December 30, 2014
The North Dallas entrepreneurial community has partnered with America’s healthiest grocery store to enhance the health and sustainability of the startup ecosystem supported by Addison Treehouse coworking space and community resource.
On January 7, 2015, Whole Foods in Addison will sponsor a fundraiser for the Addison TreeHouse. Five percent of all net profits from shopping, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (open to close), will be donated to the TreeHouse. Whole Foods will also host an exclusive happy hour for the local entrepreneurial community. Entrepreneurs and residents in North Dallas are encouraged to shop at the Addison Whole Foods on January 7!
“Economic development is not just about powering big companies but also helping small businesses,” says Trey Bowles, co-founder and CEO of the DEC. The Whole Foods fundraiser for the TreeHouse is an innovative example of big business powering small business. Whole Food’s vision for a sustainable future “means our children and grandchildren will be living in a world that values human creativity, diversity, and individual choice.” In keeping with that vision, money raised from the fundraisers will support the Addison TreeHouse Youth Mentorship Program,– a pilot program to be held during spring break for North Texas youth to experience entrepreneurship (apply now).
“Whole Foods wants to take an active role in creating a world where individuals, communities, and the planet flourish,” says Paula Andrea Gean, director of the TreeHouse. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than to support a program which exposes youth to entrepreneurship, creativity, and the power of a collaborative community.”
The Addison TreeHouse Youth Mentorship Program is open by application to North Texas youth ages 11-14. The selected applicants will receive one-on-one mentorship with current TreeHouse members. Youth will learn about their mentor’s business as well as key concepts in leadership, marketing, management, and funding. Their mentors will help them identify, develop, and create a pitch around a personal project.
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