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Aug 9, 2017
The Center for Social Enterprise Development is now SocialVentures

Starting today and continuing through August 15 we will be rolling out the exciting changes to the Center for Social Enterprise Development. Today you are receiving our first blog under our new name, SocialVentures.  Our new website will go live August 15.  There you will see many valuable new features such as the social […]

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.

Mar 22, 2017
How Important is Measuring Impact?

Impact measurement has the potential to be a powerful marketing tool for social enterprises and nonprofits but recent interviews reveal a preference for stories as validation of the “social” value of social enterprises and nonprofits.

Mar 15, 2017
Entrepreneurship: Recent Lessons

As we learn more about what works in fostering more entrepreneurship, here are a number of recent lessons for economic development officials, grant-makers, investors, and entrepreneurs that can help Central Ohio continue to develop a thriving environment for new businesses.

Jan 23, 2017
Will Current Worries Prompt More Focus on Social Entrepreneurship?

There is a flood of worry among nonprofits about where federal funding may go and whether there may be changes in the tax laws that would diminish the incentive for charitable giving. Nonprofits have needed to have a backup plan for sustaining their mission long before 2017.

Jan 12, 2017
Wants versus Needs

One of the biggest challenges in conceptualizing a profitable business by a nonprofit is the distinction between wants and needs. Having 501c3 status makes resolution of this dilemma not straightforward.

Dec 19, 2016
Make Impact Part of Every Day in 2017

Here are six ways you can make yourself more impactful in the coming months: volunteering, consumer purchases, company purchases, lending, investing, donating.

Dec 8, 2016
A Social Enterprise Take on Benchmarking Central Ohio 2016

I view the recently released benchmarking report on Central Ohio as a call to action to make social enterprise the focus of local economic development in contrast with the conventional development approach of million-dollar concessions to large or hi-tech companies.

Nov 30, 2016
Shop Smart, Shop Social

When you think about how you can give back to the community, continue to make charitable contributions and volunteer your time. But in the coming year, consider channeling some of your everyday purchases to support a cause you believe in. I call it #Shopsocial.