Obama Care – What is a social entrepreneur?


Dear M & M:

I am looking for some help with Obama Care (ObamaCare)/the Health Care for America Plan where can I go?


Dear Beverly:

ObamaCare, Obama Care and health care reform are all the same thing. The official name for “ObamaCare” is the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, a bill signed into law to reform the health care industry.  Some aspects of ObamaCare health care reform are already enacted. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were signed into law March 23, 2010. ObamaCare requires that all insurance plans cover preventive services and stops insurance companies from dropping you when you are sick, as well as offering a number of other reforms and protections. July 30. 2013 at Cochise College the Cochise SBDC and the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce are hosting an event from  8:30 am to noon at the Community room at Cochise College in Sierra Vista. Representatives from the SBA and the Insurance Industry will be on hand to answer questions. Contact Rachel Norton at the SBDC 520-515-5478 to reserve a spot. Seating is limited you must be registered to attend. There is no fee to attend and refreshments will be served.  If you cannot attend the event you can email a question to schmittm@cochise.edu  and we will get it to the right people the day of the conference. If you leave a contact number or email someone will get back to you.



Dear M&M:

The other day I heard the term social entrepreneur.  What is that?


Dear Kylie:

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are both visionaries and ultimate realists, concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else. Each social entrepreneur presents ideas that are user-friendly, understandable, ethical, and engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of local people that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement with it. In other words, every leading social entrepreneur is a mass recruiter of local change makers—a role model proving that citizens who channel their passion into action can do almost anything. Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.

Why “Social” Entrepreneur? Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better. While a business entrepreneur might create entirely new industries, a social entrepreneur comes up with new solutions to social problems and then implements them on a large scale.

Historical Examples of Leading Social Entrepreneurs: Susan B. Anthony (U.S.): Fought for Women’s Rights in the United States, including the right to control property and helped spearhead adoption of the 19th amendment. Vinoba Bhave (India): Founder and leader of the Land Gift Movement, he caused the redistribution of more than 7,000,000 acres of land to aid India’s untouchables and landless. Dr. Maria Montessori (Italy): Developed the Montessori approach to early childhood education. Florence Nightingale (U.K.): Founder of modern nursing, she established the first school for nurses and fought to improve hospital conditions. John Muir (U.S.): Naturalist and conservationist, he established the National Park System and helped found The Sierra Club. Jean Monnet (France): Responsible for the reconstruction of the French economy following World War II, including the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). The ECSC and the European Common Market were direct precursors of the European Union. For the business entrepreneur, value lies in the profit the entrepreneur and investors expect to reap as the product establishes itself in a market that can afford to purchase it. The business entrepreneur is accountable to shareholders and other investors for generating these profits. To the social entrepreneur, there’s also value in profits, as profits are necessary to support the cause. That said, value for the social entrepreneur lies in the social benefit to a community or transformation of a community that lacks the resources to fulfill its own needs.



To ask your questions: Call the Small Business Development Center(SBDC) at Cochise College (520)-515-5478 or email schmittm@cochise.edu or contact the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation(EDF) at 520-458-6948 or email  hollism@svedf.org .


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