Taking charge

‘There’s been a lot of experience and wisdom we’ve been able to tap into,’ Katie Steckly says of the podcast. (Photo by Michelle Reiner)

Katie Bentz and Katie Steckly host Bossy Women, a podcast about entrepreneurship. (Photo by Michelle Reiner)

Katie Steckly and Katie Bentz met while living in residence at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont. (Photo by Jennifer Lyon)

Two young women from Mennonite Church Canada congregations are the creators of a new podcast about entrepreneurship.

Columbia announces a new diploma in social entrepreneurship

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Columbia Bible College launched its newest academic program in September: the diploma in social entrepreneurship. This two-year program brings together Christian faith-formation classes and a series of foundational business courses, with the goal of equipping students with the passion, entrepreneurial spirit and marketplace skills to make a positive impact within society.

Coffee business wins award

An entrepreneurial effort that promotes social change in the Philippines recently won an award for its work. In March 2015, Coffee for Peace (CFP) won second place in a national business competition, “Developmental Social Enterprise Award-Solution for Social Change.” CFP is the business initiative of PeaceBuilders Community Inc., a ministry of Joji and Daniel Pantoja, who are Mennonite Church Canada workers in the Philippines. Joji is the CEO of CFP.

Young professionals recognized for entrepreneurial spirit

At the 2014 Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Convention in Winnipeg, Man. MEDA honoured 20 North American young professionals who embody an entrepreneurial spirit and embrace a desire to make a difference in the world. Among the 20 recipients are six Canadians: A. J. Leveille, Langley, B.C., Alice Soeder, Elmira, Ont., Chris Steingart, Kitchener, Ont., Jeff Horst, Kitchener, Ont., Siera Vercillo, London, Ont., and Tiffany Myer, New Hamburg, Ont. To learn more about MEDA’s 20 Under 35 Awards, visit www.20under35.com –MEDA

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