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Oct 25, 2017
Nonprofits Demonstrate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Last night Central Ohio celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector at SocialVentures’ Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase.  Five nonprofits presented their plans for new social enterprises and joined nine other nonprofit-owned social enterprises in a Showcase for 140 members of the community to learn about their products and services and how every purchase they make can create social impact.

Oct 4, 2017
Don’t Wait for the Headlines

For all of our progress as a species, recent events have demonstrated just how vulnerable we all are. It only takes one individual, a single catastrophic event, to shatter the lives of thousands. In these moments, the universal truths of our human condition reveal themselves. They require no words; they are self-evident. When disaster strikes, […]

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.

Sep 14, 2017
Why Big Business Should Support Social Enterprise

I believe there is a case to be made for well-established businesses to view supporting social enterprises as an effective complement to their existing civic engagement.

Aug 29, 2017
New Service Offerings Now Available to Advance the Social Enterprise Sector

On August 15, 2017, SocialVentures (formerly the Center for Social Enterprise Development), joined by social entrepreneurs, funders and community partners, celebrated its third year, which included the launch of the organization’s new name and brand, SocialVentures. During the organization’s annual Positioned to Prosper event at the Columbus Museum of Art, SocialVentures’ President and CEO, Allen […]

Aug 17, 2017
A New Way to Connect Your Purchases to Social Impact

Our new website has dozens of new features, including training opportunities and information to connect experts and investors to social enterprises.  One especially valuable new service on our website is the Marketplace.  At the Marketplace you can search for local social enterprises.

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.