People Helping People … Let’s Promote Small Businesses

In an uncertain time, we know one thing is true: We all have the power to help others.

In this spirit, thank you for visiting us and these small businesses at this time!

Dear Guest:

We absolutely love these products and services that can be found online — and are open for business, including nonprofit Workplace Fairness and its efforts for workers. Please see the Workplace Fairness giving campaign:

Be sure to scroll down to see all businesses. We do hope you enjoy reading about them and that they give you some ideas for gift-giving, too. Plus we would like to help you market your ideas…….If you have a business with an unusual or unique product or service we will consider adding it to this website. If you’d like to be featured,  please see information we need that appears at bottom of this post.*

Warmest regards,
Publisher, All Things Cruise

Do You Know What Your Former Boss Will Say About You to a Prospective New Employer? (Michigan)

This site will call, find out and give the results back to you! Reference Checking Service & Background Check Services. Also offers experienced résumés and reference list critique. See Reference Letter option (hiring managers very often prefer candidates with good reference letters).

Learn more about Allison & Taylor Reference Checking

Learn about Personalized Reference Letters here.

We are a boutique development agency that helps start-ups and mid-sized businesses bring remarkable digital experiences to life.
Codified – Boutique Development Agency

Workplace Fairness (Washington, D.C.)

Workplace Fairness is a national nonprofit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights.

Learn more about Workplace Fairness.

Ultimate Baby Gift (Michigan)

Legal & Financial Protection for Your New Baby

Legal instruments lovingly crafted by 3 devoted fathers

This beautiful baby gift includes essential legal & financial documents to prepare for and protect the important changes in your life with the addition of a new baby!


Learn more about the Ultimate Baby Gift

Are you a Royal? (Michigan)

We map family trees and preserve your history for your children,grandchildren and future descendants! Printed on beautiful parchment paper and placed in Italian leather books, these histories make a unique gift that you and your family will love.

Learn more about Are You A Royal?

Do your ears hurt? It’s time to replace your head phone ear pads! (Iowa)

Two top-quality replacement protein leather and foam ear pads to make your headset look and feel like new.

Learn about Compete Audio Ear Pads.

Sharing a Headset is Like Sharing Your Toothbrush (Iowa)

A company is only as strong as its employees, and when they’re out sick, business does not happen. Replacing microphone windscreens frequently eliminates a source of contamination that causes illness and is essential for maintaining good health.

Learn About Compete Audio Microphone Windscreens

Dennis Cox Photography — Cruising the World book coming…

Dennis Cox, Photography (Michigan)

Dennis Cox is an award-winning travel and location photographer for magazines, books, corporate publications, and advertising. He has photographed in over one hundred thirty countries on all seven continents and all 50 U.S. states, and has specialized in photographing China with over 50 trips there since 1976.  His photographs have appeared in an eclectic range of publications in numerous countries worldwide. Dennis has been a regular contributor to such magazines as Midwest Living, Forbes, Information Week, and U.S. News & World Report … and much more~!

All Things Cruise: Official Photographer, and Writer (New York)

Whether for a weekend getaway, family vacation, cross-country road trip, or your next exploration; a spontaneous trip or vacation planned far in advance; an insightful guide direct from the respective destination and experts can make the difference of a good trip becoming a great trip!

Learn About Travel Guides Free


CruiseCompete (Iowa) does not sell travel; it is a free and anonymous service that helps cruisers find the best values for their cruise vacation. Consumers simply submit a ship name and sail date with a few other pieces of relevant information

Learn more about CruiseCompete.

Healing Hooves (Alberta, Canada)

Our vision at Healing Hooves is to help parents raise secure and emotionally healthy children in an insecure world.

Equine Therapy Animals at Healing Hooves

Sometimes this means working individually with families through our equine and animal assisted therapy program and parent support sessions. We also aim to reach and support a wider base of families through our series of children’s books featuring the ponies of Healing Hooves. Grounded firmly in attachment theory and developmental science, each book has its own theme, such as holding on when apart, fear and anxiety, emotional expression, relationship conflict, asking for help and unconditional love. Our books can also simply be shared with children as fun entertaining stories about mischievous ponies on a farm in the Canadian Rockies! During this current time of uncertainty we are offering many of our stories to families for free download in PDF or epub format.  We also have a free users guide available for parents.

Learn more about Healing Hooves here


Bonni Goldberg, Author (Oregon)

Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life

200 playful and provocative invitations to explore creative writing. Each page offers a mini essay, an exercise to get you writing, and a quotation for extra inspiration. With both humor and reverence, Bonni Goldberg entices you to experience the world as a writer. Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) calls Room to Write, “an ideal writer’s companion.” Great for artists too.

Learn more here.



Where is Willie (Florida)

The Where is Willie Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We provide aid and assistance to orphans, displaced families, and the homeless and support volunteers that have a desire to help make this world a more peaceful and loving place. We are currently buying supplies that prevent the spread of COVID-19 for hospitals in Ukraine, displaced Venezuelans in Colombia, and orphans in northern India.

Learn more here.

Please send the following information to  Please put in subject line of your email to us: “people helping people submission.”

  1. Description of your offering with 150 words or less
  2. Approximate pricing “from and to”
  3. Photo in a jpeg
  4. Your full contact information
  5. Name
  6. Email
  7. Telephone number – cell
  8. Telephone number – business
  9. City state zip
  10. Do you have a brick and mortar business
  11. Is your product available locally, USA only or globally?
  12. Web page
  13. Do you offer an affiliate program?
  14. How long you have been in business?
  15. Photo of business license, if necessary
  16. Do you accept all major credit cards?
  17. Link to ratings of your business via BBB or other social media
  18. Social media links

 We look forward to getting back to you very quickly. (All submissions are subject to review and we reserve the right of refusal.)

~ Please note: We are doing this as a goodwill gesture to help other businesses at this time but do not provide any additional information/guarantees about these websites. Be sure to do your own research and look at reviews and BBB ratings, if available. Thank you for visiting and considering these businesses.  




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