Introducing Sophie Richards!
Our guest today is engaging in what is commonly referred to as “social entrepreneurship”. This is something that is emerging and changing in entrepreneurship all across the landscape. Benevolence is built into the sales and marketing model.
In Sophie’s case she is creating two products for sale in different seasons – painted flower pots in the spring and “pink porcelain pumpkins” in the fall. She is doing this under the business name “Sophie’s Crafts.” Of the pumpkins that she sells, a certain percentage of the proceeds are already dedicated to the Holt County Cancer Foundation.
I asked Sophie what inspired her to do business this way, and she cited all the good things the foundation does for her community and being able to give back. This is a viable business model that serves two purposes at once. It is exciting to see this model develop.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Product Production & Sales
HIGH SCHOOL: South Holt R-1 High School
FFA ADVISOR: Jessica Aeschliman
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SOPHIE RICHARDS:
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Donate to FFA – One way that FFA students are able to start small businesses is through an FFA grant of $1,000. In 2014, 141 FFA students received these grants. With your donations, more students can get this head start – pay it forward.
REASONS TO DONATE TO FFA:
- Only 2% of Americans grow and raise most of the food and livestock consumed by the other 98% as well as the rest of the world. FFA is providing the needed education, training and resources to Americans that will carry that torch forward and insure that America continues to have inexpensive, quality food.
- Rural Communities will rely on entrepreneurship in the future for population growth and job creation. The FFA is a major catalyst to that entrepreneurial growth.
- Farmers, ranchers and those working in agriculture give the rest of America incredible amounts of freedom because the search for food is as simple as going to the grocery store:
“Because American farmers are able to provide for so many of us, they give more and more of us the freedom to pursue goals and livelihoods beyond growing the food we need to survive.”
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack
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