Downtown Credo


The vibe in the room is electric! Eight social entrepreneurs came to Downtown Credo to pitch their businesses. Each one resonates with the Credo of meaning, impact, and community. The room is full long before the pitches start. The first pitch is from Care Spotter followed by two urban farming concepts, Edible Orlando Junior Academy and Growing Orlando. The next concepts, Market Colors and One Purse, focused on helping women escape from human trafficking. Next, Rebuild Globally shared the 760% growth they’ve had in the first four years of operation. They focus on helping women produce a sustainable income to remove her family from poverty. The last two business pitches focused on our school-aged children in our local community. These businesses are The Human Experience and SourceCode B46.

The awards will be announced at the third annual CREDO Awards on November 6, 2014. If you’d like to attend, tickets are available here.

Meaning. Impact. Community.

September 10, 2014/in Community Impact /by Royce Gomez

If you want to be inspired, spend time with Ben Hoyer of Downtown Credo. His
cornerstones of meaning, impact, and community are what this column is about and what
has defined my life as an entrepreneur.

Ben’s Credo states “Life is worth living. I refuse to merely exist. I pursue a life of meaning
and purpose, fulfillment and joy. The world is not yet as it ought to be. Neither is my city.
Neither am I. Yet, I reject apathy and despair. I engage the world, my city, and myself to
make an impact for good. I am not alone. I press through narcissism, isolation and
self-sufficiency striving to live in authentic community.”

If this resonates with you like it did for me you might want to apply to pitch your social
entrepreneurial idea. (I will be submitting my idea. Will you join me?) Ben has worked
tirelessly to get some of the most successful entrepreneurs to invest their time, money, and
knowledge in supporting someone with an idea and courage to live with meaning and have
an impact in their community. I have made Orlando my community over the last couple of
years and am ready to live with meaning and impact while rejecting apathy. If you have an
idea, join me. If not, come and cheer on the contestants October 15th.

Trends in Philanthropy…. Right Here in Central Florida

August 28, 2014/in Community Impact /by Royce Gomez

What an event Trends in Philanthropy was last week! The sponsors couldn’t have organized a better lineup of speakers. First, we heard from Shawn Seipler, Founder of Clean the World (CTW). CTW has earned the first B-corp designation in Florida. Shawn spent time sharing his business model, his vision, and the new programs he is launching.

Next, we heard inspiration from Ben Hoyer, Founder of Downtown Credo. Ben shared how a conversation with a friend ignited a spark of an idea which began a journey to visit coffee farmers in a remote region of Guatemala. Today this journey allows us in the community to drink coffee while giving back.

Finally, Bahiyyah Maroon from Eripio Institute spoke. Bahiyyah is a wealth of knowledge and shares her knowledge as a professor at Rollins College, contributing her knowledge to the Social Entrepreneur students. She shared how the nonprofit sector is the third sector embracing innovation, social transformation, and inspiration. Bahiyyah explained how understanding and digging deeper into your fiscal proxies will help tell your story more fully.

Mark Brewer from the Foundation always presents a program that gives us inspiration, education, and so much more!