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Jun 28, 2018
Q&A with YXU: Building a Business by Building Community

YXU is a for-profit clothing company that sells branded shirts and sponsors community events intended to empower and encourage young adults. The company’s name and logo is “YOU” with an X through the “O” representing its tag line, “Leave Your Mark.” Founded in 2016, YXU believes that every individual can make a difference when they […]

Jun 19, 2018
Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

Over the past four years, Central Ohio has experienced a rapid expansion of the social enterprise movement. Strong and growing, today it numbers over 100 social enterprises. To continue this momentum, SocialVentures has introduced sponsorship packages as a way to showcase our community’s belief in business as the key to creating significant and lasting social […]

May 15, 2018
Glass Axis Gears Up to Host Kids Summer Camps & Visiting Artist Workshop Series

Founded in 1987, Glass Axis has been Columbus’ long-standing hub for creating opportunities through advancing glass art education. Launched by a handful of alumni of The Ohio State University who were in need of a studio to hone their craft, the intent was to create a space where the community could engage with artists and […]

May 4, 2018
Fairhaven Lawn Care social enterprise helping to end homelessness through employment

Eddie Rapp founded Fairhaven Lawn Care in 2008 to provide jobs and housing to the homeless in Lancaster. Four years later he launched Patriot Pride Painting Co. to do the same for homeless veterans. Fairhaven provides residential and commercial lawn care throughout Central Ohio and Patriot Pride provides residential and commercial interior and exterior painting […]

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