Skip to main content

Blog Posts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nov 11, 2020
“Hybrid” Festival for Good Aims to Safely Bring the Social Enterprise Community Together

The street is packed with thousands of people. Music is playing from two stages. Food trucks line the curb and vendors are eagerly selling their products to interested customers. And all money goes to support the community. Sound too good to be true? Enter: The Festival for Good.  Originally called the SEA Change Festival, The […]

Oct 13, 2020
Fashion with Compassion: How this Handmade Line is Making an Impact Abroad

In 2018, Amber Hammond arrived to Colombia on a girl’s trip with a close friend who is native to the region of La Guajira, where they would be staying. It was there where Hammond had her first experience with Colombian fashion, culture, and the socioeconomic inequity that makes up much of the country. During a […]

Sep 11, 2020
How a Conversation Over Dinner Turned Into a “Hub” for Social Awareness – and Coffee

In 2017, the doors to Third Way Café opened in the Greater Hilltop area at 3058 W. Broad St., its owner blissfully unaware of the booming social enterprise it would soon become.  “It’s a coffee shop with a different outlook on things,” Owner Tim Rush explains. The café, which was named to represent a “third […]