A Year of Service

On August 23, 2017, Payscout and the Jefferson Awards Foundation celebrate the one-year anniversary of a partnership dedicated to powering and celebrating public service.

Exactly one year ago today, Payscout partnered with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service, as part of their Champions program.

Champions are companies who partner with the Jefferson Awards Foundation to engage in meaningful community service and celebrate employees and others in their communities with Jefferson Awards.

The partnership has been a natural fit for Payscout, whose Vision, Mission, and Cultural Attributes are inspired by the Belief that “every individual has a social responsibility to make the world a better place.”

When determining how best to implement programs and activities to support that Belief, Payscout turned to the Jefferson Awards Foundation to engage in their esteemed year-long community outreach initiatives that focus on supporting education and social entrepreneurship.

As the first Jefferson Awards Foundation Champion in Los Angeles, Payscout launched a mentoring project with Van Nuys Middle School as part of the Foundation’s Students in Action program.  JAF launched the Students In Action program in 2006 with a goal of developing today’s students into tomorrow’s community leaders.  The three pillars of the program are Leadership, Engagement, and Impact.

Several members of the Payscout Family volunteered time to mentor the Van Nuys Middle School students and support their social entrepreneurship endeavor, Operation: Blankets of Love, a student-led initiative to collect blankets for animals in a local shelter.  The goal of the service project was to drive an increase in adoption rates among the pets.  The Payscout team provided guidance on how best to market the service project, find creative ways to engage their local community, and present the summary findings of their project at the Students in Action final competition event.

On Friday, May 26, Payscout and the Jefferson Awards Foundation presented a banner honoring the Middle Schoolers’ Silver Leadership award for their inspirational social entrepreneurship.  The Appreciation and Celebration Event at Van Nuys Middle School, at which Payscout presented a banner alongside the Jefferson Awards Foundation, welcomed representatives from the LA Chamber of Commerce, the LA Unified School District (Superintendent Michelle King was a Special Honoree at the event), and Ms. Candy Williams, CEO of Empowered Gifts was on hand, as well.

By partnering with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, Payscout is poised to expand the scope and reach of these initiatives—and build a culture of service among our nation’s youth.

Merchant Spotlight: Bolinha Restaurant

Payscout is powering payment solutions for one of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in São Paulo, Brazil: Bolinha.  In this Merchant Spotlight feature, we explore delicious Brazilian feijoada and learn how Payscout is supporting entrepreneurs globally.

Bolinha was founded in 1946 when a taxi driver named Affonso “Bolinha” Paulillo bought a little bar in the Jardins area of São Paulo, Brazil.

The Brazilian restaurant primarily served pizzas and a la carte menu items up until 1952, when Paulillo first served his version of the traditional Brazilian dish, feijoada, to his friends to celebrate the victory of his soccer team.

Feijoada is a dish that consists of a stew of black beans with various types of pork and beef, served with farofa, white rice, braised cabbage, sliced orange, and other accompaniments.  His friends enjoyed the dish so much, it was added to the Wednesday and Saturday menu at Bolinha, and since 1976 it has been served daily.

Bolinha’s feijoada is internationally renowned and prepared in the traditional way, in the same wood burning stove since 1946.  It is served in two versions, traditional and light, with ten different garnishes.  It is recognized and awarded as the best feijoada in Brazil.

Today, Bolinha Restaurant is managed by brothers José Orlando and Paulo Affonso Paulillo, who learned the business from their father, Affonso Paulillo, the original “Bolinha.”

The tradition and culture that are reflected in Bolinha’s cuisine are the same ingredients in Payscout’s recipe for successfully supporting global entrepreneurs:  It all starts with culture.

By engaging international merchants with cultural empathy, by learning about the history and tradition behind Bolinha’s authentic Brazilian fare, Payscout powers the customized solutions that drive continued success for Bolinha’s point-of-sale payments solutions.

So the next time you’re in São Paulo, Brazil, don’t forget to sample the traditional, authentic Brazilian fare at Bolinha Restaurant – and remember that cultural empathy is the key to supporting the entrepreneurial dream.