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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 […]

Mar 3, 2021
March is Women’s History Month

Here are some women in the midst of making history through positive social change and entrepreneurship in Columbus, OH.  Claire Coder of Go Aunt Flow is committed to ensuring everyone has access to menstrual products. Amber Hammond of Ciela Handmade collaborates with diverse communities to deliver unique women’s accessories that improve the lives of women […]

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 […]

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 […]