The Toubassi family operates two Flint Hills Spas locations — and a Great Harvest Bread franchise. Naturally, it receives frequent requests for baked goods and sandwiches, says owner Jamil Toubassi.
For both companies, Toubassi tries to contribute to the community and says most small-business owners he knows do the same. Some of their favorites include their children’s school, the American Diabetes Association and the Cattle Barren’s Ball, which raises money for cancer research.
The companies are often inundated with requests. While they try to say yes as often as possible, sometimes the timing isn’t right.
“If someone calls or and shows up and says, ‘This Saturday, we have this event, can you participate, or would you be willing to be a volunteer?’” Toubassi says. “It requires advanced notice. In those situations where we have to say, ‘Unfortunately, this year, we can’t…but keep us in mind for next year.’ With very rare exceptions, people completely understand and are appreciative.”