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Feb. 12 — Chef Chad Houser of Dallas will be the keynote speaker March 1 at a “learning session” in Santa Fe on finding purpose and profit in entrepreneurship.

Houser’s visit will be part of the Beyond Profit series organized by the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Center for Responsible Entrepreneurship and Creative Santa Fe to encourage entrepreneurs to include social enterprise elements in their businesses.

The session will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Christ Church Santa Fe, 1213 Don Gaspar Ave. Admission is free, but a contribution of $25 is suggested. Reserve your place online at creativesantafe.org/events/entrepreneur-spotlight-chad-houser/.

“We want to help local entrepreneurs, from the early stages of building their businesses, balance profit and purpose,” said Jon Mertz, co-lead of the UNM center. “What we will bring to our community is information about what it takes to scale a social enterprise.”

For Mertz, the goal involves community involvement and treating your employees well.

Houser moved away from his successful Parigi restaurant in Dallas to create Café Momentum, a restaurant dedicated to paid interns ages 15 to 19 at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. During the year-long internship, interns also receive life skills orientation.

Houser has expanded Café Momentum to Nashville, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, and wants to reach many more cities. He wants to give a feeling of coherence and stability to young people whose socio-economic class is unfavorable for them to succeed.

Beyond Profit will also have a panel of locals with their own success stories in bridging profit and purpose. Cyndy Bohannan, owner of Find the Stuff, and Alexandra Merlino, owner of Bee Wild Outside, are currently enrolled in the center’s accelerator program. Chef Fernando Ruiz, with a past in the Arizona prison system, is set to open his restaurant Agua Fría Road, Escondido, and Hilary Kilpatric is co-owner of The Kitchen Table…

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