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Dec 11, 2018
Ruling Our eXperiences expanding its impact nationwide helping girls find success

Lisa Hinkelman, a former professor at The Ohio State University (OSU), has turned a research study into a multi-state business. Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) is a nonprofit committed to equipping girls with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives. The organization achieves this by providing a K-12 school […]

Nov 29, 2018
Q&A with CleanTurn’s John Rush: Quiet Persistence Builds 2000 Percent Customer Growth

John Rush has started three for-profit businesses over the past six years that are committed to creating more stable lives for survivors of human trafficking, recovering drug addicts, the formerly incarcerated, and those that society has neglected. In six years, he has created 668 jobs and expanded his customer base by 2000 percent. CleanTurn’s brands […]

Oct 5, 2018
Q&A with Steve Votaw: Two Startups Help Mission Keep up With Growing Needs

Steve Votaw has used his two degrees in criminal justice to tackle its underlying causes. He spent the first 18 years of his professional life expanding Directions for Youth and Families to a $8 million nonprofit serving at-risk families. For the past three years, Steve has served as president of the Furniture Bank of Central […]

Sep 20, 2018
Bringing Convenience to Good Nutrition: Q&A with Anique Russell, Too Good Eats

Anique Russell left her job teaching special education in Columbus Schools to turn to social entrepreneurship dedicated to teaching parents about good nutrition through providing healthy snacks and nutrition education. With her husband she launched Too Good Eats in 2016. Targeted at families and moms in the 25 to 35 age group and operating out […]

Jul 30, 2018
Q&A with Lily Vail: Kiva expanding access to funding for entrepreneurs

Lily Vail leads the Kiva lending program in Columbus. The online platform allows small-business owners to access zero interest, crowdfunded loans that range from a few hundred dollars up to $10,000. In 2005, Kiva started as a platform to connect borrowers and lenders abroad. In the United States, it operates as a direct lending platform […]

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 […]

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 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 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 […]