Local non-profit Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub is the organization behind Social Enterprise CINCY. See how this week-long celebration is stirring up Cincinnati’s social entrepreneurs.
Bill Tucker and his team at Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub have a mission: to educate the residents of the Tri-State on the many social enterprises in the community.
Not quite sure what a social enterprise is? That’s ok, Tucker explains it as a “nonprofit-originated business that takes an entrepreneurial approach to social issues to achieve positive community goals.”
Tucker, who is the Executive Director at Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, says that all of the enterprises in Greater Cincinnati directly address a social need either through their products and services or through the people it employs. “Simply stated, social enterprises are businesses where society profits,” he says.
This year, Social Enterprise CINCY will kick off August 31 and run through September 6 with four events slated for the week. Tucker says the inspiration behind Social Enterprise CINCY is to celebrating and elevate social entrepreneurs in the Greater Cincinnati Region to support businesses that create jobs, build communities and strengthen families.
The first event of the week takes place on Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. The Social Enterprise CINCY Summit will be held at Union Terminal and include keynote presentations by Sebastian Fries, former Chief Giving Offices for TOMS Shoes. On Wednesday the Social Enterprise Showcase will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Fountain Square. There, 20 social entrepreneurs will “showcase” their products and services as attendees meander through each booth to check them out.
Head over to La Terza Coffee in Lockland on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for CINCY Celebrates Social to tour a social enterprise and socialize over coffee, food and Rivertown beer. Social entrepreneurs can enjoy a co-marketing day on Saturday, September 5.
Tickets for the Summit are $35. VIP tickets will cost you $65 and students can attend for $20.All of the other events during Social Enterprise CINCY Week are free.
Tucker says the mail goal for the event is to help build bridges between social entrepreneurs in the non-profit, for-profit and faith communities. “We hope to link these social entrepreneurs with business, civic and government leaders, and thereby grow the market for the goods and services of social entrepreneurs,” he adds.