Tentative dates for 2015 SEA-LA events (last Monday of the month with some exceptions)

March 23, *April 27, May 26, June 22, *July 27, *October 26, December 3  *Denotes Board Meetings

"It's the best party in town on a Monday night!" - Norah Edelstein

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM through March 16, 2015
    Oakland, CA

    Training Social Justice Leaders for Social Entrepreneurship

    There is a really exciting training coming up for social justice leaders who want to venture into the world of social enterprise, earned revenue models and impact investment, or just generally want to understand better how capital works (and impacts our communities for better or worse!).  

    Great for people who:

    -want to explore alternative revenue models/lessen foundation dependency
    -have a specific project in mind (want to start a co-op? build an alternative remittance service? etc)
    -work on economic justice issues and/or see ways the finance impacts the community you work with--for instance, real estate investment funds gentrification, private equity funds destroy job quality, etc.
    -want to learn more about how to use finance as an activist tool--shareholder resolutions, divestment, etc.

    See the attached for more detailed info, but the basics are:

    -March 14-15 in Oakland
    -sliding scale pricing plus scholarships available thanks to Common Counsel
    -registrations capped at 35 to make sure everyone gets individualized support, so reserve your spot early!

    Last year our training was attended by 37 game-changing organization leaders, 90% people of color, across a huge variety of issue areas like the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC),  Arab Cultural and Community Center, Movement Strategy Center, People's Kitchen, TIGRA, Greenlining Institute, etc which made the conversations extra juicy given people touched so many different issue areas.  

    Please take a look at the brief for the institute and let me know:

    (1) whether it would be a good fit for you, or someone within your organization

    (2) anyone else to forward it to (feel free to send this email)

    The training will be facilitated by the fearless Cherine Badawi of Generation Waking Up.

    For more information please reach out to Andrea Armeni, ED of Transform Finance at



  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:59 PM through March 15, 2015
    Online application due

    SBC Industry Achievement Awards


    Reminder for the Judged Awards:
    Applications are due by March 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST for an application processing fee of $60.
    Apply Now!

    Winning Recipients Receive Business Enhancing Prizes.

    Check out the 2015 Award Guidelines.

    Apply Today for One, Several or All of the Judged 2015 SBC Industry Achievement Awards.
    The applications are available online at these links:

    SBC's Sustainable Seedling Small Business Award (Revenue under $100,000)
    Examples of 2014 Judges:
    Judge: Andy Funk, Impact Investor, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Robert Arbour, President, Triple Net Equities, Inc.-confirmed 2015
    Judge: James Brandt, Angel Investor
    Judge: Kwiri Yang , Chief Sustainability Officer Company, Eco520 Inc-confirmed 2015

    SBC's Sustainable Small Business Award (Revenue between $100,000-$1 Million Dollars)
    Examples of 2014 Judges
    Judge: Jan Perry, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce
    Development Department
    Judge: Zhena Muzyka, Publisher-Enliven Books, the Newest Imprint of Atria/Simon & Schuster;
    Host-CBS Radio Podcast/Change Maker; Founder of Zhena's Gypsy Tea-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Ronen Olshansky, Co-Founder and CEO, Cross Campus
    SBC's Sustainable Business Award (Revenue over $1 Million Dollars)
    Examples of 2014 Judges
    Judge: Anil Tammineedi, Principal, Angeleno Group-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Fred H. Walti II, Executive Director, LACLEANTECH Incubator
    Judge: John Onderdonk, Director, Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology
    Judge: Dean Kubani, Director, City of Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability and the Environment-confirmed 2015
    SBC's B Corp Award
    Examples of 2014 Judges:
    Judge: Jeff Mendelsohn, Founder and Chair, New Leaf Paper
    Judge: Rhiannon Bailard, Associate Vice President, Center for Sustainability, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs and Founding Director of the Center of Sustainability, Pepperdine University
    Judge: Andy Fyfe, Community Development, B Lab-confirmed 2015

    SBC's Best Public Advocate for Sustainability Award
    Examples of 2014 Judges:
    Judge: Susan Frank, Executive VP & COO, The Better World Group-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Carl Bressler, Strategic Advisor, Actor, Investor, B Corp-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Matt Kiene, President, Homemade harvey
    Judge: Ruben Aronin, Vice President, Outreach & Communications, Better World Group

    SBC's People's Choice Award: Sustainable Restaurant
    Examples of 2014 Judges
    Judge: Evan Kleiman, Host, Good Food, KCRW
    Judge: Jared Koch, Founder and CEO, Clean Plates
    Judge: Moe Fakih, Director of Sustainability, VCA-Green-confirmed 2015
    Judge: Robin Shank, Sustainability Circle Coach, True Market Solutions-confirmed 2015

    Save the Date.
    The Fourth Annual SBC Industry Achievement awards provide an opportunity to salute sustainable professionals' contributions to the marketplace and the community. The preeminent business leaders from around Southern California are slated to attend the Fourth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards event at the Lexus Santa Monica showroom on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

  • Friday, March 20, 2015 at 06:30 PM

    Live Work Play [HAPPY] in LA

    Celebrate the 1st Official Day of Happiness in LA


    Support the Day of Happiness in LA Thunderclap Campaign "On this Day of Happiness in LA, create a vine video "My name is...Happy City LA is..." and share it! #HappyCityLA2015

    To reduce your wait time in line for the event, pre-register for a Fast Pass!                                                                                                               

  • Monday, March 23, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    CRCD Enterprises in Los Angeles, CA

    Building a Better Future: Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises Site Visit


    Want to check out a successful social enterprise that is making a big impact and generating revenue?

    Here's your chance! 

    CRCD Enterprises is a social enterprise that provides facilities maintenance and painting services, while training and providing job opportunities for youth. They are beautifying the neighborhood, fostering community, and providing jobs for youth in the Vernon-Central area--and they want to share how they're making this all happen with you!

    Come join us on Monday, March 23, at 6 PM to learn about their business, the programs, and the employment supports, as well as see their enterprise headquarters.

    The event is hosted by CRCD Enterprises and CRCD with a brief introduction from REDF.

    $10 for Non-members

    Free for SEA Members

    Please reserve your ticket here





  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 09:00 AM through September 19, 2015

    SEA Summit 15 - Denver


    Summit 15 goes to Denver!

    The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has announced that its 2015 annual Summit will be held in Denver next September 16-18.

    Denver brings a lot to the table for the Social Enterprise Alliance,” said Kevin Lynch, President & CEO of SEA.  “The combination of several universities with strong social enterprise programs, the city’s popularity with Millennials, and the fact that Denver is itself home to many strong social enterprises makes Denver the perfect location for the national conference.”

    SEA’s Denver Chapter will serve as Host for Summit15.  The Host Committe is led by Tamra Ryan, CEO of The Women’s Bean Project , Janine Vanderburg, President and CEO of JVA Consulting, and Catherine Henry, Executive Director of Work Options for Women.  All three women run successful social enterprises.
    Other important social enterprises calling Colorado home include AspenPointe, VSA Access Gallery, Blue Star Recyclers, SAME (So All May Eat) Café, ARC Thrift Stores and Hope Tank, among many others.

    Lynch said Denver is the perfect city for Summit15, as the very things that attract Millennials to Denver — a vibrant downtown, a transportation infrastructure that makes it easy to get around without a car, and many socially conscious businesses–also make it attractive to Summit attendees including SEA members and others interested in developing or expanding social enterprises.

    “We’re very excited about coming to Denver,” Lynch said. “I know that working with this vibrant SEA Chapter market, we will develop our most compelling Summit yet. Combine that with the natural draw of Denver and the Rocky Mountains and we expect record attendance.”




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