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Social Entrepreneurship Summit Encourages Change for Good
Local event focuses on Arizona businesses that are making a difference

Local First Arizona and SUSTAINWE are presenting a one-day Summit to help business leaders learn how to incorporate social responsibility into their business operations.  As more consumers seek out companies whose impact are transparent and aligned with their values, businesses that incorporate social responsibility into their operations have much to gain. They can increase credibility and trust in their brand, create an engaged workforce and attract employees, generate press, attract investors and funders and stand out as a role model in the community. Social responsibility is something that every business can incorporate, and small steps can make a big impact.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Summit (SOCENT) features five panel discussions which will focus Operations, Environmental Sustainability, Advocacy, Supply Chain Impact, and Marketing.  The panelists are a wide range of local business owners in Arizona who are doing great things to create meaningful jobs, lessen their impact on the environment, lead in their industry and support fellow entrepreneurs. Panelists include:

social entrepreneurship summitAlok Appadurai, Fed by Threads
Raveen Arora, The Dhaba
Matthew Clyde, Ideas Collide/Danzeisen Dairy
Shanna Ellis, Centers for Habilitation
Eric Glomski, Page Springs Cellars
C’pher Gresham, Swillings Coffee
Angela Hughey, One Community
Heidi Jannega, WebPR
Kevin Koch, Technicians for Sustainability
Sentari Minor, Social Venture Partners
Brian Mohr, Y Scouts
Lance Muzslay, Sole Sports
Jenny Poon, CO+HOOTS/eeko studio
Robin Reed, Occam Sustainability Partners
MaryBeth Scanlon, Pizza People Pub
Carolyn Sechler, Sechler CPA
Stephanie Vasquez, Fair Trade Café
Chandler Yelton, O’Neil Printing

Opening keynote speaker Vincent Stanley will share the story of clothing company Patagonia whose dedication to being a responsible company has led to their international success.

Closing keynote speaker Adam Goodman will share how Goodmans Interior Structures operates their Arizona company with attention to their community.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Vintage 45, 45 W. Buchanan St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $60 per person
Find tickets here
More information on Local First Arizona’s website

Images courtesy of Local First Arizona.