ABOUT STEVE DOWN
Steve Down is a man with a cause. Many causes, in fact. His companies are a force for good, as Steve has an unwavering commitment to building businesses that change our lives and communities for the better.
Steve is an entrepreneur, cause capitalist and cause leader. A preeminent role model for 21st century business leaders, he believes—and has demonstrated numerous times—that helping his community and running wildly successful businesses are not mutually exclusive. Rather than simply donating money to the causes he believes in, he has set up a business model that turns his customers into benefactors of their own communities. Many of his businesses are built on a 1:1 giving model—buy one, give one.
He is the founder and president of Even Stevens, a sandwich shop with a cause that has become a force for sustainable change in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. For every sandwich sold, Even Stevens donates the value of a sandwich to a local nonprofit who in turn feed the hungry in their community. To date, Even Stevens currently supports more than 40 different non-profit partners in local markets. And, in just over two years, the company has donated more than one million sandwiches. Even Stevens is the fastest growing fast casual dining restaurant chain in the United States, reaching the goal of one million sandwiches sold seven years sooner than McDonald’s was able to do so at its start. It has become a beloved brand in 10 communities, with plans to expand to 25 locations in 2017.
Steve also founded The Falls Event Centers, innovative and state-of-the-art event facilities that are rapidly becoming the place to hold corporate gatherings, dream weddings, and community events. The company offers free facility space access to local non–profits from their available inventory. The Falls Event Centers are rapidly expanding their presence in the market, with eleven locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and plans to expand to 25 this year.
Another Steve Down Company with a life-changing give-back is CE Karma, a professional dental continuing education organization that supports the success of both dentists and the communities they serve by providing state-of-the-art continuing education with a cause. For every course attendee, CE Karma donates proceeds back to non-profit partners Mission of Mercy and America’s Dentists Care foundation, providing free oral health care to patients in need. CE Karma is currently in 33 states, with 90+ courses and plans to double course offerings in 2018.
His most recent 1:1 initiative is Steve’s Hotel, opening soon in McMinnville, Oregon. For every room booked, the company provides one night in the community’s homeless shelter for those in need.
Steve’s desire to help others is deeply rooted in his philosophy about financial wealth. “Giving help is one of the greatest rewards of becoming financially fit,” he says in his book Financially Fit for Life. And he’s a man who knows what he’s talking about, because he has personally experienced the principles he teaches. Steve knows what it’s like to be in debt—to the tune of $1,000,000. He also knows what it’s like to turn things around and eventually make that very same amount in a single day.
His company, Financially Fit, is an organization committed to helping families and individuals create wealth from any starting point. As America’s Wealth Coach, Steve has shared his knowledge and experience with individuals from coast to coast, helping them change the way they think, feel, and act about money to achieve their vision of financial wealth. He is the author of Financially Fit for Life and an audio book, The Miracle of Wealth. He has also been heard by millions on national talk radio. Together, Steve’s books, trainings, and mentoring systems have helped countless individuals treat the disease of financial illiteracy, not just the symptoms.
Steve’s other flourishing companies include Storm Maker Media and Blue Hat Ventures.