Providence, R.I. (August 20, 2019) – Social Enterprise Greenhouse will host a Welcome Launch to celebrate the official start of its programs for social entrepreneurs in Pawtucket and Central Falls. The event will be held at Still on Main (250 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860) on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will feature a program of guest speakers and highlight the business development services Social Enterprise Greenhouse provides to entrepreneurs whose mission is to positively impact their communities. All are welcome.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse is growing its services in Pawtucket and Central Falls as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency. The goal of the initiative is to provide more businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly those in designated Opportunity Zones, with access to the resources of Rhode Island’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The event will also introduce Jessica Vega as Pawtucket/Central Falls Program Director for Social Enterprise Greenhouse. Vega’s main responsibility is to develop and implement programming for social entrepreneurs in the Pawtucket and Central Falls communities. A strong advocate for youth and families, Vega brings a wealth of experience working with leaders and stakeholders to support and empower both communities. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College and an M.A. in Community Development from Roger Williams University. She also serves on the City Council of Central Falls and is Chair of the Juvenile Hearing Board in Central Falls.
“We are delighted to announce that Jessica has joined us as our Pawtucket/Central Falls program director,” said Kelly Ramirez, CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse. “Her commitment to community engagement and ability to discover and nurture people’s unique strengths will help us unlock more entrepreneurial potential across Rhode Island and grow a more just and inclusive economy.”
Speakers at the Welcome Launch will include:
- Kelly Ramirez, CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse
- Jessica Vega, Pawtucket/Central Falls Program Director, Social Enterprise Greenhouse
- Mel Moore & Leslie Moore, Co-owners, Still on Main
- Sonia Gomes, Founder, Center for Integrated Therapies and Healing
- Karen Mejias, Founder, Mindful Maia
This event is free and open to the public. To register, please visit www.bit.ly/welcomeSEG.
About Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts across Rhode Island by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the business tools and networks they need to thrive. We operate statewide out of three programming sites in Providence, Newport, and Pawtucket/Central Falls. Our network of 400+ enterprises and 300+ business and community leaders contributes time, expertise, and funding to grow Rhode Island’s social impact ecosystem. We promote a culture of equity and inclusion within our network, across our programs, and throughout our ecosystem. To learn more, visit www.segreenhouse.org.