Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

For the roughly five million formerly incarcerated individuals living in the U.S. - and millions more that have some type of criminal record - finding honest jobs can be like looking for a needle in a haystack....
In 2016, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio launched its first social enterprise, Furniture with a Heart, a furniture thrift store, followed by its second venture in 2017, Downsize with a Heart, a service-based enterprise helping individuals declutter,...
Like so many social enterprises, Roosevelt Coffee Roasters is working hard to build the long-term sales pipeline that will empower the organization to create significant social change. But long before the organization can break through the barriers...
SocialVentures hosted its third annual Nonprofit Sustainability Showcase event at Vue Columbus on February 7, 2019. Four SocialVentures’ Nonprofit Catalyst participants shared their social enterprise concepts with more than 200 attendees. These four nonprofits will join the...
In January 2017, EmpowerBus was just an idea on paper and comprised two components: one that involved providing children with safe, reliable school transportation, and another one for workforce transportation. Later that year, EmpowerBus co-founders Jerry Tsai...
From a field of over 50 applicants, six local non-profits have been selected for the inaugural Philanthropitch Columbus competition. The social enterprise fast pitch competition accelerates non-profits by providing unrestricted capital and access to in-kind services that help organizations...
As social enterprises grow in popularity, consumers want to know that the organizations they support live up to their claims of integrating social impact into their business models. A new program will provide that validation for socially-conscious businesses in...
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...

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