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Sep 14, 2017
Why Big Business Should Support Social Enterprise

I believe there is a case to be made for well-established businesses to view supporting social enterprises as an effective complement to their existing civic engagement.

Sep 1, 2017
Social Enterprise and Human Virtue

As everyone prepares for a well-deserved Labor Day weekend break, I am truly grateful for all the remarkably good businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model.  They embody the positive virtues of business. In that vein I would like to repeat Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue in hopes they may […]

Aug 23, 2017
Expert help for social entrepreneurs

When we talk with social entrepreneurs, they often say capital is what they most need.  Further discussion reveals they most need good advice and feedback. SocialVentures just announced several new ways to get that advice.

Aug 17, 2017
A New Way to Connect Your Purchases to Social Impact

Our new website has dozens of new features, including training opportunities and information to connect experts and investors to social enterprises.  One especially valuable new service on our website is the Marketplace.  At the Marketplace you can search for local social enterprises.

Aug 9, 2017
The Center for Social Enterprise Development is now SocialVentures

Starting today and continuing through August 15 we will be rolling out the exciting changes to the Center for Social Enterprise Development. Today you are receiving our first blog under our new name, SocialVentures.  Our new website www.socialventurescbus.com will go live August 15.  There you will see many valuable new features such as the social […]

Aug 2, 2017
New Fund to Support Social Enterprises

I am thrilled to announce that Social Ventures Fund, LLC had its first close and has come into formation.  It will remain open for new investors for the next 18 months.  This is a great opportunity for individuals, family funds, and companies to extend their philanthropy into their investment portfolio.

Jul 26, 2017
Mobilizing the Community

When this blog launched in 2005, there was a strong need to improve both understanding of and performance by nonprofits to create social impact efficiently and reliably.  Over the years the performance of local nonprofits improved immeasurably, particularly in the cultural sector.  Still, two recessions and a historically slow economic recovery leaves the financial sustainability of the nonprofit sector fragile.

Jul 12, 2017
The Elevator Pitch is More Than You May Think

The elevator pitch is a vivid and transparent way to reveal how well focused is the definition of product and customer. Its value is in revealing to entrepreneurs whether they have done enough work to create a customer / product / attribute / brand focus that warrants the next step of building a business plan.

Jun 21, 2017
Investing for Impact Needs to Mean Something

Impact investing is not a new term, but it has been expropriated by the general investment community as a marketing term that sounds more appealing than ESG and more specific than sustainable investing. This trend is making it more difficult to distinguish investment in companies that are committed to creating social impact, which we call social enterprises.

May 31, 2017
What makes a company good?

I welcome the number of efforts to recognize and encourage companies to do good in the community. Many labels are being created, yet it would be a mistake to make qualifying for a particular label the criterion for being considered a good company.