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Sep 24, 2019
A cut above: Lawn-care venture’s business strategy puts people first

Eddie Rapp operates two social enterprises owned by Lutheran Social Services. The businesses are dedicated to moving men out of homeless shelters by providing supportive employment to residents in the Lancaster shelter system. Fairhaven Lawncare and Patriot’s Pride Painting have a customer mix that is 60 percent commercial and 40 percent residential, with Franklin County […]

May 3, 2019
The social enterprise evolution: CleanTurn founder reflects on rapidly changing industry

When John Rush began contemplating a move from Chicago to Columbus nearly a decade ago to launch what would become CleanTurn, he knew he wanted to do something different. Something bigger and more flexible than a traditional nonprofit. Something that enabled the organization to partner with multiple nonprofits and the public without depending on grants […]