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Mar 6, 2018
Using Social Enterprise to Amplify Nonprofit Mission

Alvis Inc., a nonprofit recognized in 2017 by The Columbus Foundation as a “nonprofit to watch,” provides programs and services to help those who have become involved in the justice system, care for those in need of substance abuse treatment, and enhance the independence of those with challenging developmental disabilities.  Knowing that job training means […]

Feb 13, 2018
Freedom a la Cart’s Next Big Moves to Combat Human Trafficking

Prior to becoming a volunteer with social enterprise Freedom a la Cart (Freedom), Paula Haines had heard about CATCH Court and Freedom from some friends. She attended a course presented by Freedom called Abolition U, which helped educate local citizens on the state of human trafficking in Central Ohio. She was stunned to learn the […]

Feb 5, 2018
Revising Social Impact Spurred A Decade of Growth

Pearl Interactive Network operates, staffs, or manages call centers for Federal agencies and prime contractors. It gives hiring priority to skilled and talented disabled veterans, veterans, military spouses, and the disabled. When Merry Korn founded Pearl Interactive network in 2004 as a for-profit social enterprise, the concept of basing a for-profit business on the creation […]

Jan 17, 2018
CAREcutz Launching Platform to Train and Connect Salon Stylists with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

In 2009, Sean Black and Marvin Green came together while working for a home health care business, whose client base comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities. Within this community behavioral issues can be common, with medications often being the go-to solution to manage clients’ behavior. Green noticed shortcomings one of his clients was experiencing due […]

Jan 12, 2018
Connecting People to Where the Jobs Are

Aslyne Rodriguez and Jerry Tsai recently launched EmpowerBus, a social enterprise that is addressing the income gap in Central Ohio by providing reliable, on-time transportation for unskilled workers in the Morse Road corridor to the employers outside the beltway who are having difficulty finding enough reliable employees. They call it “creating corridors to employment and […]

Dec 11, 2017
Fairhaven Lawn Care Provides Employment Opportunities for Individuals on the Path to Sobriety

Fairhaven Lawn Care, LLC was the first of two social enterprises launched by Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission of Fairfield County office. Based in Lancaster, OH, Fairhaven Lawn Care was founded in 2008 to support LSS’ mission of creating a better world by serving people in need. Fairhaven Lawn Care employs clients of Faith […]

Dec 4, 2017
Aunt Flow Founder Challenges Taboos While Fostering Change

Claire Coder is a remarkable entrepreneur: She launched her second startup at age 19, has relied heavily on social media and reality TV to build awareness of her product, and is on the cutting edge of a movement shared with a national foundation founded by local entrepreneur Nancy Kramer. Aunt Flow, whose tagline is “Helping […]

Nov 24, 2017
Lessons Learned Prompt Re-Launch

Double Comfort Restaurant was a popular spot in the Short North for great southern comfort food and a great drink. Founded in 2014 as a social enterprise, its Buy a Meal, Give a Meal® concept provided over 95,000 meals through local food pantries before it closed in Spring 2017. Social entrepreneur and founder Mary Lyski […]

Oct 25, 2017
Nonprofits Demonstrate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Last night Central Ohio celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship in the nonprofit sector at SocialVentures’ Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase.  Five nonprofits presented their plans for new social enterprises and joined nine other nonprofit-owned social enterprises in a Showcase for 140 members of the community to learn about their products and services and how every purchase they make can create social impact.

Oct 4, 2017
Don’t Wait for the Headlines

For all of our progress as a species, recent events have demonstrated just how vulnerable we all are. It only takes one individual, a single catastrophic event, to shatter the lives of thousands. In these moments, the universal truths of our human condition reveal themselves. They require no words; they are self-evident. When disaster strikes, […]