Register for Social Venture Institute for Triple Bottom Line Entrepreneurs

For more than 10 years, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia has offered a unique opportunity for businesses to gain a competitive advantage while creating positive social and environmental impact on their communities.

The 11th annual Social Venture Institute (SVI) will take place Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at The Hub Cira Center located at 2929 Arch St. in Philadelphia. Emerging, established, and budding entrepreneurs are invited to register for this intensive two-day conference dedicated to the “Triple Bottom Line” business model. Focused on people, planet, and profit, this business model encourages entrepreneurs to create wealth through environmental responsibility and positive social impact in their communities.

The conference provides a nationally tested opportunity for successful business people to share their knowledge, experience, and insights with emerging entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region. Over the past decade, more than 2,000 entrepreneurs have been trained through SVI.

Attendees will engage in networking activities and exercises, explore business challenges during dedicated breakout sessions, weigh in on real-life challenges of featured case studies, connect with vendors and resources at the business expo, and hear the trials and triumphs of local and national successful entrepreneurs during the True Confessions sessions.

SVI attracts an incredibly diverse audience, as measured by background, industry, and stage of growth. Thanks to generous support from The Prudential Foundation, 80 scholarships are available for minority-owned businesses to attend SVI at a reduced rate of $75 ($150 off the regular registration).

SVI is a unique opportunity to meet new investors, business mentors, suppliers, and clients. Both Triple Bottom Line veterans and those who just started their sustainability journey will gain something valuable from SVI.

SVI 2013 Highlights

  • True Confession Speakers: Enlightening talks by successful social entrepreneurs who will share their stories and expert advice. Featured speakers include Michael Pearson, of Union Packaging, and Judy Wicks, author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business.
  • NEW! Marketing Breakout Sessions: Choose from four marketing breakout sessions: Marketing 101: Beginner’s Overview; How to Sell Your Brand: The Power of Messaging; Social Media: Which Medium Is Right for You?; and Adwords/Organic SEO Workshop.
  • NEW! Business Resource Expo: During this year’s Friday night reception, exhibitors and sponsors will offer information and resources from banks, service-based organizations, and more
  • Coaching and Mentoring Sessions: Sign up for a slot with a professional coach and get one-on-one business advice
  • NEW! Social Media Help Desk: Stop by the help desk to sign up for a Twitter account, get messaging tips, and learn how to increase your followers
  • Breakout Sessions: Offered each afternoon of SVI. including “Applied Strategies to Business Challenges” with Philadelphia University

Learn more about SVI and scholarship opportunities and register online.


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