The importance of small businesses to local communities is emotionally rooted in buying and selling with friends and neighbors. Small businesses are an anchor of the US Economy. 48 percent of all US employees work for small businesses. They now need our support more than ever before.
Join Jeremy Fojut, Co-Founder of NEWaukee, and Alexa Alfaro, Co-Founder of Meat on the Street, for a recurring inclusive and immersive small business show that tells stories of local entrepreneurs and the communities they reside in.
This event is part of NEWaukee’s Cloud Cafe brought to you by Ginger Lazovik, Shorewest Realtors. The Cloud Cafe is an online platform for connectors and creators to find belonging during this time of unprecedented isolation. Sign up for NEWaukee’s newsletter for weekly updates about new events.
Josh Shefner is the founder of Agricycle: a vertically integrated portfolio of ethically sourced and upcycled CPG brands with a mission to eradicate extreme rural poverty by transforming waste into opportunity and setting the bar for other social enterprises in global development (www.agricycleglobal.com). Agricycle has 35,000 farmers in their network, 3,000 women in their cooperatives, and 25 employees.
Agricycle launched 3 brands, raised $1.3M, and empowered thousands. Josh won the Global Student Entrepreneur Award for Wisconsin's inaugural competition in 2018; was named one of Wisconsin Inno's 25 Under 25 in 2019; and was named a Fellow of the national Future Founders in 2020. Josh often speaks at events on social entrepreneurship, international development and what's it like being a student Founder.