Women Bring Social Consciousness Marketplace
FRANCISCO - It's National Women in Small Business Month. More than 10 million
U.S. businesses are owned by women, and many are trying to ensure that social
consciousness is part of their endeavor.
Levine, co-founder of Lotus Foods, is one such entrepreneuse. Eighteen years
ago, her mission was to promote more sustainable rice production, with market
incentives to farmers that preserve the biodiversity in their rice crops. She's
found support from the Social Venture Network, a nonprofit that helps
businesses address environmental and social issues.
a pretty bold undertaking, but you really believe that you can do this,"
Levine said. "You have the passion and the commitment and, with the
support of the SVN community and investors, you actually can do that."
number of women- and minority-owned businesses that are Social Venture Network
members has doubled since the 1980s. Lotus Foods is a "triple bottom
line" business, meaning it focuses equally on profit, people and the
planet. This month, Social Venture Network launched a "crowd-funding"
campaign to raise at least $25,000, to help more women- and minority-owned
"triple B" businesses get the support they need to be successful.
are more than 3 million minority-owned businesses. Emerge Financial Wellness is
a minority-led business, and co-owner Mario Avila is Mexican-American. The
company's workplace-based financial wellness program helps people plan sound
said the assistance he's received from Social Venture Network has filled an
important gap for him.
where I think the biggest challenge for minority entrepreneurs is, the lack of
entrepreneurs or investors in the field that look like you and think like
you," he said.
Levine says many of the farms she works with around the world are owned by
women. She believes her company can help build income for them, by growing rice
in an environmentally-responsible way.
we believe at Lotus foods is that actually, through our partnership in fair
trade and creating global markets for these amazing, healthy and
delicious-tasting rices, that we can really lift all ships."
participate in the SVN Triple the Triple Bottom Line "Indiegogo"
campaign, log onto SVN.org. SVN's Fall Conference takes place in Baltimore,
information on Lotus Foods is at LotusFoods.com. More information on Emerge
Financial Wellness at EmergeBenefit.com. More information on the Indiegogo
Campaign is at Indiegogo.com.
provided on behalf of Social Venture Network. Contact: Erin Roach,
415.561.6501, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.svn.org