How can businesses serve social needs while staying profitable? How can non-profits become more sustainable and efficient? In the innovative field of social-purpose business, new organizational models are put forward that attempt to reconcile a social mission with financial sustainability.
We’ll examine some of the successful social businesses that exist already and the many different forms they take. We will have some guests from local social businesses to discuss with us their experiences:
1. Soup Sisters: Every month, they host a soup-making event where participants pay a registration fee to cook soup together and enjoy a healthy meal. The soup is then donated to local shelters.
2. Enviro-Stewards: This is an environmental consulting company and one of the first companies in in Canada to be certified as a B-corp (a certification for social enterprises).
3. Ten Thousand Villages: This store was a social enterprise long before it was trendy. They sell fair-trade goods and artwork from developing countries around the world.
4. Seven Shores: A local café that uses fair trade and organic products in their menu. In addition to the café, their location includes a community room and showcases local art.
Each business owner will present their business model and there will be time for questions and discussion.
Free and open to all, but please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3135208493
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