Minneapolis Summit Looks At Means Of ‘Building An Economy On Purpose’

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Minneapolis Summit Looks At Means Of ‘Building An Economy On Purpose’

May 19-22 Event Brings National Spotlight To Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS – (April 25, 2013) The basic requirement for changing the world is a few dedicated people of common will, according to anthropologist Margaret Mead. Imagine what’s to be gained, then, by joining with more than 700 like-minded people intent on using social enterprise tools to change the world. Just such a gathering takes place in Minneapolis this May 19-22, when the Social Enterprise Alliance convenes its 13th Annual Summit – Building an Economy on Purpose — at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

Registration for the Summit is open to the public. This event will be of particular interest to those wanting to learn how to operate a profitable business venture inside a non-profit organization – or grow such a venture to a larger scale; entrepreneurs looking to create profit-making ventures to serve a common social good; and to those people in the business, academic, philanthropic and civic/governmental sectors with an interest in increasing their understanding of the social enterprise movement and its ability to produce a more purpose-driven economy focused on serving the common good.

“For people looking to connect to the fast-evolving world of social enterprise, the SEA Summit is the place to be,” says Kevin Lynch, executive director of the national office of the SEA. “We’ve stacked the program lineup with content-rich options for people to learn about what it takes to develop and implement the social enterprise model in their own organizations and within their communities.”

The Summit speaker roster reads like a who’s who of the social enterprise world, featuring names such as Rebecca Masisak, CEO of TechSoup Global; Priya Haji,. co-founder of SaveUp; Aaron Hurst, president and founder of the Taproot Foundation; Carla Javits, president of REDF; Debbie Alvarez-Rodriguez, former CEO, Goodwill, San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties; Van Jones, president and founder, Rebuild the Dream; and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota Secretary of State, among many others.

Registration packages range from a one-day pass of $249 to four-day passes priced at $549 – with substantial discounts available for various SEA membership levels.  More information on the SEA Summit 2013 is available online at http://summit2013.se-alliance.org.

About the Social Enterprise Alliance Twin Cities (SEA-TC)

Social Enterprise Alliance – Twin Cities (SEA-TC) is one of 13 chapters of the national organization. SEA-TC serves as a catalyst for the success and expansion of social enterprise in Minnesota. It provides access to educational, financial, & market resources to maximize social impact through “on purpose” business models.  Members include Genesys Works, Finnegan’s, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Momentum Enterprises, The Arc Value Village, Cookie Cart, Hammer Travel, Midwest Special Services, Cornerstone, CityKid Java, Mentor Planet and more. Its member base includes nonprofits, entrepreneurs, leaders and managers of social-purpose businesses, investors, philanthropists, and professionals from academia, business, consulting and law. More information at www.seatwincities.org.

About the Social Enterprise Alliance (national office in Minneapolis)

Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the champion for social enterprise in the United States with more than 1,000 members. Its aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive social change, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, it provides social enterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and works to build an optimal environment in which they can thrive. The national headquarters recently relocated from Washington, D.C., to the Twin Cities.  More information at www.se-alliance.org.

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