Social enterprise workshop focuses on business for good

On Wednesday, October 17, the Business Enterprise Centre is hosting a one-day interactive workshop for entrepreneurs to learn more about running a successful social enterprise. A social enterprise operates like a business but redirects surpluses to social and environmental goals.

The workshop is happening at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., which includes a special screening of the documentary The Social Shift.  The cost for the workshop is $25 and registration can be completed online through Eventbrite or by following a link on www.MadeInGrey.ca.  

“The upcoming workshop will bring thinkers, disrupters and doers together to be informed and inspired,” explained Courtney Miller, manager of the Business Enterprise Centre. “We have great speakers lined up who will help attendees understand what a social enterprise is, why they are important and how they can succeed.”

Workshop attendees will learn from Elly Green of the Social Enterprise Network of Ontario. Green has more than 15 years of experience and is currently working as the program manager for Georgian College’s Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation.

Other featured speakers are Kathy Willis, Executive Director of Huronia Transition Homes and operator of the social enterprise Operation Grow, and Barry Randall of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network.

The day will end with one of the first ever public screenings of The Social Shift, a documentary on business for the common good.

“We’re excited our attendees will be some of the first people to see this documentary that shows how businesses can be a powerful force for good in the world,” said Miller.

A trailer for The Social Shift can be found on www.MadeInGrey.ca. Anyone who is unable to attend the workshop can still attend the screening. Documentary-only tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. The screening will take place at 7:00 p.m.