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Apr 13, 2018
Zero Waste Event Productions Poised to Capitalize on Capacity-Building Efforts

In 2011, Zero Waste Event Productions (ZWEP) first emerged as a project housed within the nonprofit Rural Action. Based in Athens, Ohio, the project initially focused solely on the Nelsonville Music Festival, and has since expanded into a fully operational social enterprise. Rural Action is a membership-based nonprofit working in the southeast and central eastern […]

Apr 4, 2018
Entrepreneur Believes National Scale Can Inhibit Social Impact: Q&A with Amber Runyon, Eleventh Candle Company

Amber Runyon founded Eleventh Candle Company in 2015 as a for-profit spin-off of her nonprofit, Legacy. Eleventh Candle Co. is a social enterprise whose social impact is to redeem, restore, empower, and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction. Working in tandem, the social enterprise provides the jobs and the funding for […]

Mar 17, 2018
A Community of Caring: Q&A with Kenny Sipes, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Kenny Sipes is Founder of The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, a social enterprise dedicated to alleviating hunger, unclean water, and human trafficking. 300 East Long Street, Columbus. SocialVentures’ President & CEO, Allen Proctor, interviewed Kenny last fall, and a version of this Q&A first appeared in Columbus Business First.  Roosevelt Coffeehouse opened in 2015. Initially next door […]

Mar 13, 2018
She Has A Name Cleaning Services Cultivates Career Mindsets for Former Victims of Human Trafficking

Prior to launching CleanTurn Enterprises in Columbus, Ohio, John Rush worked with organizations that helped those impacted by domestic violence and human trafficking in Chicago, Illinois. “During that time, the terminology that was most frequently used was ‘prostitution,’” said John Rush, president and CEO, CleanTurn Enterprises. “Over time, I’ve witnessed how simply changing this to […]

Mar 6, 2018
Using Social Enterprise to Amplify Nonprofit Mission

Alvis Inc., a nonprofit recognized in 2017 by The Columbus Foundation as a “nonprofit to watch,” provides programs and services to help those who have become involved in the justice system, care for those in need of substance abuse treatment, and enhance the independence of those with challenging developmental disabilities.  Knowing that job training means […]

Feb 21, 2018
ESG is not Social Enterprise

Talking about social enterprise and social impact is getting confusing because the words are being used to apply to any business that is good. We define social enterprises as  businesses that intentionally integrate social impact as a non-negotiable component of their business model through the people they employ or the social missions they support

Feb 13, 2018
Freedom a la Cart’s Next Big Moves to Combat Human Trafficking

Prior to becoming a volunteer with social enterprise Freedom a la Cart (Freedom), Paula Haines had heard about CATCH Court and Freedom from some friends. She attended a course presented by Freedom called Abolition U, which helped educate local citizens on the state of human trafficking in Central Ohio. She was stunned to learn the […]

Feb 5, 2018
Revising Social Impact Spurred A Decade of Growth

Pearl Interactive Network operates, staffs, or manages call centers for Federal agencies and prime contractors. It gives hiring priority to skilled and talented disabled veterans, veterans, military spouses, and the disabled. When Merry Korn founded Pearl Interactive network in 2004 as a for-profit social enterprise, the concept of basing a for-profit business on the creation […]

Jan 19, 2018
Generational Gap is Major Challenge Facing Social Entrepreneurs

Two recent studies highlight the generational gap which social entrepreneurs face. Demand for social enterprises’ goods and services is concentrated in the millennial generation while the capital to build their businesses is concentrated in the baby boom generation. 

Jan 17, 2018
CAREcutz Launching Platform to Train and Connect Salon Stylists with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

In 2009, Sean Black and Marvin Green came together while working for a home health care business, whose client base comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities. Within this community behavioral issues can be common, with medications often being the go-to solution to manage clients’ behavior. Green noticed shortcomings one of his clients was experiencing due […]