A panel discussion entitled “Hybrid Business for the 21st Century: The Social Enterprise Model” will be presented at Santa Monica College Tuesday, March 15.

The free panel discussion will be held at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The panel will feature Eduardo Sciammarella of GatherGreen.com, a Groupon-like company that supports environmentally aware and sustainable companies; Annamarie Rhyne of Books on Purpose LLC, which recirculates books back into the education system; SMC business professor Marcella Kelly speaking about sustainability in business; and SMC student Medicus Washington, who will talk about microlending and will provide the student viewpoint on the topic.

Melissa Mandim, founder and president of The Social Enterprise Group and emcee of the event, said her organization advocates for businesses that solve the “for-profit and non-profit components” concurrently in a hybrid fashion.

“Where the one hand washes the other, so the profit-driven component thrives off the success of the socially responsible component and vice versa,” Mandim, an SMC business major, said. “We feel by creating sustainability as a business, social enterprises can do more to help those in need than nonprofit organizations reliant on donations and fundraising, while rewarding the owners and employees with the ability to profit while helping people.”

“Hybrid Business” is the first in SMC’s spring “Global Connections Lecture Series.”

A Social Enterprise Business Proposal Competition open to SMC students is being held in conjunction with the March 15 event.

Seating is on a first-arrival basis. Information, (310) 434-4303.

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