Category Archives: social enterprise

More Business Are Heeding the Call to be a Force for Good

Climate Change. Inequality. Political dysfunction and divisiveness. These are some of the monumental challenges we face in the year ahead. One encouraging note is that businesses are increasing stepping up and embracing the role of business as a force for good. The most visible sign of this is the B Corp. movement. Since its beginnings […]

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A Native American Brand Turns to Crowdfunding to Fulfill its Mission

When Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen started Native American Natural Foods in 2006, they had a vision as vast as the Great Plains themselves: to create a brand that could restore the buffalo to native lands and, in the process, regenerate the community, culture and economy of one of the Lakota people that live there. […]

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A Native American Brand Turns to Crowdfunding to Fulfill its Mission

When Karlene Hunter and Mark Tilsen started Native American Natural Foods in 2006, they had a vision as vast as the Great Plains themselves: to create a brand that could restore the buffalo to native lands and, in the process, regenerate the community, culture and economy of the Lakota people that live there. The company, […]

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Move Over Mickey: Central Florida Builds a Hub for Social Enterprise

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism—think Mickey Mouse and performing dolphins. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneur-ship hub. The latest step in that direction: a new Orlando-based accelerator for social enterprises. The Central Florida Social Enterprise […]

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Move Over Mickey: Central Florida Builds a Hub for Social Enterprise

Central Florida’s economy depends a lot on tourism—think Mickey Mouse and performing dolphins. But a growing number of movers and shakers in the region are trying to diversify by turning the area into a social entrepreneur-ship hub. The latest step in that direction: a new Orlando-based accelerator for social enterprises. The Central Florida Social Enterprise […]

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Incubating Change: Startup Accelerators Help Social Enterprises Grow

On Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, a stylish loft occupies the sixth floor of a nondescript building. The bright, open space teems with art, from splashy graffiti to elegant sculptures. A diverse crowd — including 20-something hipsters and business-casual boomers — gazes at laptops and clusters around tables, chatting and sipping from mugs. At first glance, this could […]

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A Program for Budding Social Entrepreneurs in Need of a Mission

`There is no shortage of accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces geared towards social entrepreneurs. But what about the person who wants to use a for-profit business model to do something that matters—and doesn’t quite have the right idea yet? There’s not much available for those pre-idea individuals. A new pilot project aims to fill that […]

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Red Bull Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Comes to Baltimore

More and more successful companies are giving back by helping fledgling entrepreneurs get their ventures off the ground.  Boston Beer (aka Sam Adams) offers loans and mentoring through its Brewing the American Dream program. Yogurt superstar Chobani runs an incubator for food startups. Now Red Bull is the latest to join the party. The energy drink seller is […]

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When it Comes to Funding, This Social Enterprise Gets Creative

Opening a grocery store in a food desert in West Oakland is not easy—just ask Brahm Ahmadi. Despite strong community support, he’s had to get creative to when it comes to funding and building his social enterprise. After several years, he’s finally nearing his goal, having raised money from the community and partnered with a […]

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Social Impact Investing: the Outlook for 2017

For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by […]