North Texas Social Enterprise University 2018 : Changing the World for the Common Good

How to start, manage and grow your business

Join us at The Network Bar in Trinity Grove Dallas f

for a comprehensive boot camp on how to build a business venture through social enterprise. Participants will leave with potential business ideas and the fundamental tools and tactics to effectively get their social enterprise business off the ground.

Come to one or all: each session builds on the next to integrate a plan of action to effectively attain profitability and sustainability.

Take Advantage of our Early Registration (by October 1):
$185 for entire course curriculum (6 sessions) and happy hour’s on us. Individual sessions $ 50.
Sessions include handouts and a networking happy hour with your first beverage on us. Once early bird closes, the full university goes to $250.


October 18

1 p.m.: Kickoff and registration

1:30 – 5 p.m.: Starting Your Social Enterprise Business… A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way

Instructor: Niki McCuistion: Co Author: The Nonprofit Guide To Social Enterprise: Show Me the Unrestricted Money, Managing Director: The McCuistion Group

A hands on primer on what it takes to establish a social enterprise. This session defines the various types of social enterprises and the success steps to starting and funding one. It identifies the questions that must be addressed prior to embarking on a social enterprise so there are no surprises! Participants will learn the tools to improve revenue diversity and increase program sustainability through unrestricted renewable revenue by leveraging their business assets.

5:15 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


November 1

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: How to Develop a Business Plan

Instructor: Vin Hoey: Managing Director of Strategic4sight, Inc

To be successful, a social enterprise should be managed and operated like a business, even when positioned as a nonprofit. So, based on entrepreneurship and business principles, this session will help you start your first Business Plan:

  1. To set goals, a blueprint to achieve them, and plan start-up and growth.
  2. Provide a platform to gain resources.
  3. Communicate among those involved in the venture.

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


November 8

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Strategies for Sales and Marketing.

Instructor: Ann Ranson- President: Bottom Line 3 Marketing

Marketing and sales is part of the social venture process. Identifying who your target market is, who’s your competition, what are the current trends that will impact your ideas, and doing your market research is a critical step to successful achievement of your mission. You will learn the essential steps to building a comprehensive and strategic marketing and sales plan that will help you meet your social enterprise goals.

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


November 29

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: The Legal Side of a Social Enterprise Business Venture

Instructor: Erin McClarty Principal-Erin McClarty, PLLC

This session explores why social enterprise is a viable alternative, which structure may be best for your organization’s needs, the professional partnerships that may be needed, explains unrelated business income tax, and how to apply the social enterprise litmus test.

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


December 6

1:30-4:30 PM : Basic Business Financials

Instructor: Larry Nelson – Certified Mentor, SCORE

Profit does not equal cash. This session focuses on what any business must do to do stay in business and make a profit! You’ll leave more financial savvy, with a better understanding of what gross, net, profits, cash flow, working capital, P&L and all that means to more effectively manage your revenue.

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


December 13

2 – 4:30 p.m.: Telling Your Business’ Unique Story

Instructor:Ann Margolin – Coach and Consultant

Your story needs to be part of your business plan. Stories bring information to life. Are you telling your story in a way that intrigues potential investors and customers and moves them to do business with you? In this session, you’ll learn how to share your story to connect, inspire and compel people to action.

5 p.m.: Happy Hour Networker


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Thanks to our sponsors for supporting Social Enterprise University 2018.

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