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Five Factors- Part 2- Capital

By Adam Gustine | January 11, 2019

The first of the five factors is capital. More specifically, the kind of capital you have access to that you are using to launch your enterprise.  Not surprisingly, many businesses…

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5 Factors- Part 1

By Adam Gustine | January 4, 2019

In our previous series, we wrestled with the question of impact. What kind of impact will your social enterprise venture make in the community? How do you know? How will…

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Start with Impact 6- Community Resiliency

By Adam Gustine | December 21, 2018

The final marker of community transformation that we think about when we evaluate the impact in community is the development of community resiliency. Similar to community flourishing, resiliency is not…

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Start with Impact 5- Community Flourishing

By Adam Gustine | December 14, 2018

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at ways to measure the impact in our community through the work of enterprise and economic development. Central to our core philosophy…

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Start with Impact 4- Development

By Adam Gustine | December 7, 2018

Last week, we looked at ways that social enterprise can pursue authentic community transformation by working to create pathways of opportunity in communities where folks experience a lot of brick…

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Start with Impact 3- Opportunity

By Adam Gustine | November 30, 2018

The first category of transformation we think about in CovEnterprises is Opportunity. We live in a world full of brick walls, particularly for folks who experience life on the social…

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Start with Impact 2- Transforming People and Place

By Adam Gustine | November 16, 2018

No matter how you frame it, probably, the ultimate goal of social enterprise is the transformation of people and/or place.  Of course, through the lens of the kingdom of God,…

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Start with Impact 1- Transformation

By Adam Gustine | November 9, 2018

Eric Reis’, in his book, The Lean Startup, talks about the temptation for business owners to use vanity metrics— numbers the project the appearance of success but which actually work…

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What is CovEnterprises?- TESTING

By Adam Gustine | October 29, 2018

By Adam Gustine Over the past month, we’ve been working through the base vision of CovEnterprises. What is this project all about? In the coming weeks, we will start to…

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What is CovEnterprises?- LAUNCH

By Adam Gustine | October 5, 2018

By Adam Gustine I get the chance to talk about CovEnterprises all the time and I always find myself breaking it down in different ways. My struggle is that there…

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