Social Enterprise Round Table

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Social Enterprise Round Table

Over forty individuals and organizations have already registered for the Social Enterprise (SE) Round Table to be held in Sault Ste. Marie on February 28th and March 1st, 2018. The goal of the forum is to build connections, create networking opportunities, and increase communities’ knowledge of Social Enterprises and Social Entrepreneurship, while strengthening social enterprises across Northern Ontario.

“Community and economic development professionals will find the content useful because the concept of solving social problems using business principles has some compelling implications for building their community’s economy and quality of life” says Dr. Maggie Matear, Director of Community Economic Development, for Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

During the two-day event, presentations will focus on the diversity of social enterprises in the north, how social enterprises can demonstrate their social and environmental value to funders and customers, and the successes and challenges of scaling-up in the north.  Resources that BDOs and EDOs may access to support these innovative types of businesses will also be highlighted.

In a session facilitated by the keynote speaker, Danielle Levine, of Danielle Levine Consulting and Dr. Gayle Broad, of NORDIK Institute, participants will have an opportunity to strategize around how Northern Ontario can develop a region-wide support system for social enterprises and entrepreneurs.  “Regional tables will be set-up for networking to create support groups for social enterprises”, says Katie Blunt, Program Coordinator of SEE, the partnership hosting the two-day event.

Funding is always a challenge for social enterprise development, and in response, the event will feature a “Funders Forum” supported by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to help them better network, connect and learn how to better use business resources to start or further implement social enterprises. BDOs, EDOs, and other service providers will engage with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs face-to-face, to help them identify opportunities to expand and enhance the social, environmental and economic benefits to the North.

“In community and economic development, teamwork is a recipe for success,” said Andrew Ross, General Manager of the Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “Education and networking forums like this are a great way to learn from one another while sharing ideas and best practices. We look forward to taking part in the Social Enterprise Roundtable and encourage others to register for the event as soon as possible.”

Registration for the event is still open and may be accessed at the Eventbrite link or email caitlin.wieja@algomau.ca. The SE Round Table is open to everyone and is a great way to learn and network with other social enterprises and their impact they are having in their community.

ABOUT Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE)

Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE), Northern Region Partnership is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and aims to strengthen the network of support for Social Enterprise in Northern Ontario.

NORDIK Institute, together with the Northwest Regional Innovation Centre in Thunder Bay, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation’s Small Business Enterprise Centre, YouLaunch (with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre in Sault Ste. Marie) and PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise in Thunder Bay are partnering to support social enterprise development in Northern Ontario through SEE.