Eleek, Inc. has been named one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” in Bloomburg BusinessWeek’s second annual U.S. roundup of social entrepreneurs. Twenty-five finalists were selected from more than 200 candidates suggested earlier this year by BusinessWeek.com readers, all of whom are considered a “social enterprise”—a sustainable business that creates social or environmental value alongside profit.
Eleek manufactures lighting, sinks and other home fixtures using a locally-manufactured materials and reusing scrap material discarded in its communities. Based in Portland, Ore., Eleek is partnered with a local nonprofit called the ReBuilding Center, which salvages reusable building materials.
BusinessWeek.com readers can vote for who they think should be crowned this year’s “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneur.” Voting ends July 25, and the five businesses with the most votes will be announced on the Small Business channel on July 29. Votes can be cast at images.businessweek.com/ss/10/06/0608_socialentrepreneurs/27.htm.