Who: Social Enterprise Alliance
What: Social Enterprise Alliance update and 2015 national conference in Denver
Where: Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St., and other downtown Denver venues
When: September 16-18, 2015
Contact: Anna Upchurch, JVA Consulting; firstname.lastname@example.org; 720.407.8393
Bike Depot to be Featured on Summit15 Tour of Social Enterprises
The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has announced Bike Depot will be among 23 Denver-area social enterprises on one of seven tours available for Summit15 attendees to join.
Founded in 2008, Bike Depot provides local residents with the ability to earn a bike. Bike Depot also welcomes people to work on their bikes in its shop for free and with the help of a trained volunteer.
“Bicycling is a tool that addresses many social challenges, including health and economic opportunity,” Executive Director Ryan Schutz said.
Schutz said when someone gets a bicycle and the confidence to ride and maintain it, he or she has access to new opportunities.
“Many people, when they get a bike, are able to look for work over a larger area than they could when they had to walk or take public transit,” he said. “Bike Depot is more than a bike shop. It is a community hub.”
Said SEA CEO Jim Schorr: “I’m very excited by the tours this year during Summit15. From Bike Depot to urban farms to a newspaper produced by people without homes, the tours will give conference attendees insight into how social enterprises in Denver are making a difference today.”
Summit15 will be held September 16-18 in Denver. SEA expects to host over 500 participants who will hear from about 80 speakers. The SEA Summit provides the opportunity to learn, connect and collaborate with thought leaders in the field.
Social Enterprise Alliance is the champion for social enterprise in the United States. Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice causes. SEA is dedicated to helping social enterprises succeed and draw attention to the sector. Across the United States, SEA has more than 1,000 members and 17 chapters.