SEA-LI Inside Social Enterprise Event


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Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island Launches “Inside Social Enterprise with Ann Liguori”

New interview series travels Long Island to find the best and brightest examples of Social Enterprise

 Bohemia, NY—Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island (SEA-LI), the local affiliate of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurism organization, will host the first in a new series of live interviews with local businesses that use social entrepreneurism to improve their bottom line. Growing in popularity across the U.S., social entrepreneurism is a hybrid economic model that unites for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create mutual self-sustaining value and measurable social impact.

The first Inside Social Enterprise interview will take place at the Viscardi Center in Albertson, NY on October 23, 2013 from 8:00AM to 10:30AM and includes a light breakfast. There is no cost to attend the event, which is open to SEA-LI members and non-members.

Radio and Television sports personality, Ann Liguori, will host the series.

“As a long time supporter of socially responsible business, I am both excited and intrigued by the premise of what social entrepreneurism can offer,” said Ann Liguouri. “I very much look forward to seeing how these companies operate.”

Guests will have an opportunity to network and participate in a guided tour of the Viscardi Center where they can see first-hand how one of Long Island’s premier organizations integrates social entrepreneurism into their day to day operations.

“We are thrilled to be organizing the Inside Social Enterprise series,” said Ken Cerini, Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP and President-Interim of SEA-LI. “I think people will be surprised at how social entrepreneurism can add to an organization’s internal and external value proposition.”

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending must register by October 15, 2013 at

About SEA-LI

Founded in 2011 by local business entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, the Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of nonprofit and for-profit partnerships that result in mutual self-sustaining value and measurable social impact.

About The Viscardi Center

Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers children and adults with disabilities. It provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs 300+ professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.

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New Directors Join Board of Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island

The Long Island Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA-LI), the organization dedicated to supporting the growth and development of nonprofit and for-profit enterprises while simultaneously pursuing self-sustaining revenue and measurable social impacts, has announced its 2013 Board of Directors.

Ken Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP, is the organizations new President.  He succeeds Reverend Patrick Duggan, Founder and President of Abundant Communities Together. Nancy Engelhardt, of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College was named Vice President. In addition, the Board is pleased to welcome several new members, who include:

Dan Grinberg is the Founder and President of Elara Foodservice Disposables (Elara). Elara is a designer and producer of high quality gloves, food storage bags, plastic cutlery, drinking straws and other single-use items used by restaurant and institutional foodservice operators. A social-mission driven company, Elara is also committed to fighting hunger in America. Grinberg also services as a Director and Treasurer of Island Harvest, a Long Island food bank and member of the Feeding America network. Prior to founding Elara, Grinberg was an owner, director and CEO of FoodHandler, Inc., a leading supplier of foodservice gloves and disposables.

Frank Lombardi is the Compliance Officer for Independent Group Home Living (IGHL). IGHL is dedicated to providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities so they can realize their full potential as human beings and contributing members of their community. With Frank’s help, IGHL has grown into an industry leader that now provides services to 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and employs more than 1,600 people.

Theresa Weston is the Senior Marketer at Cerini & Associates, LLP. Cerini & Associates is a full-service accounting firm with a concentration in the nonprofit sector. At the firm, Theresa coordinates all marketing and communications efforts and was Chapter Administrator for SEA-LI prior to joining the Board.

“We plan on 2013 being an eventful year for SEA-LI,” said Cerini. “We have plans to develop new programs, new partnerships, and extend our presence in the Long Island community.”

Other notable members of the board include  Bruce Newman, of Pipeline, LLC; Randi Dresner of Island Harvest; and Chuck Schwartz, of Green Long Island, Inc.

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