The state of Indiana made news this week when Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that claims to protect businesses and individuals from prosecution for refusing service based on one’s religious beliefs. But many suspect that it will also allow businesses to refuse service to certain individuals or groups by claiming religious beliefs.
Diego Arteaga has lived his life selling in an international arena. Born in Ecuador, he attended college in the United States, where he got his first sales job selling books door to door as a University of Georgia student. After graduation, he moved back to Ecuador, where he worked marketing consumer goods for heavy hitters like Coca-Cola and Philip Morris and Compaq.
When Jacob DeCoste requested a meeting with a Green Bay SCORE mentor, he asked for an appointment that worked with his school schedule. DeCoste, a senior at Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran School, is only 18 years old.
Indiana entrepreneur Josh Driver has launched www.openforservice.org in response to recent events in the state highlighting businesses that will not discriminate in services. “Too much media attention is being given to businesses that say no. I want to honor and give voice to businesses that say yes,” said Driver.