The first thing everyone asks is: What is a Social Entrepreneur?
A Social Entrepreneur is someone who is driven by a passion to make life better for others by starting a business venture (for-profit of or nonprofit) that measures success both by traditional financial metrics and another equally important metric which is the social impact the business actually causes.
The purpose of this Meetup is to support anyone with the goal to create, grow or work for a social enterprise or small business in the Portland area. We primarily do this by holding fun, interactive events where we break into small groups and follow a fast paced but effective process which allows everyone to really get to know at least eight to ten of the attendees.
Everyone gets five minutes to share what they can do for others and what they need from others to move forward with their ideas, projects, and businesses. The point is to make what you say very brief and let the others give you feedback and suggestions so you go home armed with a lot of new insights, resources, and connections.
Hundreds of people have attended and after a lot of experimenting and listening to feedback, we changed to a format and it really works! If you have been wanting to come, now is the time. I hope to see you at the next third Thursday Meetup!