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Brainstorming Future Solutions

Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a network of more than 7500 business owners in 38 countries, held its annual North American conference in Houston last week. EO used the occasion to launch a major initiative to help the working poor. Andrew Schneider has the story.


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EO SPARCSteve Satterwhite is president of EO’s Houston chapter. As host of the group’s North American conference, he felt he had to respond to this question:

“What can we do as entrepreneurs to now kind of move beyond thinking about our businesses and entrepreneurship to think about the power that entrepreneurs can bring to solve some of the world’s toughest social problems?”

The organizers of EO’s international conference — held earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa — had used some of their funds to build an orphanage.

Satterwhite partnered with the Houston Food Bank on to launch SPARC — short for Swap Places, Ask, Receive, Connect. The aim is to bring together entrepreneurs with food bank users to brainstorm solutions to the most pressing problems of the working poor.

SPARC kicked off on Saturday with a food fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It included 700 CEOs from around the world, as well as representatives of dozens of Houston social service bodies. Satterwhite’s hope is that SPARC will provide a model for visiting entrepreneurs to take back to their home cities.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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