Minimum Advertised Price Agreement

On April 6, 2015, a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy will be in effect for all Helping Hand Partner (HHP) products offered by online retailers or any retailer offering products via an ecommerce site. Our MAP price is the same as MSRP; supplied on HHP pricing sheets and catalogs, including our MAP pricing product list; supplied with this agreement.
Pricing updates may be sent out throughout the year, and are considered part of this agreement.

Helping Hand Incentives a 501c3, d.b.a. Helping Hand Partners (HHP), is implementing a MAP policy with the intent to:
• Ensure that our retailer and consumer relationships are consistent and value based.
• Maintain the proper positioning of HHP products in the marketplace and support perceived value, benefiting retailers, sales representatives and consumers.

Additional guidelines are as followed:
I. HHP “products” is defined as, all items offered by HHP and included in HHP catalogs, pricing sheets, website, promotional materials and sales collateral.

II. The MAP policy applies to all advertisements of HHP products in any and all media, including, but not limited to, flyers, social media, posters, coupons, mailers, inserts, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail order catalogs, Internet or similar electronic media and email.

III. If pricing is displayed in other than a brick and mortar retail store, any strike-through or other alteration of the MAP is prohibited.

IV. MAP applies only to advertised prices and does not apply to the price at which the products are actually sold or offered for sale to an individual consumer within the dealer’s retail location.

V. MAP does not apply to discontinued items.

VI. Any promotions a retailer wishes to run may not be done so by discounting from our MAP.

VII. MAP pricing is established by HHP and may be adjusted by HHP at its sole discretion.

Retailers who violate MAP will be contacted and asked to increase pricing. If pricing has not been increased before the end of that business day, retailers will be put on hold from receiving product. If a retailer violates our MAP three times, it will no longer be shipped product. HHP will monitor compliance with this policy. HHP may, at its own discretion, stop supplying products to any retailer found to be in violation of the MAP policy.

By signing the below, the retailer agrees to abide by the above-mentioned MAP policy. In addition, retailer agrees to disclose all businesses under which Helping Hand Partner products will be sold.

Our Brands & Partners

Our Brands

HHP has launched social enterprises that align with our mission to create jobs and lift communities. These include:

1eleven™ by HHP is HHP’s manufacturing social enterprise brand here in Chicago.

helping hand Artisans,  HHP’s global artisan network, is comprised of fair trade practice crafter and artisan collectives in the developing world.

Our Partners

Our partners are established social enterprises here at home and fair trade practice organizations around the world that manufacture world-class retail, promotional, incentive and corporate gifts while helping individuals overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

Every one of these social enterprises provides job opportunities and valuable social programming for disadvantaged, hard-to-hire, and developmentally and physically challenged individuals. While each partner organization has its own purpose, all our partners are dedicated to helping people improve their lives.

Here’s the work some of our US-Based Social Enterprise Partners do:

  • A bakery in Illinois that services adults with developmental disabilities
  • A clock manufacturing facility in Illinois that provides jobs for blind and visually impaired adults
  • An organization in Chicago that hires homeless and unemployed vets to imprint and sell their t-shirt and coffee lines

Here’s the work some of  our Fair Trade Practice Global Partners do:

  • A collective of over 200 women artisans in Guatemala that provides sustainable livelihoods and nutritious meals and schooling for their kids.
  • A fashion house in Cambodia that provides sustainable livelihoods and free preschool and day care for the artisan’s children
  • A jewelry design company in Ecuador and Viet Nam that provides sustainable livelihoods and holistic social programs for the artisans, which include education, disaster relief and interest-free loans.


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WHOWomen: Heather’s Story

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Apricot Fruitcake

Helping Hand Rewards partner Women Helping Other Women has been aiding women in making better lives for themselves. The North Carolina-based company offers a variety of gourmet holiday cakes, special order gift baskets and other products made by women eager for a new opportunity. While under the employ of WHOWomen, women learn life skills that will better enable them to build new lives. Profits generated go back to the community in the form of scholarships for women who may otherwise find it difficult to finance an education.  Scholarships are awarded to women who come to work in the bakery who want to improve their life and the lives of their children or to high school graduating young ladies who may not otherwise be able to attend college.

One of the best things about social enterprises is seeing how they change people’s lives. The following is the story of a woman named Heather, whose life was truly changed as a result of her time with WHOWomen.

 Heather’s Story

“I was born the youngest of three into a abusive and alcoholic home. The saving force for us children was our grandmother Clara Wilson. She taught us to survive in a hard world with love and the example of her life. I was nine years old when my parents divorced and my sister and I went to live with our mother. By the time I was fourteen I was on my own working and paying bills. I lived with friends until at sixteen I found out my mother had given birth to my little brother, Thomas. She intended to give him up for adoption, but I couldn’t see giving away my little brother. My older brother, sister and I were very close growing up and Thomas was one of us. I moved back in with my mother, worked full time and cared for Thomas. At nineteen I couldn’t live with my mother any longer so Thomas and I got our first home. I was married at twenty-one and lived peacefully for six years. In 1999 I developed cancer and underwent six months of chemotherapy. At the end of the chemo I began having severe headaches and a brain tumor was discovered. I had surgery in January of 2000, then another six months of recovery time.

During this year I lost my brother to my mother and my marriage to adultery. I worked as a restaurant manager for four years and assumed I would never have children of my own. HeatherHowever, in 2004 I discovered I was pregnant! I was excited, but scared because it was the pregnancy hormone that had made the tumor grow to a dangerous size. I made it through the pregnancy without any major problems and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Hollie Clara named after my grandmother. I tried to make things work with her father but he became abusive and I couldn’t put Hollie through the pain that I had gone through, so with a bag of clothes and $20 we came to Burnsville N.C. to the women’s shelter. My strength and self esteem was gone and I didn’t know how I was going to care for myself and my daughter.

The Lord led me to WHO WOMEN and they gave me a chance that I couldn’t see at the time. I cried almost every day for a month and Mat James (the founder of WHO WOMEN) gave me a shoulder to cry on, but after a month she showed me that the time for tears was over and the time to begin building my new life was at hand. WHO WOMEN provided me with transportation to work and school where I got my GED. I was able to get enough money for a car and enough to get our own apartment. I however didn’t have enough to pay the deposit on electric service. WHO WOMEN came through yet again with a loan of the $200.00 which was paid back in installments.

I worked in the kitchen of WHO WOMEN for four months baking, packaging, and shipping the wonderful products all around the country. I was given the responsibility of working food shows with Earthfare, managing the kitchen, and shipments which helped me regain my confidence.

My job with WHO WOMEN was a seasonal one and with the encouragement I received, I was able to get a job with a local grocery store as the produce manager. In the last year I have helped to increase sales by nearly fifty percent, and have received all the bonuses available. WHO WOMEN, however, was not out of my life. They honored me with their first scholarship to begin a degree in computer technology. The scholarship included a computer which I never could have afforded on my own. I now have a bright future to look forward to and more importantly, my daughter has opportunities that I never had.

The love and support I have received from WHO WOMEN has not only taught me the meaning of giving to others who need a helping hand, but this experience has taught my daughter the same lesson of love. I now look for ways to give back whenever I can I still work with WHO WOMEN in any way they need, I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Coalition, and recently donated fourteen inches of my hair to Locks of Love. I was taught as a child by my grandmother that even though life can be cold and cruel, sometimes it is the people with the strength of love in their hearts that bring the warmth back to those that need it the most. Through certain hardships that I have faced I almost forgot that important lesson, but the wonderful women at WHO WOMEN have reminded me of it by the example of their lives and unwavering devotion to all those who come in contact with them.”

(This story, along with others, can also be found at our home website. Check it out here!)

Press Release: We Partner With The Chicago Lighthouse To Reach Incentive and Promotional Markets

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Helping Hand Rewards (HHR), a Chicago-based organization that provides business development and marketing assistance to social enterprises, has added The Chicago Lighthouse to its list of mission-driven partners. HHR is helping this important social service agency promote the wall clocks made by Chicago Lighthouse Industries-its modern manufacturing facility employing blind and visually impaired workers-to the corporate, incentive, promotional, and recognition markets.

Since 1906, the Lighthouse has been a national trendsetter in providing educational, clinical, vocational, and rehabilitation services that open doors of opportunity for people with visual impairments. Chicago Lighthouse Industries holds the official contract for manufacturing clocks for the U.S. government. In a given year, it manufactures between 160,000 and 200,000 clocks distributed around the world. The sale of this merchandise helps fund a wide array of social service programs, including the nation’s oldest Low Vision Clinic, a nationally acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities, an innovative Legal Clinic to help combat discrimination, and a VA program to assist veterans in all 50 states.

Helping Hand Rewards was founded in 2006 by Michael Arkes, CEO of Hinda Incentives. His goal in starting the organization was to stimulate mutually beneficial relationships between businesses committed to social responsibility and social enterprises, like The Chicago Lighthouse, that manufacture and sell merchandise for the sole purpose of giving people in need the knowledge and resources to take charge and improve their lives.

“With the unemployment rate for blind people hovering around 70 percent, there is a tremendous need to support the agencies and organizations working proactively to provide training, job counseling, placement services, and employment opportunities to people with visual impairments,” said Arkes. “Organizations like The Chicago Lighthouse understand the critical and fundamental importance of giving people the knowledge and resources to be economically independent and self-sufficient rather than just giving them a hand-out.”

In addition to The Chicago Lighthouse, HHR partners with nine other social enterprises that primarily focus on creating opportunities for people to overcome barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Using a zero-based profit structure, HHR provides marketing, business development, and distribution expertise to these partners and helps them connect with potential customers. For more information, visit


HHP/helping hand partners lifts communities by providing sustainable livelihoods and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment.

All of our products provide a pathway out of poverty for our social enterprise partners and our fair trade practice global artisan partners.

Ethically sourced and responsibly made, we are known for using unique materials in new ways.

From gourmet food and bath & spa items to jewelry, bags, and housewares, all of our socially responsible items increase employee and customer engagement and are perfect for incentive and promotional programs, corporate gifts, and retail stores.

We have various initiatives and this year HHP is working to LIFT COMMUNITIES. Learn more.
HHP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Helping Hand Incentives is a 501(C)(3) non-profit doing business as HHP/helping hand partners.


Important Announcement!

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Customers and friends: We are excited to announce that we changed our company name from Helping Hand Rewards to HHP/helping hand partners to better reflect who we are and what we do.

The past year was an incredible one for Helping Hand Rewards; we received our 501(c)(3) certification which will allow us to really focus our efforts. The first step was a minor rebrand—we’re the same people with the same great service.

We are also moving to a much larger facility where we will be warehousing our products and fulfilling orders! Due to the move, we will not be shipping on Friday, September 19th or Monday, September 22nd, but will resume shipping on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Your patronage and support of our organization has allowed us to expand, and for this we thank you! Our telephone number will remain the same, but our new address is:

770 N. Halsted St., Ste. 105
Chicago, IL 60642

Effective Friday, September 19th, our new website URL and email addresses will be:

Mike Arkes
President & Founder

Dena Hirschberg
VP, Marketing & Sales

Lucy Kron
Sales, Incentive Market

Jessie Jury
Communications Manager


Allyson Zelinski
Graphic Designer

Thank you all so much for your continued support and awesome relationships.

Lambs Farm: Bringing More Than Baked Goods to the HHR Table

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Helping Hand Rewards’ newest partner is Chicago-based Lambs Farm, a non-profit organization helping over 260 people with developmental disabilities. Through employment opportunities, these individuals learn valuable vocational skills that can be transferred to other jobs in nearby communities, helping them create more sustainable lives for themselves.

What started as a small pet shop has grown into a sprawling campus. Located in Libertyville, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) they’ve grown their outreach to a country-style restaurant, a petting zoo, a country store and an amazing bakery. With these different business functions all out at their farm, Lambs Farm has been able to help, teach and even house hundreds of mentally disabled individuals have a more normal working life.

Social outreach isn’t all that Lambs Farm brings to the table. Their assortment of baked goods is absolutely out of this world! Famous for their “Butter Cookies,” they also provide toffee and turtleletts. In our Holiday Card assortment this year, we’ll be featuring their “Chocolate Lovers Collection” – three pounds of a lavish chocolate variety including an array of  buttery English toffee, dark, milk and white Lambs Farm logo chocolates, dipped fruit, enrobed sandwich
cookies, dark chocolate nut bark, turtles, nut clusters and coconut patties.

Want to learn more about Lambs Farm? Check them out at or even on Twitter as @lambsfarm.

If you’re attending the Motivation Show this year, it makes a prime opportunity to learn more in person. Lambs Farm will be featured at our Helping Hand Rewards Booth at this years show. Check in at the booth on Foursquare and you’re likely to score some free samples.

Women’s Bean Project Gives New Hope To Those In Need

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Helping Hand Rewards partner Women’s Bean Project (based in Denver, CO) has recently released a new catalog that shows how the organization is spreading their interests…and helping more people in the process. Through sales of items that primarily consist of beans, soup and cookie mixes, Women’s Bean Project helps aid their mission:

“Our mission is to change women’s lives by providing stepping-stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. Our goal is to change the world at large by helping women in the program see themselves and their world in a whole new way. They are women who have made the choice to change their lives.”

Part of the new catalog involves two new initiatives. The first being the organization’s expansion into school

Pearls of Wisdom necklace from WBP

fundraising programs. WBP helps track all web orders and offers 35% of all sales to the organizations using their fundraising services. It’s an initiative that not only helps fundraising efforts but also serves the dual purpose of helping women in WBP’s organization.

Women’s Bean is also expanding their catalog assortment from simply homemade food products to jewelry. They are working in conjunction with female jewelry designers to help employ even more women and change even more lives, helping these women learn more life and job-readiness skills to move toward self-sufficiency.

Learn more about Women’s Bean by visiting our site here or directly at their home website

How the ABATAKA Collection is Helping One AIDS Victim Better Her Life

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Sometimes Florence is self-conscious: She did not attend school and cannot read, so on some ABATAKA Collection jewelry tags she writes different spellings for her name — Syachibe, Shachibe, or Siachibe.

But when Florence needs to be, she’s strong – as when she finally resolved what to do about being HIV-positive.

Their two daughters were ages one and four when Florence’s husband became very ill, despite the tuberculosis medicines she got for him at the clinic. One day as she picked up medicines, she talked with a counselor about HIV testing. Her husband refused, but she got tested – and then would not believe the diagnosis “positive.” She went to a second clinic, then a third, each time disbelieving the test results. Finally she agreed to get treatment, took home the antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and showed them to her husband. He told her there was danger in taking them – and because he was more educated, she believed him. When Florence skipped her follow-up appointment, clinic counselors came to her home. She chased them away and the next day, she went to the clinic, dumped her unused medicines on the table and fled.

As Florence’s husband’s health declined, one of her daughters also became ill. Fearing she would get sick and be unable to care for family, Florence went to the clinic and pleaded: “I have come to get my drugs back.” Though her husband again objected, Florence started on the drugs. Her husband finally agreed to get tested and was scheduled to begin HIV treatment, but died before his appointment. As soon as Florence completed the traditional days of homebound mourning, she took her daughters to be tested; both had TB, and the elder girl also is HIV-positive.

Florence says that when she went to the HIV-positive support group and saw all the people living openly with HIV, “that’s where I started my happiness.” When her husband died, the family had very little. But with the money she earns making jewelry, she has repaired the family’s broken furniture, can pay the rent, and even is helping support her widowed mother.

Helping Nashville Weather the Storm

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This last weekend the mid-south knew they were going to be in for a rainy weekend…but not rain of biblical proportions. After the showers settled, country music capital of the world – Nashville, Tennessee – found itself standing in several feet of floodwaters and well over a billion dollars worth of damage. Marquee sites like downtown, the Grand Ole Opry and the Opryland Hotel now double as miniature lakes. Despite the massive devestation, there hasn’t been all that much press (relatively speaking) from the major outlets covering this issue.

The city has a huge obstacle ahead of itself in regards to recovery. However, despite what’s hit them, the community has done an extremely good job of rallying together to help with clean up, conserve water, and help their neighbors in other ways necessary. How can others jump in on the action?

If you are local or within a close distance, Hands On Nashville is a great organization to get involved with. On their home website, they list all the different volunteer outlets there are in the city to help out flood victims. Nashvillest also has a comprehensive list of ways to help out, whether is financially, physically or whatnot.

How can you raise awareness through social media?

Twitter: @nashvillest, a handle typically dedicated to updating followers on where to go, eat and play to Nashville has now dedicated its tweet stream to relief efforts, news and notifying people of who needs help and how to go about doing so. (Thanks to @jeffvenable for making me aware of this). If you want to learn how to help, this is a great resource.

There is also the standard Twitter way of helping via Twibbon. Want to publicly acknowledge your support for Nashville? This is a good place to start. You also have the ability to announce your support via your Facebook profile pic through this same site.

Using Facebook, there are a plethora of Facebook groups (also found on Nashvillest’s website) that can help raise awareness for the flood.

What are some other ways that people can help out?