Over 400 participants (including over 100 from the Twin Cities) came from all over the country to explore what it means to “build an economy on purpose” at the SEA Summit 2013, which was held in Minneapolis last month.
The highlight was the exclusive Twin Cities social enterprise marketplace with 50 vendor exhibitors. Buyers and summit attendees learned about goods and services, which were available for sale to support social missions. Mayor Chris Coleman was on hand to issue a proclamation from the City of St. Paul declaring Social Enterprise Week. Minnesota governor Dayton and City of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also made proclamations.
Kudos to the entire Twin Cities board and committee members who were instrumental in making the Summit, social enterprise tours, and the Marketplace, such a great success. Minnesota Business featured a recap in a recent blog post interviewing our chapter president, Beth Parkhill, and a photo of our SEA Twin Cities Chapter Team. (In photo, from L to R: FR, Laurel Hanson, Colleen Ebinger, Beth Parkhill, Steven Olinger, Mary Serie, Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Jack Katzmark; BR, Bethany Mammenga, Steven Lockwood , Andrea West, Scott Cole, Tom Triplett, Brian Paulson, Josh Senso.)