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Connecticut Gets Its First Benefit Corporations As New Law Takes Effect

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Hartford Courant October 2, 2014 By Miranda Zhang Secretary of the State Denise Merrill shows off the form that businesses in Connecticut can use as of Oct. 1 to register to become a Benefit Corporation. Behind her are, left, Kate Emery, founder and CEO of reSET as well as The Walker Group, who was instrumental [...]


Connecticut Passes B-corps Legislation

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The state legislature this week passed a bill that enables the establishment of benefit corporations. Also known as b-corps, such companies take on the mission of helping society or the environment while also carrying out the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profits. Among those who welcomed the news of the bill’s passage on Monday was Bryan Nurnberger, the founder and president of Simply Smiles.


Simply Smiles Introduces Coffee Church Program

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ, News by Drew Page NORWALK (2/5/14) — Simply Smiles, Inc. is dedicated to helping impoverished children, families and their communities. For 6 years, Simply Smiles has supported the village of Santa María Tepexipana, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. Through the [...]


State weighs recognizing businesses with a social purpose

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Stamford Advocate, Danbury News Times | January 17, 2013 Story by Elizabeth Kim and photo by Brian A. Pounds Two years ago, Bryan Nurnberger, part of a growing wave of social entrepreneurs, found himself faced with a vexing problem. His nonprofit, Simply Smiles, which is based in Norwalk and dedicated to assisting poor communities, had recently gotten [...]


News 12 CT profiles Simply Smiles Volunteer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

News 12 Connecticut profiled Katrina Franzen, a volunteer from Fairfield, CT, about her time with Simply Smiles helping to host an art camp on the Cheyenne River Reservation during the summer of 2013. Click here to watch the video!


Tastes Good, Does Good

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Area native gets coffee beans going By Brynn Mandel | Waterbury, CT Republican American In the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, Bryan Nurnberger noticed bags of coffee beans used as improvised furniture instead of as the basis for a morning brew. While the Naugatuck native was working with his nonprofit Simply Smiles to improve the [...]


Spreading Smiles: Naugatuck Native’s Charity Growing

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

By Brynn Mandel | Republican-American | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The idea was simple, the sentiment behind it pure altruism. Its execution, however, was anything but simple. About a decade ago, a Naugatuck native, deeply moved by the dire conditions he saw in a remote region of Mexico, returned home and collected supplies for an orphanage there. Bryan Nurnberger filled a donated school bus with medicine, clothing, toys and toiletries, then steered it south for the Casa Hogar orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Bryan and Kristen Appear on Better Connecticut

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Bryan and Kristen appear on Better Connecticut on November 2, 2012 to talk about the work of Simply Smiles and to promote Kristen’s new single, ‘Dear Mister’. Bryan and Kristen on Better Connecticut 11/2/12 from Simply Smiles on Vimeo.


First Congregational Church of Bethel Completes Service Trip To South Dakota

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Bethel, CT – “Humbling, exhausting, exciting, fulfilling, overwhelming, challenging and inspiring.” These are the words the First Congregational Church of Bethel Volunteers use to describe their week long August Service Trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, South Dakota. The group volunteered with the non-profit CT based Simply Smiles Inc. On the Reservation, Simply Smiles is focusing its work in one town, La Plant.


Charity introduces Smiles Corps members

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Simply Smiles, Inc., the Westport-based charity, has invited three recent college graduates to be inaugural members of “Smile Corps,” its new 18-month internship program. Zachary Gross of Roxbury, Conn.; Samantha Steinmetz of Washington, Conn.; and Haley Brown of Trumbull, Conn.; have a history with Simply Smiles, serving as volunteers and summer interns for its Mexico project.