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Dec 11, 2018
Ruling Our eXperiences expanding its impact nationwide helping girls find success

Lisa Hinkelman, a former professor at The Ohio State University (OSU), has turned a research study into a multi-state business. Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) is a nonprofit committed to equipping girls with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives. The organization achieves this by providing a K-12 school […]

Nov 29, 2018
Q&A with CleanTurn’s John Rush: Quiet Persistence Builds 2000 Percent Customer Growth

John Rush has started three for-profit businesses over the past six years that are committed to creating more stable lives for survivors of human trafficking, recovering drug addicts, the formerly incarcerated, and those that society has neglected. In six years, he has created 668 jobs and expanded his customer base by 2000 percent. CleanTurn’s brands […]

Nov 9, 2018
Social Enterprise In(form)ed Provides Compliance Services to Non-profit Organizations

In late 2015, when Teresa Trost, executive director of Community Shares of Mid Ohio, and her associate director at that time, Ryan Kovalaske, first considered social enterprise as a viable solution for generating earned revenue on behalf of Community Shares, they explored their strengths. With only one and a half full-time employees, human capital did […]

Oct 12, 2018
Social Enterprise Bikes For All People: Gear Up for Good

Bikes for All People (B4AP), the social enterprise bicycle shop owned and operated by Church and Community Development for All People (CD4AP), was launched in September 2014 to provide affordable, reliable and predictable services and support to all bicyclists on the South Side and beyond. A full-service bicycle shop that provides sales, service and accessories […]

Oct 5, 2018
Q&A with Steve Votaw: Two Startups Help Mission Keep up With Growing Needs

Steve Votaw has used his two degrees in criminal justice to tackle its underlying causes. He spent the first 18 years of his professional life expanding Directions for Youth and Families to a $8 million nonprofit serving at-risk families. For the past three years, Steve has served as president of the Furniture Bank of Central […]

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 […]

Sep 14, 2018
Family Mentor Foundation Launches Social Enterprise Mee Box

Kari Vernon left the security of a steady income and her passion for her decade-long career as a middle school teacher to launch the Family Mentor Foundation in 2013. Over the years, she witnessed the countless struggles children faced in their daily lives that created seemingly insurmountable obstacles to learning and developing to their fullest […]

Jul 31, 2018
Equitas Health’s Two Social Enterprises Continue to Grow

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center. One of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations, Equitas Health operates two social enterprises, Equitas Health Pharmacy and PRIZM Magazine. All of the profits from these two ventures […]

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 […]