We Have News!

We are excited to announce that our very own CEO and Co-Founder, Patti Weber, has been named a “Forty Over 40” award recipient by The Charlotte Ledger.  The awards, revealed in a special online presentation last evening, celebrate local unsung heroes aged 40+ who are doing great things in the Charlotte community.

This year’s group, representing the second-ever group of award recipients, was chosen by a distinguished panel of under-40 judges who reviewed many impressive nominations. 

Patti, who has long-term passion for STEAM, was recognized for driving outcomes in business, healthcare and social innovation.  In addition to serving as Croixstone’s CEO, Patti is a co-founder with the Charlotte Pancreatic Cancer Alliance (a community group that increases awareness for pancreatic cancer) and a Partner with Social Venture Partners Charlotte (a nonprofit group that passionately attacks social and economic inequality and promotes social innovation across the Charlotte region through venture philanthropy).

Learn more here.


Join Us at Packard Place Public House on Jan. 20th

Don’t miss the next Packard Place Public House virtual event and the opportunity to learn how to use your entrepreneurial and start-up skills to serve our community! Our CEO Patti Weber joins fellow panelist Eric Gorman of Wily and moderator Kristin Beck of Social Venture Partners Charlotte for a lively, fun and educational gathering.

Learn more and register!


Opioid Crisis Myths + Truths

Last month, the Croixstone team invested in professional development to learn more about the very serious opioid crisis that is not only a public health issue, but a serious economic and workforce productivity problem.

We joined an educational seminar hosted by Social Venture Partners Charlotte that featured a 3-person panel comprised of a police officer, physician and social worker.  Croixstone learned that four North Carolina cities rank in the top 25 cities for opioid abuse.  Furthermore, the #1 city for opioid abuse is Wilmington, NC!

Learn about the myths and truths about the opioid crisis.


What You Need to Know About Social Enterprises

On April 16th, Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP) will host the annual SEED20 program which identifies, highlights, and connects the community to twenty of the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. In today’s business world, nonprofits are not the only ones concerned with being integrated into the social fabric of society. Earlier this week, Forbes ran an article titled the “The Rise of the Social Enterprise: A New Paradigm for Business” which illustrates that businesses today need to make a shift in management in order to be more integrated into the social fabric of society.

Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a twist. A social enterprise has two goals that are equally important:
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  1. Achieve social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes
  2. Earn revenue
In the Forbes’ article, a yearlong research and survey of business and HR leaders by Deloitte revealed that “citizenship and social impact” were rated critical or important by 77% of respondents.
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One of the trends identified is that companies today must be “social” in a truly external sense, and one of the biggest challenges is that C-suite executives are not operating or organized effectively to deal with the new world of economic growth and technology revolution while effectively addressing diversity, inclusion, fairness, equity at work and more.
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There are two dimensions to the evolution of social enterprise.
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  • Moving from an organization which operates as a functional hierarchy to one that operates as a “network of teams.”
  • Each part of the company looks at the impact of external factors and the company’s footprint in the external world.
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Click here to read more about the new paradigm shift for businesses addressed in the article and click here to learn why social enterprise can be a win-win for companies.

Seed20 OnStage!

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Today, we focus on an upcoming event dedicated to those in the Charlotte community that are “doing for others” each and every day…SEED20 OnStage!

SEED20 is the annual program of Social Venture Partners Charlotte (a nonprofit organization) to identify, highlight and connect the community to the region’s most promising social entrepreneurs tackling pressing challenges.

Croixstone’s Mark Weber is serving as the Lead Partner for this year’s powerful program, best known for its high-energy SEED20 OnStage event where ten members of the SEED20 class compete to win cash awards by making three-minute “pitches” to a panel of judges and a community audience.

This year’s event takes place at the Bechtler Museum and Knight Theater in front of an audience of 1,000 guests on April 16, 2018.  We invite you to view the SEED20 video and website to learn more.

Tickets for the event are now on sale.  To purchase tickets, Click Here


Meet the SEED20 Class of 2018

Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP) today announced the SEED20 Class of 2018.  SEED20 is the annual program of SVP to identify, highlight and connect the community to the Charlotte region’s most promising social entrepreneurs tackling pressing challenges.  These social entrepreneurs can be an innovative young nonprofit or an innovative new program within an established nonprofit.  Croixstone’s own Mark Weber (Managing Partner and Founder) serves as Lead Partner for SEED20 2018.

The Croixstone team is excited to congratulate and welcome the following members to the SEED20 Class of 2018:

100 Gardens
ChemoCars
Human Capital Investment, Inc.
INTech Camp for Girls
Lorien Academy of the Arts
Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center
Pop Up Produce
Project Harmony — a program of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Reading Partners
Respect Ability Foundation
RunningWorks
Shakespeare in a Chair
Transcend Charlotte
The Be More Foundation
The Resource Connection Gateway — a program of Gaston County Family YMCA
Think Broader Foundation
Ultreia Society
Wise Guys — a program of The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina
Xcel 2 Fitness
ZABS Place


Croixstone Consulting CXO Patti Weber Completes Harvard Program

Congratulations to Croixstone Consulting’s Chief Experience Officer, Patti Weber, who this week successfully completed the Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte’sManagement Development Program“.

The Management Development Program, a “mini MBA” style course taught at Queens University, is a favorite with Charlotte-based corporations and is taught entirely by Harvard Business School alumni to program participants. The course offers rising executives the chance to study business one night a week for 13 weeks with a roster of some of the most prominent CEO’s, Presidents and Managing Partners in the Charlotte region.

In addition to participation by Croixstone Consulting, this year’s Harvard program included leaders from companies including: Bank of North Carolina, SYNOPTICS Northrup Grumman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Carolinas Medical Center, Schaeffler Group, ScentAir Technologies, Continental Tire, Snyder’s-Lance, Duke Energy, Carolina Cat, EnPro Industries, Skookum, National Gypsum Company, Ridgemont Equity Partners, Coats North America and more.

Patti completed the Harvard program to supplement her more than 20 years experience in helping global Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked public education schools implement forward-thinking and “game-changing” initiatives.  Her background includes diverse business experience in the technology consulting (Accenture) and workforce solutions (Kelly Services) industries.

As an active community leader, Patti is a Partner with Social Venture Partners Charlotte and serves on the group’s Education Committee.  Additionally, she serves as a volunteer Math Tutor at Charlotte’s Sedgefield Elementary School with Heart Math Tutoring and as PurpleStride Charlotte Teams Ambassador with the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

 


Meet the Future of Charlotte

SEED20, an initiative of Social Venture Partners Charlotte, announced yesterday the 20 nonprofit entrepreneurs who will be part of the 6th annual SEED20 experience. SEED20 selected the following nonprofits to participate in the Class of 2017 based on their relevance, innovation, and potential for tangible community impact.

ANSWER Scholarship
ArtPop
BELL
Body & Soul Senior Fitness Center
Charlotte Rescue Mission (Culinary Social Enterprise)
Children’s Attention Home
Families First in Cabarrus County
Hip Hop Orchestrated
Levine Museum of the New South (Enrichment Seminars)
LilySarahGrace
MusicalMinds NC
NC Wildlife Federation (Great Outdoors University)
Philips Academy of NC
Profound Gentlemen
Queen City Robotics Alliance
Restore Global
The Pollution Detectives
The Red Boot Coalition
UMAR
WINGS for Kids

Join the Croixstone Consulting team in supporting the Charlotte region’s most innovative social entrepreneurs.  Buy a ticket today and plan to attend SEED20 OnStage on March 27, 2017.


Fueling Opportunity in the Queen City through Innovation

Goodwill = Innovation? 

Yep, you better believe it.  Today we joined a team of folks from Social Venture Partners Charlotte and toured Goodwill’s brand spanking new, $22 million Leon Levine Opportunity Center in west Charlotte.  And we we blown away.

Forget what you think you might know about the Goodwill experience.  When we entered the building located at 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, we were transformed into a high-energy universe filled with natural light, soaring ceilings, original art, a very tasty restaurant featuring locally-sourced food, and more.

Goodwill’s new 160,000 square foot facility is vitally important to Charlotte.  With a 2014 Harvard study having ranked Charlotte as 50th out of 50 large cities in the country for economic mobility, the Croixstone team applauds Goodwill for its innovative approach in bundling a comprehensive collection of resources and opportunities for job training, job placement and job creation in the Charlotte metro region for individuals with barriers to employment.

Learn more here.


Get the Word Out to the QC’s Social Entrepreneurs

As leaders in the QC’s entrepreneurial community, the Croixstone Consulting team passionately supports Social Venture Partners Charlotte and the organization’s SEED20 program. Social Venture Partners (SVP) is a philanthropic organization passionately attacking the issue of social and economic inequality in Charlotte through venture philanthropy.

The Croixstone team is helping to spread the word about SEED20 (Social Entrepreneurs EmpowereD), a unique program that aligns directly with SVP’s mission of growing and empowering the region’s vibrant social entrepreneur community .  Through this annual program, SVP identifies, spotlights and supports the Charlotte region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges.  Since SEED20’s launch more than 5 years ago, SVP has coached, supported, and showcased over 80 organizations and individuals and given out $160,000 in awards to nonprofit entrepreneurs.

SEED20 is accepting applications through November 1, 2016.  Learn more about SEED20 here.