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for Non-Profit Innovation and Social Enterprises

4 consecutive Sundays: September 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th from 2pm-4pm
at Jacoby Arts Center (627 E. Broadway, Alton, Illinois 62002)

As the Small Business Revolution continues to spread across Madison County, please join Alton Main Street,
Chris Miller for County Treasurer, and his new Alton RISING, for a free workshop series focused on helping “social” entrepreneurs and innovative nonprofits test and refine new approaches to generate revenue for their missions, as well as provide a space for existing nonprofits to explore opportunities for new programs, products, or services. The four-week bootcamp will be led by two serial entrepreneurs, Chris Miller and Alice Layton, both of whom also serve as professors of entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

social enterprise is a revenue-generating business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to deliver profit to shareholders and owners.



Earlier in 2018, we hosted two fun, fast paced elevator pitch competitions / networking events featuring the best and brightest entrepreneurs and small business owners!

Congratulations to the winners of the August Pitch Fest for Non-Profits & Social Enterprise:
The third place winner was Jaquisha Brumfield who is launching a coaching and consulting Safe Haven for those that need a safe place to help them be encouraged or empowered with the tools they need to reach their desired life goals. 

The second place prize went to Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann for "Faces Not Forgotten", a project that memorializes children who have died as victims of gun violence through painted portraits - www.facesnotforgotten.com/

First prize was awarded to Maggie Partipilo from the Junior League of Greater Alton, for their new "Junior League Locker" program, which will work with local school counselors to find students in need of clothing and shoes for school and/or job opportunities and purchase new items for those purposes. 

Congratulations to the winners of the July Pitch Fest for Startups and Entrepreneurs:
The third place winner was Chris Harris who is planning to bring a roller skating rink to Alton; he is also President of the Alton Area Black Chamber of Commerce.

The second place prize went to Patrick Davis who builds and installs custom lighting for automobiles and would like to expand into working directly with car dealerships.

First prize was awarded to Shannon Briggs and Stephanie Young, producers of the new podcast called "All Town, USA" that explores Alton, Illinois' significant history and evolving identity.Two episodes have been released so far, and can be found on iTunes. The duo said that they would be investing the prize money into upgrading their equipment for even better sound quality.

Presenters enjoying a post-pitch reception in the rooftop garden at Simmons Hanly Conroy:

Pitch Fest July 2018 Winners Stephanie Young & Shannon Briggs with Chris Miller and Sara McGibany: