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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 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 […]

Jan 12, 2018
Connecting People to Where the Jobs Are

Aslyne Rodriguez and Jerry Tsai recently launched EmpowerBus, a social enterprise that is addressing the income gap in Central Ohio by providing reliable, on-time transportation for unskilled workers in the Morse Road corridor to the employers outside the beltway who are having difficulty finding enough reliable employees. They call it “creating corridors to employment and […]

Dec 4, 2017
Aunt Flow Founder Challenges Taboos While Fostering Change

Claire Coder is a remarkable entrepreneur: She launched her second startup at age 19, has relied heavily on social media and reality TV to build awareness of her product, and is on the cutting edge of a movement shared with a national foundation founded by local entrepreneur Nancy Kramer. Aunt Flow, whose tagline is “Helping […]

Nov 24, 2017
Lessons Learned Prompt Re-Launch

Double Comfort Restaurant was a popular spot in the Short North for great southern comfort food and a great drink. Founded in 2014 as a social enterprise, its Buy a Meal, Give a Meal® concept provided over 95,000 meals through local food pantries before it closed in Spring 2017. Social entrepreneur and founder Mary Lyski […]

Sep 20, 2017
Transparency and Advocacy Win Awards

The judges for our recent social enterprise awards program were drawn to those social enterprises that excelled in the transparency and public representation of their social impact. This facet of their work merits recognition because too many social enterprises tell a very weak story about their social impact or fail to tell the impact story at all.

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.

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.