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Jun 12, 2017
Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op Hires Community Health Worker

The national average of infant mortality is 5.82 deaths annually for every 1,000 live births. In Franklinton, the rate currently hovers between 17 and 21. Ohio’s 2015 statistics reveal an alarming disparity; 15 Non-Hispanic Black babies died per 1,000, compared to 5.5 Caucasian. Reducing these staggering statistics became the impetus behind the launch of social enterprise Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op, Franklinton’s coffee shop and co-working space, where delicious empanadas and coffee are served with a cause.

May 12, 2017
OSU Fisher College of Business’ Lean Six Sigma Students Improve Efficiencies for Social Enterprises

The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) and The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business have partnered to match local social entrepreneurs with undergraduate business students for a Lean Six Sigma development initiative. This is the third semester of the partnership, in which students apply business operations management skills to benefit organizations in a real-world setting.

Apr 17, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Urban Farms Launches Veggie Box Program; Aims to Surpass 40,000 Pounds of Produce in 2017

In 2012, Mid-Ohio Foodbank started exploring social enterprise opportunities with community partners. Among the mission-aligned opportunities they identified, they landed on transforming vacant land into thriving, chemical-free farm operations. Today, Urban Farms of Central Ohio is a key initiative of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In 2016, the venture produced more than 40,000 pounds of fresh vegetables. Fresh food is a key part of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s work – nearly half of the food they distribute is fresh.

Mar 10, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Global Gallery Fair Trade Coffee, Art & Gifts Offers Local Haven for International Impact

In 1991, four churches joined forces with a common vision of bringing Fair Trade products from around the world to the Columbus market. These groups created Global Gallery, a nonprofit gift shop which first debuted in Columbus’ Short North Arts District. Since that time, Global Gallery has provided opportunities for more than 1,500 international artisans […]

Feb 24, 2017
Social Impact Feature: Furniture Bank launches second social enterprise to help seniors downsize

The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio recently launched its second social enterprise, Downsize with a Heart, a full-service business designed to help seniors and their loved ones plan for and implement a transition strategy. Whether their client  simply needs to relocate or is moving into an assisted living situation, Downsize with a Heart provides a […]

Feb 10, 2017
February’s Social Impact Feature: Deaf Initiatives’ Keepsake Theme Quilts Strives for Sustainable, Responsible Growth

Founded in 1998, the nonprofit Deaf Initiatives works to strengthen the potential of youth who are deaf and or hard of hearing. Deaf Initiatives’ Executive Director Meredith Crane foresaw the need to build and grow a social enterprise to support and sustain the nonprofit’s initiatives. In 1999, Deaf Initiatives launched its social enterprise, Keepsake Theme […]

Nov 14, 2016
November’s Social Impact Feature: Furniture Bank Increases Self-Sufficiency Through Social Enterprise Thrift Store

Two years ago, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio faced a reduction in half of its revenue. Due to a change in a long-time sponsor’s giving structure, the Furniture Bank had three years to identify how to replace $1 million in lost revenue. “To ensure a smooth transition, the Furniture Bank board created a Strategic […]

Oct 21, 2016
October’s Social Impact Feature: More Than Scholarships, Flora Stationery Funds Futures

When Ashley VanBuskirk was pursuing a degree in international studies and journalism from Miami University (Ohio), she took a summer-long internship at a national news agency based in Kosovo. Her assignments, typically human interest stories, led her to a woman named Ema, who couldn’t afford a college education because her father had died a few […]

Sep 9, 2016
September’s Social Impact Feature: Alvis’ Social Enterprise, Nature’s Touch Landscaping & Lawn Care

Individuals who have recently been released from prison face a multitude of challenges. From housing and employment to transportation, multi-offenders struggle to access the necessary resources for day-to-day survival, let alone self-sufficiency, outside prison walls. While this narrative rings true throughout the United States, Columbus’ Alvis, Inc. has been dedicated to this sector for nearly […]

Aug 12, 2016
Center for Social Enterprise Development Celebrates Year Two

On August 2, 2016, the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED), joined by social entrepreneurs, funders and community partners, came together for its second annual Positioned to Prosper event at the Columbus Museum of Art. Since CSED’s inception, more than 85 local social enterprises have been identified, making social enterprise one of the fastest-growing sectors […]