. He made outdoor and sporting equipment available on consignment, ensuring that in Colorado, no skis, boots, boards, tents or crampons go to waste. It wasn’t the money that attracted Mike to his first business. It was the reusing economy, and the potential to prevent a lot of waste while making amazing outdoor experiences a little more affordable for families. Mountain Equipment Recyclers has even donated more than $200,000 since they opened.

Recently, Mike decided to sell MER to Beanstalk, to keep the business running, growing, and giving back. In partnership with Kids on Bikes, a Colorado Springs non-profit, and their Pedal Station, Mike's legacy will be a sweet one for business, nonprofit, and all things in between. They're big ideas, that also just make sense. Mike remains deeply connected to the Colorado Springs community and works with many great nonprofits there. 

“There are a lot of young families in Colorado Springs who rely on thrift stores to live affordably. They care about their community, but they don’t always have money to give away. What we do is help them do good while living within their means. We share 30% of our sales with local nonprofits so every purchase is also a donation.”

Mike Mazzola invested in the business of the future, one that’s about making money and making impacts, by promoting a greener, thought-shifted community.