This conference will provide opportunities and resources to Social Enterprises, charities, government organizations, companies wishing to access Social Enterprise models and other interested parties who are looking to make their dreams a reality!
Many commercial enterprises would consider themselves to have social objectives, but commitment to these objectives is motivated by the perception that such commitment will ultimately make the enterprise more financially valuable. Social Enterprises differ in that, inversely, they do not aim to offer any benefit to their investors, except where they believe that doing so will ultimately further their capacity to realize their social and environmental goals.
After the main speaker, the conference will be broken up into two phases. The morning will be presentations of Successful Social Enterprise Models. After lunch our main speaker will shift the focus and participants will be engaged in how to make their own social enterprise a reality. This will include the following:
- Financing – how to find money for your social enterprise
- Matchmaking – finding the skills you need to make your social enterprise successful
- Mentoring – guidance for your social enterprise
Mayor Mike Savage is a skilled team builder, experienced business person and public servant, community volunteer and strong advocate for Halifax Regional Municipality. Mike Savage was elected Mayor of HRM on October 20, 2012.
Who better to advise eager entrepreneurs than Dianne Buckner, the host of CBC TV’s wildly popular Dragons’ Den. She takes audiences through the “entrepreneur’s journey,” from identifying niche markets to the art of the pitch to taking advantage of business trends—while sharing entertaining backstage peaks into life in “The Den.”
The Honourable Graham Steele was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Halifax Fairview in a by-election in 2001 and was re-elected in 2003, 2006 and 2009. He is a lawyer and practiced law, first in private practice, then as General Counsel to the Workers Compensation Board in 1993. He has served as Minister of Finance and Minister of Acadian Affairs.