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Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Economy:  Creating Nexuses

How-To-Do-It Training Sessions

Friday March 01, 2013

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Workshop #1: Ybor Room 212

Social Entrepreneurship Opportunity in the Health Care Industry by

Ryan Kania from Advocates for World Health 


Learn about a social entrepreneurial opportunity to create solutions for reducing medical supplies going into landfills and for redistributing the supplies globally.

Ryan Kania, Co-founder of Advocates for World Health 

Ryan’s background is concentrated in economics research and investment banking. He has performed research under the Financial Management Association and Crosstree Capital. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and Fall 2010's Outstanding Graduate at the University of South Florida. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Advocates for World Health. AWH is a 501(c)3 non-profit that recovers  and redistributes surplus medical product.  AWH has recovered 195,000 pounds of surplus medical product inventory from ending in US landfills. Of this, they have re-distributed 122,300 pounds, worth $1.94 M at retail to healthcare providers in need of the supplies to over 10 countries in the last 4 years. Distinguished as a Kairos 50 Fellow for one of the world’s 50 most innovative student run companies. Winner of Northwestern's 2012 Global Engagement Summit Pitch Competition. Semi-Finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.


Workshop #2: Ybor Room 213

Innovative STEM-based Environmental Projects for  Pre K-12 Grade Students by

Sean Nordquist and Jose Soto 

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This training session, primarily designed for Pre K-12 teachers and educators will focus on creating a STEM-based project that teaches environmental science, engineering, and math skills while having a lot of fun. The session will also include a presentation on sources of funding available for middle and high school projects. $20 per person fee waived for teachers. 

Jose Soto, Community Public Affairs Specialist at State Farm

Serving as a proactive community, media and legislative relationship maker and facilitator in promoting, managing and strengthening the State Farm brand among communities throughout Florida. Part of his responsibilities have included developing, managing and coordinating Public Relations / Marketing campaigns and leading generating events for our State Farm agents.

Jose leads State Farm Florida as the primary Hispanic media spokesperson. He has also served as an agency, claims, community and media specialist on 9 hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina.

Managing, coordinating, and promoting State Farm philanthropic efforts in the following Florida counties: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe, Collier, Lee, Manatee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco.

Effectively and proactively produced and communicated State Farm approved message points, web articles, emails, and online newsletters for State Farm associates. Collaborated with operation departments and employee resource groups in providing assistance in developing communication pieces to promote State Farm employees and agents involvement in their community and workplace.

Sean Nordquist, Education Coordinator for the Institute of Florida Studies, Hillsborough Community College

Sean's background includes outdoor and environmental education, information technology education, corporate training, and creative and technical writing.  With one foot inside and one foot outside, Sean moves in both worlds with equal amounts of passion and ease.

Workshop #3: Ybor Room 214

Social Entrepreneurship for Veterans by

Chris Nixon and Robert B. Chavarria

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This training session will focus on providing information and knowledge about various social entrepreneurial opportunities to veterans. The discussion may include identifying sources of funding for the social entrepreneurial ventures. $20 per person fee waived for veterans. 

Robert B. ChavarriaSenior Area Manager for the Tampa Bay South Florida District Alternate Work Site (AWS)

In his capacity, Robert is responsible for SBA operations in a nine county Central Southwest Florida area that includes Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties. He is also the Veterans Affairs officer for the South Florida District.

Prior to his appointment as Senior Area Manager, Robert was SBA’s District Director for the Lower Rio Grande District in South Texas.

Workshop #4: Ybor Room 215

Introduction to Sustainable Urban Farming by

Ryan Iacovacci from Birdhouse Buying Club 


Do you want to live healthier, make a few extra dollars, and turn that yard from a gas guzzler mow yard to a beautiful permaculture food forest? This training  session is designed to provide you with an overview of sustainable urban farming. This broad overview will cover everything from designing, planning, and planting to transportation of farm produce helpful to begin thinking of your social entrepreneurial career.  You will learn how to grow social entrepreneurship right out of your front & backyard and much more. Everyone should know how to legitimately sell products right out of your yard and kitchen. The Florida Cottage Industry Law and gardening for food supplement of income and diet will be discussed.

Ryan Iacovacci, Co-founder & Market Manager at Bird House Buying Club 

Ryan Iacovacci is the co-founder & market manager for the Birdhouse Buying Club, an online local food market that's working to democratize the food system, from farmer to foodie, through cooperative economics.  Ryan is a USF Alumni, holding a degree in Religious Studies & a degree in International Studies and has been organizing local food systems, from living & working at Florida farms, to marketing, brokering, distributing farm to table, childhood obesity prevention work and as an avid gardener & wild food forager.