Social Entrepreneurship (SOCENT) Summit

Corporate social responsibility is the future of business in Arizona.

From printing companies that are employee owned, to restaurants that are striving toward zero waste, to bookstores that advocate for issues they believe in and farms that are embracing sustainability, there are countless ways that local businesses are solving problems in our state and are setting good examples for other business owners. The SOCENT (Social Entrepreneurship) Summit will be a day to hear directly from Arizona entrepreneurs about how and why they decided to create change. You'll hear from local business owners who will discuss how operating in a socially responsible matter makes them stand out in their industry. Breakout sessions will focus on how to measure the impact your business is making, how to improve it and how to engage employees and citizens with your company.

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Keynote Speaker

PAUL SAGINAW, Co-Founding Partner and Chief Spiritual Officer of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Keynote speaker Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s Delicatessen, will share how this 35 year old business has grown from a small deli to a multi-enterprise operation with a creamery, bake house, coffee house, candy "manufactory" and mail-order concept. When Paul opened Zingerman's with partner Ari Weinzweig in 1982, he did so believing that business can be a powerful tool for positive social change. Zingerman’s today is a community of ten unique businesses, linked by the Zingerman’s brand and guiding principles, and incubated under Zingerman’s entrepreneurial umbrella. From his grandfather Paul learned the thrill of risk-taking in business and the accompanying privileges and responsibilities. He relishes the potential good that can be accomplished with 21 partners and over 725 employed individuals. He feels joyful for the opportunity to mentor others in business, offer financial literacy to all Zingerman’s staff, and continue to raise wages. In his mind success has come despite his limited natural talent and ability because he believes that the only real limits are those of vision.


Why attend?

As consumers seek out companies whose impact is transparent and aligned with their beliefs, there is much to be gained by your business incorporating elements of social responsibility into your business. It’s a way to increase credibility and trust in your brand, create an engaged workforce and attract employees, generate press, attract investors and funders and stand out as a role model in the community. Social responsibility is something that every business can incorporate, and small steps can make a big impact. Join us at SOCENT Summit to learn how.

Who should attend?

Business Owners & Staff: Businesses of all industries, large and small will find the content relevant. Whether your business has been incorporating elements of social responsibility for years, or it is just beginning to think about ways to operate with people, planet and profit in mind, you will leave the Summit with new ideas and inspirations from fellow entrepreneurs. Owners, HR professionals, managers and key staff of your business are encouraged to attend.

Investors: Investing in socially responsible companies that produce value for stakeholders have the potential to result in strong financial returns. Meet Arizona companies that are doing great things in the state.

Economic Development professionals, City employees and elected officials: What does a community of socially responsible business owners look like for your city or town? Learn from our panelists how their businesses create a strong, positive presence in the regions they operate in.

Nonprofits: Social responsibility is not just for for-profit companies! Nonprofits exist to solve problems in our communities and can further their impact by implementing new ideas into their operations and telling their stories.