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Feb 16, 2017
The MidWest Is Getting On the Social Entrepreneurial Map

Central Ohio is getting on the map when one of the oldest social impact investors in the U.S., RSF Social Finance, cold calls the Center for Social Enterprise Development to ask to be introduced to our most dynamic local social enterprises and to some of our major local players.

Nov 23, 2016
Revisiting the Role of Small in Economic Development

While the “home run” of helping to found the next “google” is a worthy goal, it is more probable that a series of “singles” to found and support small, local “lifestyle” businesses may contribute more to increasing prosperity and reducing poverty in our community.

Oct 12, 2016
Charitable Giving Not Keeping Up with Demands on Nonprofits

Charitable giving as a share of nonprofit revenues in the U.S. has declined each year since 2008, reaching down to just 21 percent of nonprofit revenues by 2012. This decline has two causes: the inability of charitable giving to keep up and the decision by more nonprofits to develop new sources of earned revenue, often through social enterprise.

Oct 10, 2016
Social Entrepreneurship Needs More Women to Engage

I have to believe that encouraging both men and women to work jointly to start and invest in social enterprise will be more successful than creating gender-isolated programs. While high tech has enough single-gender momentum to need some gender catch up, social enterprise is still young enough for us to build gender diversity from the ground up. Let’s work to make that happen!

Aug 31, 2016
Equity Crowdfunding May Not Yet Be Right for Local Social Enterprises

Equity crowdfunding seems to be worthwhile to those companies that have already mastered reward crowdfunding. Few local social entrepreneurs have been successful in reward crowdfunding.

Aug 4, 2016
Cardinal Health Support Goes Beyond the Checkbook

We are partnering with Cardinal Health’s management development program called LEAD to evaluate the community’s need and desire to address this problem and to assess the technical challenges and demands of such an undertaking before we start fundraising for the project.

Jul 27, 2016
Taking Time to Celebrate

Next week I hope many will join us in celebrating our many steps. Those who register will receive an advance copy of our second annual State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio.

Jul 13, 2016
August Celebrates Social Enterprise in Central Ohio

August provides us three opportunities to celebrate the energy, excitement, and innovation of social enterprise in Central Ohio.

Jul 8, 2016
July’s Social Impact Feature: Blendoor and Pipeline Angels

Pipeline Angels Invest in Blendoor, an App that Focuses on Merit-based Hiring Practices Stephanie Lampkin launched her first startup during her years in business school. She spent two years of her life to put her concept to the test. When it became clear that the concept just wasn’t going to take off, she decided it […]

May 24, 2016
Evolving Sources of Capital for Local Social Entrepreneurs

The environment for attracting capital to social enterprise is changing, and here are a number of new ways for social entrepreneurs to tap capital to launch their businesses.