Social Business School Opens in Chusovoy District

On March 29, Chusovoy will be launching a social business school which is an acceleration program that will help start a business in the social sphere and is part of the Start Your Own Business Program to develop social business initiatives.

Participants in the program will attend strategic sessions where they will be led by federally certified expert coaches and will gain new knowledge on how to build a social impact model, construct business models, perform financial and strategic planning, and manage projects. Program curators will support every one of the participants' projects individually. Future social business people will also get access to advice from the region's best specialists in various business management matters.

This year, attending training seminars will be mandatory for participants in the Start Your Own Business competition. Those with projects that have not completed their social business training will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

These matters as well as eligibility requirements for participation and obtaining a grant were explained to the municipal district's residents on March 20 at a kick-off conference entitled Social Business: Start Your Own! Its participants were given information regarding social business opportunities, where to look for resources and ideas for a business, and were introduced to the Our Future Foundation. Experiences were shared by social business people from the region and winners of previous years' Start Your Own Business competitions, such as Svetlana Buranova (Joy Factory Inclusive Theater), Olga Kourova (Large Sand Box Project), Denis Starkov (Atletik Gym), Ksenia Gracheva (KOTE Studio Project).

Acting Deputy Municipal District Executive for Economic Development Oxana Saliy noted that the launch of the Start Your Own Business program was an important event for Chusovoy residents since social projects help address existing problems, expand service offerings, and improve service quality.

Social business expert and organizer of the Chusovoy acceleration program Irina Leushkanova emphasized the need to complete the training program: "Only graduates of the acceleration program will be eligible for participation in the Start Your Own Business competition for grants. I believe this decision to be expedient and fair. Those who attend our school gain specialized knowledge and are able to run their business in a competent manner as a result. Based on past experience, trained social business people are more successful in their projects."

"It is the fourth year already that the United Metallurgical Company and the Chusovoy Metallurgical Works are launching the Start Your Own Business program to develop social business initiatives. Based on previous years, we see the program helping its participants create start-ups and social businesses. Such projects continue to develop well. We will be looking forward to new ideas and new social businesses to open in our town and district", noted AO CMW Department Manager for Public Relations and Corporate Services Konstantin Adamenko.