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It Doesn’t Have to Be a Business

For some of us, and for various reasons, starting a business is not in the cards. There is no doubt that launching and running a business requires a lot of work, and often it can be tedious and not all that glamorous. The heavy lifting required to get a project off the ground is often…

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Strategic Impact Planning Basics

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you’ve engaged the conversation around community transformation markers and the community engagement assessment. Having taken the time to discern, discuss and connect with community—friends, neighbors, collaborators, etc.—helps to better root the project within the natural rhythms of the community.  The next piece of the project is…

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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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