Denver, CO, November 21, 2012 - Socially and environmentally minded entrepreneurs will gather to demonstrate how they plan to build Denver businesses focused on community and sustainability at the Greater Good Academy’s (GGA) showcase on November 26, 2012. The event, held from 5:30-7:45 p.m. at Mi Casa Resource Center (360 Acoma St., Denver, CO 80223), will showcase these emerging small business ventures and feature a discussion on business ethics and social responsibility.
The goal of the GGA program is to give low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs the training and financial support they need to develop ideas into profitable business plans. During an eight-week class, students develop “triple bottom line” business plans – plans that have community, sustainability and profit at their core.
Four of the Academy’s most recent graduates will present their business plans at the showcase. The event will feature: Tim Brauhn, Denver Seitan Company, (a line of delicious, healthy ‘fake meat’ vegan foods); Francine Lomiller & Kim Roth, Schoolyard Crop, (reconnecting students to nature and agriculture through a hands-on edible garden and curriculum program); Mike Pachan, SolCharged, (a veggie oil powered, vending truck using solar technology to provide power for mobile devices); and Destiny Faithe, Colorado Pure Essentials, (a line of handcrafted natural soaps and personal care products).
The Showcase will also include Michael Ditchfield, owner of Jing, and Tammy Cunningham will present the ‘Cunningham Award’ to one Greater Good Academy (GGA) entrepreneurs in food-related businesses who exemplify the philanthropic contributions and communitarian ideals of Noel Cunningham, String's Restaurant.
During the GGA, each entrepreneur completes a business plan that defines the company’s mission, operations, marketing, pricing and related growth strategies. The plan also describes how the business will integrate environmental and social elements into its overall business strategy.
“Businesses that care for the environment and quality of life in their community are more likely to become successful,” said Richard Eidlin, Founder and CEO of The Progress Group. “The Greater Good Academy program helps entrepreneurs implement sustainable and triple bottom line business thinking and practices to become more profitable.”
GGA also provides its students with meaningful business relationships by connecting the entrepreneurs with key people in the economic development, angel capital and socially responsible business world. Through these networking opportunities, the GGA program aims to equip its participants with the tools they need to take action and contribute to the Denver community.
“This event gives attendees the chance not only to meet these entrepreneurs, but also to learn more about the importance of business ethics and the benefits of socially responsible practices,” Eidlin said.
The GGA showcase is open to the general public. Registration is $15 for private companies, nonprofits, government and $10 for Greater Good Academy Alumni and students. Supporting organizations for the event include Accion, the Denver Office of Economic Development, the Colorado Enterprise Fund, Colorado Lending Source, Johnson and Wales University, Mi Casa Resource Center, Accion, Mile High Business Alliance and UMB Bank.
For more information, email Richard@greatergoodacademy.org. To register, visit: http://proggroup.com/greater-good-academy/showcase.html
About The Greater Good Academy
The Greater Good Academy provides civic-minded entrepreneurs from under-served communities with the resources they need to succeed and “scale” their ventures. GGA accomplishes this by providing students with mentors and connecting them with business partners in the community. The GGA helps to strengthen local communities, incubate green businesses and increase economic self-sufficiency.
The Greater Good Academy