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Jul 27, 2016

Taking Time to Celebrate

We who work in nonprofits and social enterprises are acutely aware of the tremendous needs in our communities.  Sometimes it seems our best efforts are not enough.  And some days we may feel like the mythological Sisyphus, pushing a rock up a hill, only to have it fall back down to the bottom.

We persist as long as there is a need.  But every so often we need to celebrate because while the road may be long, every step is an accomplishment.  As I get ready for Central Ohio’s annual celebration of our progress in using commerce to create social impact, I am mindful of the many steps we have taken over the past year along the long road to creating a strong, supportive, sustainable culture of social impact.

Next week I hope many will join us in celebrating our many steps.  Those who register will receive an advance copy of our second annual State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio.  Register here.

What steps will you hear about next week?

  • The social enterprises that have started in the past year.
  • The jobs, payroll, revenues, and impact of over 30 local social enterprises.
  • Organizations and events that are working hard to build awareness and support of social enterprise in our community.
  • New programs that are preparing 19 entrepreneurs to launch new social enterprises in 2016.
  • Formation of a new partnership to measure and improve social impact in our community.
  • Central Ohio’s first street festival celebrating social enterprise.
  • America’s first social entrepreneur to win the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Central Ohio’s own celebration of its social entrepreneur of the year
  • And much, much more.

And learn what Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther says about social enterprise in America’s Opportunity City.

See you August 2 at 5pm.  All free.  All fun.   Register now.

Allen Proctor, President & CEO

Center for Social Enterprise Development