This year, Social Enterprise Southwest has made social procurement for holiday gifts easy with Meaningful Markets happening across the region!
You may be wondering, what exactly is a “Meaningful Market”? The first Meaningful Market was hosted in 2017 by Pillar Nonprofit Network in London, ON. The idea was to create an evening of festive shopping, networking & holiday cheer, that exclusively features the products of local entrepreneurs and enterprises invested in creating positive community impact. The inaugural edition was such a success that, via SESW, we are now hosting Meaningful Markets in London as well as Saint Catharines and Huron County. Here are details for each event:
Meaningful Market, London
When: December 5th, 4 PM - 8 PM
Where: Innovation Works, 201 King St., London, Ontario, N6A 1C9
About: Pillar Nonprofit Network is hosting The Meaningful Market, a selection of local social enterprise products supporting our community. You can skip the mall crowds and join us at Innovation Works!
My Sisters Place Micro Enterprise
Me & C
Good Neighbours Canada
Hutton House Pottery
Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
London Humane Society
Entry is FREE but a donation of socks is encouraged. All socks collected will go to 519 Pursuit and given out this holiday season.
PLUS, want to meet a few NEW social enterprises in our city? At 5pm, Libro Credit Union sponsored start-up social enterprises will compete for a $500 grand prize.
Please help spread the word! Let us know you’ll be attending and share our event.
Meridian Meaningful Market, Niagara
Where: St Catharines Golf & Country Club, 70 Westchester Avenue, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3P4
When: November 27, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
About: Join us for holiday shopping and networking, featuring local social enterprise vendors. With your purchase you are making an impact in the community!
Even more exciting is that the Meridan Meaningful Market will be happening during a social enterprise pitch competition! Five social entrepreneurs will pitch their business or idea to a panel of judges. The winner of the pitch competition, selected by the judges, will win $2,500 cash to use in their social enterprise; the people's choice winner, selected by the audience, will receive $500 to do the same.
Join us for an evening to celebrate social entrepreneurship and doing well to do good.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.
Meaningful Market, Huron County
When: December 12, 4:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: Brussels Four Winds - Wedding & Event Barn. 60 Orchard Lane, Brussels, Ontario N0G 1H0
About: The first event of its kind in Huron County, the Meaningful Market is a collection of local vendors selling gifts whose proceeds support social impact in our community. Visit Brussels' new Four Winds Barn for a drop-in evening of festive shopping, food and beverages from local suppliers!
Homegrown Land Bank Group- Food Basket
The Pallet Witch
The Goderich Maker's Mercantile
Paul the Maker
Huron County Designs
Simply Devine Essentials
MJ handmade bags
Blooms n' Rooms
Add Some Flair
A Whole Lotta Woof
Culture Shock Kombucha
At 6:30pm, join us as for a pitch competition, where start-up social enterprises wow our judges, competing for funding to grow their impact!
Later, hear from special guest Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of ME to WE!
Ticket required for entrance. RSVP today!