We’re pleased to announce that our Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant Belinda Li has been reelected to the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago Chapter (SEA – Chicago).
SEA-Chicago is the Midwest Regional Chapter of the leading national membership organization of individuals and organizations actively working to advance the movement for market-based strategies addressing social issues. SEA – Chicago works to drive positive social impact through educational and networking opportunities connecting social enterprises with a variety of resources, contacts and leaders in the area.
As an elected Board Member, Belinda will serve a 3-year term and continue to work on policy, events, and the general mission of advancing social enterprise for the creation of a more just and sustainable world. Belinda will also continue to serve in her capacity as Treasurer of the Board.
Elections took place at the well-attended SEA – Chicago Annual Meeting January 24, along with a special presentation by the Cook County Commission for Social Innovation. The meeting was held at Cara Chicago, a world-class job training and placement provider for people facing poverty and homelessness. (Cara Chicago also boasts two successful social enterprises of its own, Cleanslate and Cara Connects – we encourage you to check them out!)
In addition, the Annual Meeting saw a groundbreaking announcement regarding social enterprises. Cook County recently passed the first procurement ordinance in the country to encourage financially self-sustaining social enterprises. Under the ordinance, a County contract will be awarded to a social enterprise when its bid is no more than five percent higher than the bid of the lowest bidder that’s not a social enterprise. To qualify, the bidder must have its principal place of business and a majority of its regular, full-time workforce located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties. The bidder must demonstrate it is earning business revenue and that it is mission-driven.
The event also hosted Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Garcia and fellow Commissioners spoke about exciting developments underway in a number of areas, including workforce development, social and human capital advancement, and community revitalization.
Belinda and the CiTTA Team are excited to be part of the SEA network and driving sustainable social impact. Be sure to check out CiTTA’s Twitter feed @CittaPartners for more photos from the Annual Meeting and for future event announcements!