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Miami Dade College Launches Social Entrepreneurship Academy in Partnership with Miami Social Enterprises

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Miami, December 20, 2012 - Miami, Dec. 20, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will launch a new Social Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) in the new year, which will teach people how to start a B Corporation, how to market a “green” business or how to embrace a lifestyle that values sustainability and social responsibility, among other offerings.

An Open House will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the InterAmerican Campus, where prospective students can meet instructors and partnering organizations.

The academy will offer non-credit classes through the School of Continuing Education and Professional Development, at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus. In addition to offering training in social entrepreneurship, social enterprises and socially responsible lifestyles and careers, SEA will offer students other benefits through its partnership with local social entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

Through SEA’s partnership with local entrepreneurs, students also access benefits, such as:

  • Networking events with other students and local business owners and leaders in social enterprises and social entrepreneurship;
  • Complimentary admission to a speaker series featuring local and national social entrepreneurs and held at various Miami venues;
  • Internship and apprenticeship opportunities with related businesses, organizations and enterprises;
  • Potential opportunity to pair with long-term mentors;
  • An invitation to a business plan competition (awards will include free office space);
  • Online profiles of graduates and their projects on a website created by SEA partners;
  • Opportunities to connect with potential partners and investors in social ventures.

Classes for January include:

  • Creating Your Livelihood: Planning a Career That Makes a Difference

Students will participate in a step-by-step process to identify their gifts, clarify their dreams, and discover opportunities.

  • Start a Socially Responsible/Green Business

Students will learn the basics of starting different types of businesses like B-Corporations, “natural enterprises,” employee-owned firms and cooperatives; types of socially responsible businesses; and ways to keep a socially responsible business sustainable.

  • Green & Socially Responsible Living 101

Students will learn how to lower their carbon footprint while saving money by tweaking their consumer habits and daily routines and by building community awareness about sustainability.

  • Greening Your Small/Medium-Sized Business (and Saving $)

Students will learn how to improve their business’s performance and achieve operational cost savings by incorporating sustainable practices in its operations. They will learn where to find green suppliers or green-conscious vendors, ways they can green their space, how to incorporate a set of reduce/ reuse/recycle values into operations and other strategies that can save them money while helping them do good.

  • Marketing Your Green/Socially Responsible Business

Students will techniques for getting the word out about their green/socially responsible venture, reaching the customers who want to support their values and their business.

  • Power of Persuasion: Behavior Change Theory for Green Businesses, Advocacy, Parenting
    This class will help students understand how to effectively reach their audience and attain their eco-goals. Behavior change models, largely used in the field of public health, will be applied to the environmental movement to teach students how they can find common ground amidst drastically different perspectives on an issue.

Future classes include Socially Responsible Investing, Affordable Housing Development and Tactical Urbanism, among others. The cost for each class is $235.

Instructors at the academy include Corinna Moebius of People Place Connect, LLC., and co-founder of the Little Havana Merchant Alliance; Karja Hansen, founder of the co-working/co-trade/co-educational space {Barrio} Workshop; Sonia Succar Ferre, principal at Sustain Ventures and former environmental liaison for Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives; and Julia Onnie-Hay, a certified holistic health educator at Earth ‘N Us Farm (a sustainable farm in Little Haiti).

WHAT: Social Entrepreneurship Academy Open House

WHEN:             Monday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m.

WHERE:           MDC InterAmerican Campus
627 SW 27 Ave., Rm 401

For more information about classes, contact Karina Johnson at 305-237-6587 or kjohnso6@mdc.edu. For information regarding all other aspects of SEA beyond the classes themselves, contact Corinna Moebius at 786-564-2662.

Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Tere Estorino Florin, director of media relations, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu; Kai Hill, khill1@mdc.edu, 305-979-3359, or Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu.

Social Entrepreneurship Academy Open House

  • WHEN: Monday, Jan. 7, 6:00 PM - Saturday, Jan. 7, 6:02 PM
  • WHERE: MDC InterAmerican Campus 627 SW 27 Ave., Rm 401

For more information about classes, contact Karina Johnson at 305-237-6587 or kjohnso6@mdc.edu. For information regarding all other aspects of SEA beyond the classes themselves, contact Corinna Moebius at 786-564-2662.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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