By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
The Levinson Center, a social entrepreneurship incubator, has flown under the radar in Anderson for over a year. Today, TLC will make itself known in an announcement at its national office in the Flagship Enterprise Center, 2701 Enterprise Drive.
The company’s mission is to “serve as a catalyst for sustainable Indiana-based ventures that impact social and environmental issues,” according to its social media accounts. It works to foster Indiana-based social entrepreneurs through mentorship, networking, facilitating resources and investments.
In the year it has been in Anderson, the center assisted seven entrepreneurs with eight Indiana-based ventures, including Go Electric Inc., which is developing ways to charge electric vehicles off-grid, and The Anderson Impact Center, which works to “impact the social and economic downward spiral of blighted communities,” through education, job training and business community development, according to a release.
Executive director Ann Wilson co-founded the center with venture capitalist and native Hoosier Frank Levinson, along with Flagship CEO Chuck Staley.
“It is quite unique that a business center such as (Flagship) actually helped facilitate another center focused on social and faith-based entrepreneurship” under its own roof, Staley said.
He added that Frank Levinson and the Levinson Center have “enabled the Flagship to pursue its vision of social entrepreneurship (the business of doing good) in a significant way.”
In 2007, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration awarded Flagship a certificate of excellence in social and faith-based entrepreneurship.
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