DEC Presents:  Social Entrepreneurship is Changing Columbus: Join the Movement

Join us at the DEC on Thursday, April 21st  from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

Program: Social entrepreneurship is not just a trending fad; it’s a way of life for many passionate entrepreneurs who want their business to affect positive change in their community and the world at large.

So, what is social entrepreneurship, how does it work and why should you care?  In a nutshell, a social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental wellbeing, rather than maximizing profits.  These social companies are making a big splash in Columbus. In fact, there are already more than 40 social enterprises that exist in Central Ohio. You might have heard of Hot Chicken Takeover, initiated by Joe DeLoss or CleanTurn, started by John Rush. These are just a few examples of do-gooders turned successful business owners. You can read more about what’s going on in Cbus here.

During the presentation, Allen Proctor will explain the ins and outs of social enterprise, how the business model works and why it’s making such a splash in Columbus.  You might even find that you feel compelled to get involved in the movement yourself!


• Social enterprise 101

• The social enterprise model

• Local social enterprise success stories

• Why social enterprise is important to Columbus

• How you can be part of local social entrepreneurship

Presenter:  Allen Proctor is the founder and principal of Proctor’s Linking Mission to Money and the president and CEO of the Center for Social Enterprise Development. He has nearly 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations and enhancing organizational effectiveness and has worked as a top executive at institutions as diverse as: Harvard University (as CFO and Vice President for Finance); New York City (as Deputy Budget Director); New York State Financial Control Board (as Executive Director); and Federal Reserve Bank of New York (as Division Chief). He specializes in developing financial and performance solutions for nonprofit organizations, and helping them build a sustainable social enterprise business model.

Location: The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center is located at 565 Metro Place South, Suite 100, Dublin, Ohio 43017. For more information visit our website or even better join the conversation on twitter, facebook, or LinkedIn.