Winners Announced for Central Ohio Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Announcements — By on June 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Three companies were awarded for their ventures in social entrepreneurship at the Central Ohio Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards sponsored by The Metropreneur and Rotary District 6690.

“The common thread between social entrepreneurs and Rotary is they didn’t wait for someone else to do it. They didn’t ask someone else to do it. They saw a problem and rolled up their sleeves to solve it,” says Lee Smith of the Rotary.

Azoti and CleanTurn International were recognized in the for-profit category.

Shortening the distance between food suppliers and food eaters, Azoti allows individuals, businesses, schools and other organizations to buy food subscriptions from farmers, ranchers and food artisans. Smaller producers have a guaranteed outlet for their goods, while consumers have more say in what sort of quality produce and goods they consume.

CleanTurn provides fruitful employment opportunities for individuals who have had significant obstacles to employment in their past. The team provides demolition and deconstruction, grounds keeping, janitorial and other general labor services to customers.

Design Outreach was recognized in the non-profit category.

Design Outreach is a humanitarian engineering nonprofit delivering life-transforming solutions for poor and under-served communities. The founders strive to create a platform so volunteers, donors and developers can connect to scale products and implement lasting solutions in communities.

Congratulations to all those who were nominated. “We recognize and applaud the efforts of these social entrepreneurs who share the same spirit of addressing societal needs through creative enterprise,” Smith says.


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