Live Pitch Guest Speaker: Reverend Julius Walls Jr.

Community Voting is done and The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is on to the next step: The Live Pitch. Five of the social enterprise ideas will move on and present idea to a panel of judges in an exciting Live Pitch on August 8 at 7PM to determine the winner of the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. All are invited to come and be a part of the first annual Live Pitch. It will be an exciting and historic evening. Reverend Julius Walls Jr. will be our guest speaker at the Live Pitch.

Julius Walls Jr. is a dedicated ordained minister, devoted husband, and dutiful father and is known for his preaching, teaching, and speaking. Rev. Walls is the pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, a historical church in Yonkers, NY. Rev. Walls is also the President of Greater Centennial Community Development Corp., which engages in real estate development and management (housing/homeownership), youth programming, and financial empowerment.

Rev. Walls has worked in business, academia, and ministry. He has served as Chief of Staff of Greater Centennial Church, a 6000 member church; CEO of Greyston Bakery, a $7 million social enterprise; Vice President of Operations for Cocoline Chocolate, a $23 million chocolate manufacturing company; and as an adjunct professor at the business graduate schools at New York University and Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He serves on several local and national non-profit and government boards and has co-authored MISSION, INC., The Practitioners Guide to Social Enterprise, 2008. Additionally, he has developed life skills programs, affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities, and performed strategic planning that have lifted individuals, families and organizations higher. In his various roles he has met with Presidents (Clinton and Obama), spoken at multiple universities including several Ivy League, served and serves on corporate, non-profit, and government boards as chair and member at-large. Rev. Walls has built businesses and consulted for others, coached executives, mentored students, and inspired thousands of people to be the best they can be.

In his current role as the president of GCCDC, Walls oversees the strategic and operational direction the 501(c)3, non-profit organization located in the city of Mt. Vernon. The GCCDC was formed in affiliation with Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church to work with underserved individuals and families who reside in Mt. Vernon to assist them achieve economic stability and self-reliance. As he serves as pastor of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, Rev. Walls has participated in the historic 100 year-old church God-led resurgence launching programs that serve the community beyond the Sunday worship service with their after-school program, feeding program, and summer camp vacation bible school—all for free to the community.

We are excited to have Reverend Julius Walls Jr. as our guest speaker for The Great Social Enterprise Pitch!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: Lancaster Transplants

tranJocelyne Park and Diane Richard are the entrepreneurs behind the idea, Lancaster Transplant. Both Park and Richards are not originally from Lancaster, but came up with an idea to enhance both locals and newcomers experience.

transThis idea turned into Lancaster Transplant, which is a community of locals and transplants to Lancaster city with the goal of making people happy. We hope to help build a vibrant community by providing the tools for newcomers and locals to experience Lancaster, by facilitate meaningful relationships in the community, and providing opportunities for individuals to share their values, creative thinking, and experiences to inspire growth in Lancaster. Lancaster Transplant helps to fund community programs, host events and workshops, offers business consultation services and grassroots marketing, partners with community members to plan events, and creates material to support both local and global causes.

Lancaster Transplant was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more, watch their video, or vote for Lancaster Transplant, check out their contest page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/45056-lancaster-transplant-connecting-the-dots#description-tab

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: Behind the Biking Lancaster Idea

bikesChris Caldwell is a long-time resident of Lancaster, PA, Chris has spent a lot of time using a bike to get around the city and he passionately sees bicycling as an alternative transportation option.

With the goal of supporting and helping the bicycle movement in a concrete way, Chris started to look at the community bike shop model and then came of with the idea of implementing that model in Lancaster with The Common Wheel: A Community Bike Center. Common Wheel will work to encourage bicycling in Lancaster city through offering the “Earn a Bike” program for children hoping to get a bicycle, as well as a location for bike education and repairs. Ultimately, Common Wheel’s mission is to get as making people as possible riding bikes.

The Common Wheel was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more, watch their video, or vote for The Common Wheel, check out their contest webpage:

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/45095-the-common-wheel-a-community-bike-center-in-lancaster-pa#description-tab

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: Behind the Record Eraser

eraserMark Walmer is an attorney with 25 years of practicing experience in the criminal justice system. He is extremely aware of the barriers of employment, housing, and education that are created by ‘blemishes’ on an individual’s criminal record.

To help confront this challenge Walmer created Pardon & Expungement Services, LLC and Record Eraser and PaPardon.com to help those who struggle to clear their records due to finances connected with hiring an attorney. This project is to help those who have made mistakes in the past to move on with their lives.

Record Eraser was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more about Roaring Brook Market, the Great Social Enterprise Pitch, or vote, go to:

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44545-support-record-eraser-making-people-more-employable-houseable-and-smart#description-tab

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise: the Ladies behind 2F5L Foodtruck

foodtruckJonelle Renno and Jackie Gerlizki are sisters who hope to further the legacy of their mother, Kathy Anderson who died recently from cancer. Jonelle has spent 12 years working in the legal field and is the President and CEO of Kathy’s Family Services, Inc. Jackie works in education and is the Vice President and COO of Kathy’s Family Services, Inc. Both sisters have the same passion their mother did to not only give, but to encourage others to follow their dreams. They are passionate about serving their community and helping others succeed.

They have combined their vision to develop the idea for The 2F5L foodtruck, which is a ‘Pay What You Can’ food truck where locally grown, affordable, and delicious food is made available to everyone, regardless of what you can or cannot pay. 2F5L will have suggested prices, but customers may also pay under or over that suggested price. Money over the suggested price will then go to pay for meals of those who are unable to pay. The goal is to unite the need with those who are able to help. Two Fish, Five Loaves is not hoping to simply sell food, but start a movement.

2F5L Foodtruck was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more or vote for the Two Fish Five Loaves food truck, check out their crowdfunding page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44960-vote-for-2-loaves-5-fish-a-pay-what-you-can-food-truck

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: Behind the Idea for Lancaster’s own Youth Hostel

lemonHeidi Shirk and Tim Heller both reside in Lancaster, PA. Heidi has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and has lived in Downtown Lancaster for ten years. She is passionate about hospitality and loves to travel. Through both of these passions, Heidi discovered that the best way to experience another culture is to partake in their food, experience their space and fellowship with their people.

Tim Heller returned to his hometown of Lancaster in 2011, after 18 years in Chicago, and since his return, is thrilled with Lancaster’s continued growth. Tim has a B.A. and M.S. with business training and enjoys creating organizational structure. He is passionate about connecting the socio-economic and culturally diverse travelers with our local culture to learn from each other.

Tim and Heidi combined their passions to create the Lemon Drop Inn, which will be Downtown Lancaster’s first youth hostel. The Lemon Drop Inn will offer economical lodging for community-minded travelers in Lancaster, PA. Their mission is to connect travelers to local culture of the city and country-side by creating a place for fun and welcoming community interactions that promotes social exchanges and creates a mutually positive impact. Lemon Drop Inn plans to operate environmentally and socially conscious and sourcing goods locally, to create a cultural exchange in Lancaster for youth, travelers, and the community as a whole. This project is in the beginning stages, but needs community support to make this dream happen, as there are many regulations and other fees to get this project ‘off the ground’.

The Lemon Drop Inn was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more or vote for the Lemon Drop Inn, check out their crowdfunding page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44980-lemon-drop-inn-support-the-first-hostel-in-downtown-lancaster-pa

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: A New Way to Graze

nomadSam Fisher is a long-time resident of Lancaster County. He resides now in Coatsville, PA with his wife and four children. He is passionate about helping people around the world to improve their quality of food and quality of life by developing a way to provide access to healthy, natural, and affordable food.

To fulfill this passion, Sam Fisher developed the Nomadic Animal Grazer—or NAG for short—a 100% solar powered tool that revolutionizes the way animals are raised. NAG is a mobile fencing structure which allows various types of animals to be raised on grass, with minimal fossil fuels, no fences, no buildings, no equipment.

Additional benefits include:

        • There is no footprint, which leaves more available land to graze.
        • We can produce 100% grass-fed dairy products with minimal input.
        • The animals have a secure protected environment from sun, wind, precipitation and predators.
        • Animals can be raised in city vacant land, park land, business parks, median strips or sides of highways.

Nomadic Animal Grazer was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more or to vote for Sam’s social enterprise idea, check out his crowdfunding page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44964-nomadic-animal-grazer#description-tab Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific RocketHub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: The Earthbound Artisan

earthTim Seifarth is a Certified Arborist, Permaculturist, and Landscape Industry certified who resides in Ephrata, PA with his wife and son. He is a drummer and stoneworker who is passionate about nature and being outdoors.

Following is love for nature and the outdoors, Tim Seifarth created Earthbound Artisan, a landscaping and tree care business. His goal is to provide affordable and environmentally-friendly services to homes and businesses, while promoting organic and Holistic practices to create a new perception and appreciation for nature. Every location has endless potential for repairing the environment, storing and recycling energy, and producing medicine and food. Earthbound Artisan will complete every job with methods that fulfill this potential. Additionally, Earthbound Artisan will conduct classes to educate homeowners and business owners how to improve their property or community. Earthbound Artisan is committed to helping each person discover the potential of their own property for an organic and natural space that is both good for the environment and the individual.

Earthbound Artisan was chosen as one of the 10 finalist for the Great Social Enterprise Pitch. To learn more, see Earthbound Artisan’s video, or vote for Earthbound Artisan, check out their crowdfunding page!

Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch: Nancy’s Pitch

whimsyNancy, resident of Lancaster, PA, has been fashion minded since the young age of seven when she discovered the versatility of the color black. Since that time, her love for fashion has grown along with the color palette she utilizes. After much traveling in her youth, Nancy attended Roanoke College for a B.A. in Economics and Art History, and she now lives in Lancaster with her husband Jacob. She remains passionate about fashion as well as social justice.

Following her passions, Nancy developed Whimsy. It promotes healthy lifestyles and leisure for women and empowers them to choose and define that lifestyle by their values and style.

 

Whimsy’s mission is to:

        • Provide employment opportunities and fair wages for at-risk women
        • Financially support organizations assisting women transitioning out of prostitution
        • Sell products that provide an alternative to the culture of female objectification

Whimsy plans to begin as an online Loungewear, Lingerie, and specialty goods store with the potential then to expand their merchandise to include more products produced by social enterprises that provide opportunities to underserved women. Whimsy also hopes to open a store in Lancaster, PA and then in other metro areas in the region. Ultimately, Whimsy hopes to open factories in countries most affected by human trafficking and forced prostitution and working with existing organizations to provide jobs and economic mobility for women who may have no other options.

Whimsy is among the top 10 ideas competing in the Social Enterprise Challenge. To learn more, see Whimsy’s video, or vote for Whimsy, check out their crowdfunding page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44954-whimsy-loungewear-defined-by-your-style-and-values Community Voting is open through the month of July. The top 3 Social Enterprise Ideas will move on the Live Pitch on August 8th. Go to http://www.lancfound.org/pitch to see all the social enterprise ideas and go to their specific rockethub sites to vote for your favorite idea for the Lancaster community!

Social Enterprise Pitch voting under way

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The Great Social Enterprise Pitch has moved to the voting stage.

The “pitch,” a project of Assets Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, aims at helping people start businesses that are both financially sustainable and good for their communities and the environment.

Nine would-be Lancaster entrepreneurs have completed a training program and are promoting their ideas for new businesses on Rockethub, a crowdfunding site.

Through July 27, people can vote by donating money to the projects they like best.

The three ideas that attract the most support — measured by number of people giving money, not the amount of money they donate — will move onto the final round.

So will one project chosen by pitch participants from among their colleagues and one chosen by the program’s sponsors: Assets Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Those five will make presentations at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Fulton Elementary School. The top three ideas will win funding and in-kind donations to help them bring their plans to fruition.

The project kicked off this spring with two brainstorming sessions, which yielded 32 applications.

From those, 10 participants were selected to move forward. One dropped out after that, deciding the timing wasn’t right to launch, organizers said.

Links to the nine participants’ Rockethub pages are available on Assets Lancaster’s Great Social Enterprise Pitch web page.

They are as follows:

• 2 Fish 5 Loaves Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck

• The Common Wheel: A Community Bike Center

• Whimsy

 • Nomadic Animal Grazer

• Earthbound Artisan

• Lemon Drop Inn Youth Hostel

• Roaring Brook Market

• Lancaster Transplant: Connecting the Dots

• Record Eraser: Pardon and Expungement Services