July 31, 2018

The business model canvas, originally conceived by Alexander Osterwalder, is a simple, one-page tool anyone can use to design and refine how your enterprise creates value. I've been using it now for over five years, and have found it to be immensely useful, especially...

June 22, 2018

[This is the first in a series of posts about the development of The Village Coffeehouse, a social hub being designed and launched by local entrepreneur, Alice Hartling, in the beautiful village of Canning, Nova Scotia.]

Alice and I have been meeting regularly for the l...

June 1, 2018

After reviewing the many submissions to the Social Enterprise Challenge, I've selected the Village Coffeehouse as the winner. The Village Coffeehouse will be a new, community-based enterprise, with the goal of: 

Becoming "woven into the fabric of the community. A place...

May 25, 2018

Hello All -

The deadline for submissions to the Social Enterprise Challenge closed yesterday. I'm pleased to say that I received a wide range of submissions from across the Maritimes, from the concept stage on up to taking an established enterprise to scale in new mark...

May 10, 2018

It Isn't all About Loans and Grants...

Financing for your social enterprise, especially if you're a start-up, can be daunting. But there are several options beyond using your limited savings (or retained surplus if you're a nonprofit), bank loans (almost impossible to g...

April 21, 2018

4 Questions...

In last week's post, I introduced you to four questions that will help you assess the feasibility of your  ideas to start or grow your social enterprise: 

  1. Will it make the right impact?

  2. Can we really do it?

  3. Will paying customers cho...

April 13, 2018

"I've got this great idea for a new social enterprise!" says your board member. "We should really think about getting into  [insert type of enterprise]!" says your executive director. "This is a great opportunity!" Hmm... maybe yes, maybe no. How do you know whether th...

April 9, 2018

Innoweave is an initiative of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, which "helps passionate leaders of successful community organizations learn about, select, and implement new tools and approaches to generate greater impact and advance their missions." Innoweave prov...

March 30, 2018

Free download included at the bottom of this post.

If you spend any time talking about social enterprise, you'll quickly bump into the notion of the so-called "double bottom line", referring to financial and social bottom lines by which social enterprise performance is...

March 23, 2018

Hi There,

This is a follow-up to my previous post, entitled, "What is a Social Enterprise?"

Marshall Ganz, respected senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has recently co-published an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, entitled "S...

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