About CSED

Social enterprise (n.): an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for shareholders. Social enterprises can be structure as a for-profit or non-profit and may take a number of legal forms, including but not limited to co-operative, benefit corporation, low-profit limited liability company (L3C), LLC, or a subsidiary of an existing company.

The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) was founded in June 2014 and received its 501(c)(3) designation in November 2014. The mission of the Center for Social Enterprise Development is to advance remarkably good businesses—businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model. CSED supports these nonprofit and for-profit businesses so that the entrepreneurs, consumers and beneficiaries of their mission-driven endeavors are all better positioned to prosper. From our workshops and accelerator initiatives to our community engagement efforts, CSED advocates for, develops, and funds businesses that solve social problems in our community.

Our Goals

  • Assess the attitudes and perceptions of nonprofit leaders in Central Ohio regarding Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector.
  • Establish a series of programs that will guide and support existing nonprofit organizations in the development of Social Enterprise (ventures that combine mission impact with generation of earned revenue).
  • Establish a nexus for Social Enterprise activity in Central Ohio.
  • Establish an online presence for connection, collaboration, and support of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector

How To Get Involved:

  • Donate
  • Invite us to speak to your group, club or board
  • Attend our programs
  • Be a mentor
  • Join our board
  • Keep us informed about social enterprise activity in Central Ohio
  • Follow our blog, newsletter, and tweets

Center for Social Enterprise Development Leadership


Allen Proctor, President and CEO

AllenProctor-150wRecognizing a need for a network dedicated to existing and emerging social enterpreneurs, Allen Proctor founded the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) and the Community Investment Network in Central Ohio (CINCO) in 2014. Since that time, more than 100 local social enterprises, more than 380 individuals have been identified and supported through custom consultation, networking and learning opportunities, and more than 5,300 individuals have benefited from CSED’s speaking, blog and social media outreach. Prior to CSED and CINCO, Proctor was founder and principal of Linking Mission to Money. Allen has more than 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations, developing effective business strategies, and enhancing organizational effectiveness. Allen has regularly developed innovative solutions to the financial and performance challenges of nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations.

Allen has worked as a top executive at institutions as diverse as Harvard University (CFO and Vice President for Finance), New York City (Deputy Budget Director), New York State Financial Control Board (Executive Director), and Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Division Chief). Allen earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics and forecasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Allen’s wide-ranging career has given him an unusually broad perspective and span of experience. In his high level roles he has regularly dealt with issues in change management, financial restructuring, strategic planning, investment oversight, board relations, government and media relations, technology transfer, process re-engineering and information technology.

A regular columnist on nonprofit management for Columbus Business First, Allen has taught budgeting and finance at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University and twice served as a reviewer for the prestigious Innovations program sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Allen is the author of two highly regarded books, More Than Just Money, Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success, and Linking Mission to Money® Second Edition, Finance for Nonprofit Leaders.

Center for Social Enterprise Development Board of Directors

Elaine Grogan Luttrull


Luttrull-150wElaine is currently the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), and she is the Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to increasing financial and business literacy in artists and arts organizations. A CPA by training, Elaine has devoted her career to building financial literacy in the arts industry. She is the author of Arts & Numbers, and her presentations have been featured nationally by: the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center (now at the University of Maryland), Americans for the Arts, Playwrights of New York, the Ohio Art League, and the Indiana Arts Commission. She is the founder of the Starting SmART online learning series for creative entrepreneurs, and the founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute at CCAD. Prior to her move to Columbus, Elaine served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School.

Tom Katzenmeyer

Vice Chair and Secretary

Katz-150wOn April 1, 2013, Tom Katzenmeyer became president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in the community. Prior to coming to the Arts Council, he served as senior vice president for University Communications at The Ohio State University, where he led an office that oversaw OSU’s university-wide communications and reputation management. The office included the units of Internal Communications, Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Research Communications, and WOSU Public Media.

Andrea Applegate


Applegate-150wAndrea Applegate is principal consultant with Applegate Talent Strategies which provides customized talent-focused consulting services to employers and individuals to help them achieve personal and professional goals. Prior to launching her independent consulting firm, Andrea served as COO at Jewish Family Services and, before that, as managing director of Per Scholas, responsible for launching IT-focused job training centers in Columbus and Cincinnati. Andrea gained her workforce expertise over 12 years as director of workforce development at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Franklin University. Andrea is a graduate of Leadership Columbus, and serves on the executive committee of the board to the Jazz Arts Group. Andrea is a health and fitness enthusiast and aspires to run a full or half marathon in all 50 states. Andrea lives with her husband, Larry, in the Brewery District.

Merry Korn


MerryKorn-150wMerry Korn, President and CEO of Pearl Interactive Network, is an experienced businesswoman with a master’s degree in social work, honed her business skills as senior vice president of marketing for American Health Holding, Inc. – a national medical management firm based in Worthington, Ohio. As part of a team of four founders, Merry grew American Health’s business from a startup company in 1993 to a firm that today has over 300 employees and 20 offices nationwide. In 2004, she founded Pearl Interactive Network, a social enterprise that blends a for-profit business with a social mission that provides work opportunities to the most challenged populations. Through Merry’s leadership, the company has grown to more than 500 employees in 26 states.

Tracy Maxwell Heard


Heard-150wTracy Maxwell Heard is the President of Millennium Solutions, Inc., a public policy, business and non-profit development firm with a specialization in social enterprise development. Heard has an extensive background in leadership roles. She is the former Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives also having given eight years of legislative service. In 2007 Heard established the Princess Brigade. Its purpose is to bring together young girls between the ages of four and fourteen around cultural exposure, community service and camaraderie. Girl Power is an initiative she created and presents to women around the state. It endeavors to engage women civically and politically.

Heard’s board service is extensive, but the one she serves on for herself and has just complete 18 months as National Board Chair with is WELD – Women for Economic and Leadership Development. She has been commended on numerous occasions with awards and national recognition for her work including having been bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her collective body of work in the Ohio legislature by Wilberforce University.

Benjamin Lagemann


BenLagemann150Benjamin Lagemann is CEO and Co-Founder of OHIoT, inc.

Zach Lawrence


ZachLawrenceZachary Lawrence, CFA, is Principal of Venture Corp Development.

Louisa Lee


louisa-lee-150Louisa Lee is Program Success Manager on the Innovations team at CoverMyMeds, where she tests and determines the viability and scalability of new products. A long road of startups brought her to this position. She came to Columbus in 2014 with Venture for America – a fellowship program that helps achieving college graduates find start up opportunities across America. Her passion for the startup world grew from an appreciation for environments that question its ability to think critically about how things are usually done. Her passion for startups and the social impact space naturally evolved into a passion for social enterprise and her co-founding role with GiveBackHack, a launch pad for social innovation that connects the tech and social impact spaces to build the foundation of a social enterprise

Louisa graduated Cum Laude from Williams College in Massachusetts, where she majored in Art History. Currently, she is also an organizer for Columbus’s Startup Weekend, which connects community members with the lean startup methodology.

Ernest Perry


Perry-150wErnest L. Perry, Jr. is President & CEO of HandsOn Central Ohio, one of the largest HandsOn organizations in the US and the largest 2-1-1 service provider in Ohio. Under his leadership, HandsOn is leveraging its information systems technology, data, and long history of mobilizing communities to support Central Ohio’s efforts to develop neighborhoods of opportunity. Prior to joining HandsOn, Ernest built a reputation as a leader in social enterprise, neighborhood development, collective impact and impact investing, and technology in Ohio and across the US. His experiences include providing Executive Leadership for Promise Neighborhoods and KnowledgeWorks, The Ohio State University, Junior Achievement, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Ernest was named one of Columbus Business First’s 20 Nonprofit Leaders to Know in 2014, and was recognized as a Top Nonprofit Executive in Eastern Pennsylvania in 2011. He is a Fellow of the African American Leadership Academy and graduate of United Way’s Project Diversity. Ernest is also a member of the Rotary Club, Board President for the Ohio affiliate of the US Association for Information & Referral Services and a Board Member of ARL Education Foundation.

Robert Shenton


Shenton-150wRobert is the Managing Partner of Plante Moran’s Central Ohio Region. He specializes in providing audit, tax, and business advisory services to privately held companies, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Robert is known for his leadership, communication and teambuilding skills, and unique ability to analyze complex issues via a practical, common-sense approach. Robert’s 25 years in public accounting include experience in real estate and construction, manufacturing and distribution, automotive, retail, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Robert is very active in the Columbus community. He is chair of the Experience Columbus Board and active with the Salvation Army, Jazz Arts Group, and Arthritis Foundation in Central Ohio. Robert has a B.A. in economics and management from Albion College. He completed the “Leadership of Professional Service Firms” program at Harvard University in 2012. In 2005, he was named to Business First’s “40 Under 40” list, and the publication recently recognized the firm as one of Columbus’s “Columbus Best Place to Work.” He is past chair of the Ohio Accountancy Board.

Nathan VanLaningham


NathanVanLaningham150NathanVanLaningham is the Senior Vice President of Finance at OhioHealth. Previously, Nathan has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, various roles at OhioHealth, Triad Hospitals Inc., and Banner Health System. Mr. VanLaningham has graduate degrees in Business and Accounting and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been working in healthcare finance since 1988.

Mr. VanLaningham has served in various roles earlier in his career. At Banner Health System, he worked in Revenue Cycle, Budgeting, Operational and Capital Planning and Operations Finance, completing his tenure as the Operations Finance Director for six hospitals in Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming. (1988-2002). He was also the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Triad/Community Health System in Barberton, Ohio (2002-2004), a for-profit hospital.

Mr. VanLaningham worked at OhioHealth (2004-2011), serving as the Vice President of Finance for Doctors Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was also assigned oversight for system net revenue, reimbursement, charge analysis and Dublin-Methodist Hospital finance teams. He has worked at the facility, regional and corporate level; for-profit and not-for-profit; small-rural facilities and large, complex tertiary hospitals. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Mr. VanLaningham focused on developing a finance team and infrastructure to support a newly formed multi-hospital, integrated delivery network. The system won upgrades from Fitch and S&P from AA- to AA during his tenure as well as the HFMA MAP high-performance Revenue Cycle award.

Community Investment Network of Central Ohio Advisory Board

  • Michael Bills, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • Nichole Dunn, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
  • Alex Fischer, Columbus Partnership
  • Dale Heydlauff, American Electric Power
  • Tom Katzenmeyer, Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • Doris Korda, Hawken School
  • Eric Lloyd, Otterbein University Graduate MBA Program
  • Craig Marshall, Ernst & Young
  • John Rush, CleanTurn
  • Bruce Soll, L Brands
  • Marty Sweterlitsch, Benesch
  • Tony Wells, The Tony R. Wells Foundation

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