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Here you will find fresh insights, stories, and resources on topics related to social enterprise, community development, and small business.

Business in the Neighborhood

By Adam Gustine | February 15, 2019

Over the past three years, CovEnterprises and LMDJ has hosted an intensive on social enterprise at Midwinter. Each year, we have gathered pastors and community development practitioners from inside and…

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Five Factors- Part 6- Material

By Adam Gustine | February 8, 2019

Lastly for our series on looking for natural advantages for your business, we come to the question of material. What does it take to run your business, specifically, what consumable…

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Five Factors- Part 5- Facility

By Adam Gustine | February 1, 2019

One of the biggest challenges a new enterprise will face will be absorbing high facility costs. If you are making loan or rent payments on a facility (likely meaning you…

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Five Factors- Part 4- Labor

By Adam Gustine | January 25, 2019

Looking for a natural advantage when it comes to labor costs is a 3rd factor that will impact the potential success of your enterprise. The challenge with looking for a…

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Five Factors- Part 3- Market

By Adam Gustine | January 18, 2019

A second factor that will have a serious impact on the viability of your enterprise is the question of the market for your business. Who is buying what you are…

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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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