Posts by Adam Gustine

Community Transformation- An introduction

We’ve mentioned before on the blog that beginning by naming the impact you want to make is essential to the work of social enterprise. Below is a chart we’ve been using for years to help folks think through (in an initial sense) how to get specific on the kinds of transformation effects they hope to…

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Community Connectedness- How are we doing?

One of the easy pitfalls in social enterprise, and any kind of economic or community development initiative you might plan, is the temptation to engage the project ‘in’ a community, but all the while disconnected from it. Deep roots in a neighborhood are hard to come by but the fruit of such work is critical…

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Training Resources!

Hey all, We’ve been working this year to develop a plan for delivering training and resources to you and to curate the best learning and practices we can to ensure that your discernment and planning around social enterprise and economic development is as solid as possible. For three years we have hosted an intense and…

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Meet the NEW Enterprises- I Have a Dream Academy

We are so excited to be able to announce our latest launches with CovEnterprises! These are projects a long time in the making and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them and help launch these two ventures that we trust God will grow incredible fruit through! Help us celebrate their success! The…

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Meet the NEW Enterprises- Woven Restoration

We are so excited to be able to announce our latest launches with CovEnterprises! These are projects a long time in the making and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them and help launch these two ventures that we trust God will grow incredible fruit through! Help us celebrate their success! The…

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Meet the Enterprises- Jubilee Ventures

Jubilee Ventures is an economic incubator in South Bend, IN. Their mission is to extend opportunity, restoration and ownership to the margins. Practically, that means that the primary impact that Jubilee Ventures seeks to make is to create a community of local businesses owned by members of the community. The hope is to see one…

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Meet the Enterprises- Ace Coffee Bar

Ace Coffee Bar is a youth development project in Minneapolis, MN. This specific enterprise is a venture of Ace in the City, a neighborhood development organization that has been engaged in their community for over a decade. Some of the statistics that went into the formation of this initiative are startling. A quarter of students…

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Meet the Enterprises- 5000 Pies and FOL Design

Fountain of Life Church in West Long Beach, CA is home to two social enterprises and a wealth of Kingdom fruit. 5000 Pies is a pizza shop across from the community high school. Their mission is transform the lives of young adults in West Long Beach through culinary training and life skills coaching. The stories…

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Meet the Enterprises- Common Ground Enterprises

Common Ground Covenant Church in Jackson, MS is a church with a serious vision for its community. West Jackson is the epicenter for the Kingdom fruit being born out by this band of disciples with a vision to see God at work transforming people and place. Part of that vision includes the development of businesses…

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Meet the Enterprises- Fleurish Industries

Fleurish Industries is the social enterprise arm of The Restoration Initiative for Culture and Community in New Orleans, LA. Started by Canal Street Church, the Restoration Initiative’s vision for Fleurish Industries is to ‘provide an environment of hope through job training and employment’ in a way that resists the spread of violence, gang activity and…

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