A Flourishing Business for a Flourishing Fresno

Last week the FPU Center for Community Transformation held its largest-ever social business plan workshop at Bitwise. Three dozen hopeful social entrepreneurs received training from FPU professor and social enterprise guru Andrew Shinn and took steps to seek the peace of their city by learning about social enterprise as a mechanism for sustainable change. Included were FPU students, the dean and faculty from the School of Business and Degree Completion, local entrepreneurs, and current businesses wishing to re-calibrate toward social impact. The youngest participant was in junior high (maybe a future FPU student!) interested in entrepreneurship. Ideas being considered include a reforestation business, a commercial kitchen supporting low income food entrepreneurs, and a host of businesses with a social cause at their heart. CCT program director Carlos Huerta emceed the event, which sets up the Spark Tank Social Enterprise Pitch Fest in November. The CCT seeks to meaningfully connect the university with the communities of the valley, through innovation, in ways that bring shalom.