Meet the PDX Changemakers and experience interactive networking!
We are unique in that we engage everyone in the process; introverts and extroverts leave saying they never enjoyed any meetup or networking event as much.
The only way to find out is to come and have fun actually meeting an amazing diversity of entrepreneurs working on their business. Each person has something to offer and something to ask. Interactions are timed and we move from table to table like speed dating, but for business contacts.
The first thing everyone asks is: What is a Social Entrepreneur?
A Social Entrepreneur is someone who is driven by a passion to make life better for others by starting a business venture (for-profit of or nonprofit). They measure their success both by traditional financial metrics and the social impact the business actually causes.
The purpose of this Meetup is to support anyone with the goal to create, grow or work for a social enterprise or small business in the Portland area. We do this by holding fun, interactive events where we break into small groups and follow a fast-paced and effective process which allows everyone to really get to know each other.
Everyone gets five minutes to share what they can do for others and what they need from others to move forward with their ideas, projects, and businesses. The point is to make what you say very brief and let the others give you feedback and suggestions so you go home armed with a lot of new insights, resources, and connections.
Hundreds of people have attended and after a lot of experimenting and listening to feedback, we changed to a format and it really works! If you have been wanting to come, now is the time. I hope to see you at the next third Thursday Meetup!
We created a separate website to allow us to have more advances features and connect our members to each other based on their primary interests and needs.
Now anyone can attend our Meetup via Eventbrite without being a member of Meetup.com.
We also created a Resources Directory where each of our members can feature themselves or their organizations so the entire membership and the entire Portland community can search for like-minded individuals who want to engage in local social impact activities, find jobs, business partners, investors, marketing and technical support and everything in between.