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First Appalachian Social Enterprise Conference a Spark For Local Innovators


By Megan Archer/Marshall University Communications

The Marshall University Entrepreneurship program and the Lewis College of Business are hosting the first Appalachian Conference on Social Enterprise (ACOSE) Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18.

Community leaders will come together at Marshall to explore the power of social enterprise, according to Dr. Jonathan Butler, assistant professor of entrepreneurship for the college.

“Create innovative opportunities to help people both here in Appalachia and around the world.”

“Marshall’s new entrepreneurship area is delighted to partner with ARC, One Foundation, Rural Action, and others who are interested in social entrepreneurship and working to create innovative opportunities to help people both here in Appalachia and around the world,” Butler said. “The new major in entrepreneurship emphasizes social entrepreneurship as one way to revitalize West Virginia and the surrounding region. Hopefully, this conference will spark student innovation and provide an impetus for a new cohort of social entrepreneurs from Marshall.”

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In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference kick-start tour led by Generation West Virginia from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. The tour, which is limited to 25 people, will take place in Huntington and visit three local social enterprises including West Edge Factory, Wild Ramp and Huntington’s Kitchen. The cost for the tour is $25.

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This entry was posted on July 27, 2016 by in Creative Entrepreneurship, Innovation in West Virginia, Uncategorized.
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