Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership

Dine at Krimson Kafe the week of June 20th to help raise $500 for Food 2 Kids!


As part of W&A Engineering’s 20th anniversary celebration, we have launched a year-long program, the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership!

At the beginning of the year, the plan was that throughout 2020, W&A would partner with 12 local businesses to highlight the work they have done in establishing their business as an important part of the culture and economy of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

In March, after monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, W&A postponed the Local Business Partnership initiative. We encouraged everyone to support their favorite local businesses in any way possible while respecting the state and local guidance for staying safe. Employees at W&A started working remotely in mid-March and started a Take Out Tuesday promotion to celebrate the company’s tradition of eating out together, and the company has been actively supporting local businesses through the Athens Works Initiative and the Community Banking Entrepreneurial Collaborative, that has already assisted nearly 50 small businesses with securing support from local banks to apply for Payroll Protection Plan Loans.

It appears that this 2020 initiative to highlight and support local businesses is exactly what is needed as our communities start to cautiously get back to work. That is why the decision was made to relaunch our 20th Anniversary Local Business Partnership effective June 2020. Our leadership team agreed to pick up where we left off and move forward as we continue to show our support for local businesses in the pursuit of our mission to build better communities.


W&A will be asking one local business each month to name a nonprofit “beneficiary” and is pledging to match the first $500 in sales revenue earned during the week of the 20th to be donated to their nonprofit every month. Designating a nonprofit as part of this partnership is not only a way to give back, but also as an opportunity to recognize the significant role these community partners have in our economy.

This partnership will operate under the W&A Cares Program. W&A’s corporate citizenship initiative, W&A Cares, is part of an ambitious effort to formalize and increase the firm’s commitment to “Building Better Communities” through service and financial support in five focus areas: Community, Economic Development, Education, Employee Well-Being, and Sustainability.

“Twenty years ago, I started a design and engineering firm in Watkinsville, GA. Since then, the business has grown into a multidisciplinary engineering firm with five core disciplines, nearly 50 employees with offices in Athens, Nashville, and Augusta, and a national footprint with project experience in over 45 states. I know the courage and vision it takes to start a business and the tenacity it takes to keep it going. The goal of the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership is to celebrate local businesses and nonprofits, and I sincerely hope our local community will join us for this 20th anniversary initiative.”

Jon Williams, CEO and President of W&A Engineering


Established in 1998 by Krimson Black before her 21st birthday, the idea for Krimson Kafe was to provide a fresh simple product for lunch with a focus on supporting the local community. Having different art displayed monthly and using as many locally grown items as possible, Krimson strives to do their part. “Now after 20 years, the cafe has been successful in doing just that, thanks to all the loyal support they have received,” said Krimson, the owner. The cafe’s friendly atmosphere along with affordable fresh food makes this eatery a great place for lunch!


Krimson Kafe’s Beneficiary: Food 2 Kids

Food 2 Kids is a special program aimed at closing the hunger gap for needy school children in northeast Georgia. Founded in 2008 by the Food bank of Northeast Georgia, the Food 2 Kids program provides free sacks of food to over 1,500 students weekly in Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Oglethorpe, Madison, Banks, Rabun, Habersham, and Stephens County who are at risk of going hungry over the weekend. While the public schools offer breakfast and lunch to the most impoverished students in our community, many of these same children do not have a reliable source of food over the weekend. Modeled on a national program, Athens Food 2 Kids aims to bridge this weekly hunger gap.


For more information, please contact Amy Kissane, Corporate Citizenship Coordinator: or 706-310-0400.


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