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Mar12

Eleven Local Social Ventures Selected to Participate in SEG’s 2020 Impact Accelerator

Providence, R.I. (March 11, 2020) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) announced today that 11 local social ventures have been chosen to participate in its 2020 Impact Accelerator program. The Impact Accelerator offers an industry-tailored curriculum, customized face-to-face instruction, peer learning, and access to a network of industry experts in addition to the entire SEG Advisor[…..]

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Feb19

Eight Local RI Food Ventures Selected to Participate in SEG’s 2020 Food Accelerator

Providence, R.I. (February 18, 2020) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) announced today that eight social ventures from Rhode Island are participating in its 2020 Food Accelerator program. The Food Accelerator offers an industry-tailored curriculum and advising, customized face-to-face instruction, peer learning, and access to a network of industry experts in addition to the entire SEG[…..]

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Jan27

SEG Volunteer Appreciation 2020

Social Enterprise Greenhouse CEO Kelly Ramirez always says that SEG’s volunteers are our secret sauce, and she is so right! We love our wise, skilled, and dedicated volunteers and were thrilled to honor them at our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event on January 23.

As always, the SEG Hub filled up fast with people, food, drinks, music, and the buzz of great conversation about social enterprise. During the speaking program, we recognized four SEG volunteers in particular who have provided extraordinary service to our social entrepreneurs over the years: Tim Burditt, Colin Murphy, Kathleen Bellicchi of Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti, and Peter Hahn. The crowd was treated to moving testimonials about each one of these inspiring individuals from SEG board member Lorne Adrain, Ari Mannan of Boswell, Jennifer Brine of ANeufit, and Eliza Squibb of ZTwist Design. (See Colin, Kathleen, and Peter pictured above.)

We thank our 2020 volunteer honorees, and all the skilled business professionals in our network, for helping to build a strong and sustainable social impact ecosystem in Rhode Island. None of this would happen without you!

Jan08

El Latino Policy Institute y Social Enterprise Greenhouse presenta: Un panel de equidad económica

martes 28 de enero 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Navigant Credit Union 693 Broad Street, Central Falls, Rhode Island 02863 Únase al Latino Policy Institute y Social Enterprise Greenhouse para una discusión sobre la salud, la educación y sus impactos en los emprendedores y la movilidad económica. También hablaremos sobre algunas tendencias, soluciones y recursos[…..]

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Jan02

Lily’s Ladle: That Bone Broth Moment

It was the deep, dark, snowy winter of 2015 when Lily Scott was introduced to the healing properties of bone broth. She and her husband and both of their kids were sick with colds, and her son, who was only three months old at the time, contracted a dangerous virus that made it difficult for[…..]

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Dec27

Social Enterprise Greenhouse Expands Its Incubator Program to Central Falls and Newport in 2020, Invites Entrepreneurs to Apply

Providence, R.I. (December 23, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) is expanding its Incubator program to Central Falls and Newport in 2020. Local entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business or nonprofit venture that will create positive social impact and be financially sustainable are encouraged to apply. Applications for both programs are due on[…..]

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Dec20

RI Boat Recycling Project Benefits from SEG Huddle

Evan Ridley from the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) has tackled a huge problem. As project manager for RIMTA’s Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project, he’s working on a solution to reduce the mountains of end-of-life fiberglass boats buried in landfills. What started as a research project for Rhode Island Sea Grant, which he undertook[…..]

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Dec16

How We Bought with Heart

Thanks so much to the wonderful vendors in our 2019 Buy with Heart Marketplace, who brought a colorful array of festive popups to the SEG Hub on Fri Dec 6. Lots of people stopped in to sample their wares and learn about their services. It was a one-stop shop for social impact! Our featured vendors were:

Equal Exchange: Offers organic and fairly traded packages of coffee, tea, chocolate bars, cocoa, olive oil and snacks.

Giving Beyond the Box: Curates gift boxes with products that make social impact, including Rhode Island’s Little Box of Hope and the Holiday Box of Hope.

Green Tenderfoot: Advocates a zero-waste lifestyle through popup refill stations for bath, body, and cleaning products.

Harvest Kitchen: Provides youth trainees with culinary job skills and produces a line of jarred products using surplus produce sourced from local farms.

Impact Everything: The nation’s first brick and mortar social enterprise store, located on Thayer Street in Providence. Carries beautiful clothing, jewelry, and household goods that all have a vetted social mission.

Jessica Ricci Jewelry: Creates hand-crafted jewelry that, through a partnership with Amos House, employs women working to improve their lives.

mewenutrition: Makes nutrition bars for babies, kids, and adults and donates 100% of profits back to Edesia, a leading manufacturer of life-saving foods for severely malnourished children.

Riverzedge Arts: Provides design services, cards, clothing, and other gift products that are all developed by Woonsocket youth.

Sanctuary Herbs of Providence: Offers delicious teas and other herbal products that employ immigrant and refugee farmers.

Shri Yoga: Makes delicious nut-free snacks, which help fund more than 100 free classes every month.

THE ART OF FATE: Curates beautiful clothing, accessories, and homegoods, all created by womxn highlighted in this one-of-a-kind online marketplace.

Tomaquag Museum: Offers Native American jewelry, art, and books whose sales go to help eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community of Rhode Island through education, cultural competency, job training, and employment.

Thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island for adding a dropoff station where people could donate clothing and small household items. And thanks to our major sponsors, SupplyRI and Giving Beyond the Box.

Dec06

Congrats to the Graduates of Our 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator!

Pitch night at Social Enterprise Greenhouse is always a festive occasion. Starting at around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, our coworking space filled up with people and anticipation as the 12 social ventures graduating from our 2019 Health & Wellness Accelerator prepared to deliver their pitches. Great food and drink, great conversation, and a[…..]

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Nov19

What Cheer Flower Farm: Because Everyone Deserves a Bouquet

Shelby Doggett always knew she wanted to be a farmer. Growing up in Rhode Island as a member of a family involved in horticulture and agriculture for five generations, it was in her blood. What Cheer Flower Farm, a venture she cofounded, gives free flowers to people in need. The farm, located in the Olneyville[…..]

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