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Jul 9, 2021
Saying Goodbye to Plastic: Plastic Free July

Whether it’s a plastic cup from your local coffee shop, a plastic bag from the market, or the packaging of personal hygiene products, we all encounter plastic daily. While plastic goods provide convenience, it presents dangers to animals, natural resources, and the climate. Plastic can take anywhere from 20-500 years to decompose entirely into the […]

Jul 1, 2021
Welcoming Vicki Bowen Hewes

After seven years of leading SocialVentures, Chief Executive Officer, Allen Proctor, will be retiring on August 1, 2021, entrusting his position to community leader, Vicki Bowen Hewes. The search for a new CEO started in the fall of 2020 with a search committee led by Teressa Trost of Community Shares Mid-Ohio. The committee reviewed 90 […]

Jun 18, 2021
Support Social Enterprises this Father’s Day

Do you need help finding a last minute Father’s Day gift? There are many social enterprises in central Ohio that have perfect gifts to celebrate your father while also supporting important causes. Food, Coffee, & Desserts Global Gallery is Fairtrade and focuses on developing cultural enrichment through educational workshops and social events. Thirdway Café was […]

May 27, 2021
Socially Ethical Summer Wardrobe

Are you looking to give your summer closet a makeover with some new pieces that will keep you cool while also staying in style? Rather than shopping at the mall, support some of Columbus’ clothing social enterprises. Columbus has many clothing and jewelry social enterprises that allow you to spice up your closet while also […]

Apr 5, 2021
More Than Just a Bike Shop: How This Social Enterprise Provides Confidence & Support for Commuter Residents in Franklinton

When Jonathan Youngman first moved to Columbus in 2008, he quickly noticed something unique about the transportation habits of his neighbors.  Bike commuters were more prevalent than he had experienced before, from both an accessibility and affordability standpoint.  Despite the surplus of commuters, however, Youngman realized the lack of accessible bike maintenance shops in the […]

Mar 12, 2021
Petals with Purpose: How this Passion Project Bloomed into a Social Enterprise

Amanda Greenwood never thought her experience in and joy for event planning and floral design would become a socially-driven business bringing resources and education to homeless youth. “I’ve always had a passion for floral and event design, and also a passion for creating impact in the community,” the social entrepreneur says.  She recalls founding Petals That […]

Feb 15, 2021
SocialVentures Announces New Board Members

SocialVentures is proud to announce the appointment of five new members to the SocialVentures Board of Directors for 2021.   Joining the board, effective earlier this  month, are Katie Cramer, Tina Fisher, Doug Kelly, Demetrius Robinson and Matthew Orr. The new members will serve under Board Chair Andrea Applegate.  Katie Cramer  As the Philanthropy and Events Specialist […]

Feb 10, 2021
Too Good Eats Does Good for the Community, One Popsicle at a Time

What first began as an effort to sneak more vegetables into her son’s diet has become a social enterprise that helps provide nutrition resources and education for the community. In 2017, Anique Russell started Too Good Eats with husband, Ali, by creating popsicles and juices made from diverse fruits and vegetables for her children.  Anique […]

Jan 14, 2021
Classroom Yoga Program Helps Teachers & Students Practice Mindfulness During Remote Learning & Beyond

An organization created for educators, by educators. That’s how Lauren Greenspan describes Youth Yoga Project, a social enterprise created by herself and co-founder Julia Handelman.   After years of working in academia and public school settings, both Greenspan and Handelman stumbled upon a missing piece of the mental health aspect in K-12 education, for both students […]

Dec 17, 2020
Employing Human Trafficking Survivors Next Step for Social Enterprise Fourteen Twenty Nine

Growing up, Amanda Caldwell had no idea that her love and talent for baking would lead to immense impact in her community.  In 2018, Caldwell founded Fourteen Twenty Nine, a bakery with a social mission, in the kitchen of her home. But her support and deep desire to help started years prior, when she learned […]