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Social Ventures: Value-Creation with a Higher Purpose

Wed 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Starting a Business

Come join the SBDC Great Lakes Bay Region and Delta College to inspire your passion! Social Ventures: Value-Creation with a Higher Purpose features author & entrepreneur Rodney J. Walker and a panel of local social entrepreneurs describing their journey to passion and perseverance. Growing up in a violent neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago, Rodney Walker faced tremendous adverse childhood experiences growing up in 12 foster homes. But through perseverance and mentorship, he became highly determined and resilient and went on to graduate from Morehouse College and Yale University. Now, Rodney is a Doctoral student at Harvard University. In this keynote, Rodney speaks to students about the pain and struggles he faced throughout his life that led to him becoming the stronger, more determined, and successful person he is today. Audiences will leave this event with hopeful affirmation and valuable knowledge to understand that one's past does not define their future and they can persevere through anything life throws their way. Agenda: 1:00-2:00 pm – Rodney J. Walker Presents “A New Day One” 2:00-3:00 pm – Panel Discussion Featuring Local Social Entrepreneurs: Aland Stamps, Founder, River Jordan, Inc. – Provider of housing & counseling to young adults aging out of foster care. Eric Alegria, Founder, Old World Farms LLC – Producer of organic, certified-humane pasture-raised poultry. Lisa Workman, Manager, Growing Years Childcare & Preschool – Caring for & educating infants & children with a focus on character-based development. Brandon Strong, Founder, The Great Lakes Market, LLC and Event Masters Limited, LC – Retail incubator for artists & makers and producer of corporate events & non-profit fundraisers. Before, During & After the Speakers' Presentations – Exhibition Hall of entrepreneur services open to all attendees, Featuring Michigan Small Business Development Center Central Michigan University Research Corp. Midland Business Alliance Innovation Center Dow Entrepreneurship Institute Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise Community Advancement Network Incub8 Labs

Speaker(s): Aland Stamps, River Jordan Inc.; Eric Alegria, Old World Farms, LLC; Lisa Workman, Growing Years Childcare & Preschool; Brandon Strong, The Great Lakes Market, LLC and Event Masters Limited, LC; SBDC Consultants and Regional Partners

Co-Sponsor(s): Delta College

Fee: No Cost

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SBDC Great Lakes Bay Regional Office
Delta College H Wing
Delta College Lecture Theater, G160
1961 Delta Road University Center, MI 48710