W hen Daugherty Business Solutions gives back to the com- munity, it does so innovatively. For example, Best Buy was looking to enhance its access to millennials. Daugh- erty was familiar with a St. Louis startup named Rover- town, which had designed a mobile coupon platform that
scoured nearby stores to find discounts for college students.
By introducing Rovertown to Best Buy,
Daugherty was able to feed a growing industry. In St. Louis, the startup community
is valued at $761 million, and is growing,
and what grows the economy in St. Louis
is good for everybody, says Lee Metcalf,
VP Community Outreach, Daugherty Business Solutions. Daugherty wants to see the
startup community succeed, because it is
an avenue for St. Louis to attract and build
talent, as it currently has about 4,000 employees. The community also attracts ven-ture-capitalist money.
“Supporting the growth of startups is
good for new idea generation, good for the
St. Louis economy, good for our clients and
invigorates our own employees getting exposed to new ideas,” Metcalf says.
The introduction also reenergized the
firm’s relationship with Best Buy. “Daugh-
erty is focused on bringing the best solu-
tions to our clients,” Metcalf says. “The In-
novation/Startup community is a growing
part of that process.”
One of those start-ups is SmartCare, a
solution that will help the elderly stay in
their homes longer by use of a specific set
of sensors on the home that help monitor
their health. Best Buy, and other companies
that support residential home productivity,
are looking for new products and services.
And thus, a match was made.
“We were happy to help SmartCare con-
nect with the right people at these com-
panies and better understand what market
requirements were needed,” Metcalf says.
“It was also our desire to bring ideas and
thought leadership to our clients.”
SmartCare was one of a number of
startups that is perfecting this solution
and worthy of a Fortune 500’s time. And
Daugherty is deeply involved with the
“Our mission is to bring our clients
value. The Internet of Things and Ana-
lytics are both key to those new levels of
productivity,” Metcalf says. “SmartCare
is transforming how we think about home
As far as the recognition that comes with
the award, Metcalf says it means a lot to
the firm, its employees and clients.
“Daugherty strives to give back to the
community in all the cities where we work.
Making a difference for our clients and for
our communities is a core value,” Metcalf
says. “It is about helping people.”
Q&A: What does winning a
Social & Community Investment
award mean to you, your firm
and your employees?
Metcalf: While we certainly appreciate
Consulting magazine for creating this
program and shining a light on all the
good works in consulting, the recognition
is not why we do the pro bono work. We
spent hundreds of hours on pro bono
work with startups and if that inspires
others to invest in similar endeavors,
then we are all in.”