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44 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE cape Gazette /I Giving comes naturally at Harvard Business Services Company's culture is a desire to help By Henry J. Evans Jr. hevans@capegazette.com Harvard Business Services is- n't a Fortune 500 company, and unlike a few corporations that until recently used to be on the respected list, it is a corporation that makes - and gives - money. "There's no greater satisfac- tion than helping someone in need," said Jack Berberian, Har- vard Business Services (HBS) president and chief executive of- fleer. The locally owned company, which isn't in need of billions of dollars in bailout money, is con- tributing assistance to American troops overseas, local organiza- tions and individuals who could use a helping hand. HBS provides incorporation services nationally and interna- tionally from its headquarters on Route 1 north of Nassau. The company ranks among the top five providing such services in Delaware, known for its cor- poration-friendly legal system. Berberian said since 2005 when he joined the company, business has boomed - more than doubled. 's a result we've been able to build the type of corporate cul- ture that can give back to the community," he said. Berberian said the company's 27 full-time employees have a giving attitude. "The desire to give is instilled within the individual. The corpo- ration just provides the platform. Given an opportunity, most peo- ple will reach out and take it," he said. The list of recipients is exten- sive and is growing - Children's Beach House, Bear Hugs for Ba- bies, Greenwood Mennonite School, Adopt-a-Family, Milford High School's field hockey team, Cape Henlopen High School's soccer team, Delaware Kidney Fund, Avon Walk for Breast Can- cer, Lower Delaware Autism Foundation, Girl Scouts, Special Olympics of Delaware, La Esper- anza, National Child Safety Council, Camp Barnes, Delaware State Police softball fund, Big B|:others and Big Sisters of Sus- sex County and U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Berberian said the company's gifts sometimes are monetary donations, volunteered time or both. He said the company  and its employees give generously, but not without forethought and re- search to determine legitimate need and how best to help. "Many people volunteer, giv- ing their personal time to organi- zations. "I'd rather see volunteers help- ing others instead of just sending out a check for $25 or $50," Berberian said. suBMITTED PHOTO FROM SOMEWHERE IN IRAO U.S. Army Pfc..Christopher Sloan throws the peace sign. This summer Sloan received several packages, sent courtesy of Har- vard Business Services and its employees, containing items troops overseas enjoy but rarely get. Sloan shared the bounty, distributing it amdng fellow soldiers. His aunt, Lori Morgan, works for Harvard Business Services, which encourages its em- ployees to give to others. ROBIN HEARN 302-645-6661 800-321-3839 Direct: 249-5714 e:mail: RobinHearn@prugallo.com EIIo, ( Prudential REAI.TORS" 16712 Kings Highway, Lewes www.prugallo.com ! He said the company is devel- oping a program that would make donations to organizations based on HBS employee volun- teer service hours. At Lewes' Children's Beach House events, employees have volunteered as bartenders and assisted wherever needed. Employees recently turned a planned company event into an opportunity to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sus- sex County. "We went to a bowling alley and HBS sponsored the pins," Berberian said. For every pin knocked down the company donated money, raising more than $1,000 for the organization. Employees last year, and again this year, have soldiers in Imq on their list. "We sent five large boxes of supplies. Everyone in the compa- ny contributed from their own kitchens, money and whatever else they could gather," he said. HBS contributed items and paid for shipping. The packages were sent to HBS employee Lori Morgan's nephew, Pfc. Christopher Sloan, who handled dist"ibution of the goods. Sloan emailed a message telling how much it means to re- ceive such gifts. "I can tell you people out here love candy! Chips went fast as well. Gummies are the hottest thing out here. "Everyone loves them. This is our connection to home so we thank you very much," wrote Sloan. Continued on page 45 Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary 8th Annual Funfest Saturday, September 27, 2008 I0 a.m00 3 p.m. Winswept Stables Route 24, Lewes Games, Horse Shows, Pony Rides, Food Baked Goods Petting Zoo 00mlssion is Free B