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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 […]

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.