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We Need To Think Bigger – Learnings From the Social Enterprise World Forum

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social entrepreneurs from around the world to come together, connect, build networks, and focus on how we can create a more sustainable future. This year,…

Funding Sources for Non-Profit and For Profit Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurship is about using entrepreneurship (customers revenue!) to help solve community, social, or environmental challenges. Just because social entrepreneurs use customers to help fund their models doesn’t mean that grants shouldn’t also help fund…

Vernon Small Business Week Talks Social Enterprise

Small Business Week only happens once a year, spans one week, and covers both timely and timeless topics ranging from social enterprise development to selling your product beyond BC. This year, small business week kicks…

Local Charities Get Boost From New Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

Today, United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union, announced the recipients of the inaugural investments from the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund. In Penticton, the Okanagan School of the…

Social Enterprise Profile: Kamloops Music Collective

The Kamloops Music Collective is committed to building a vibrant and diverse music culture in Kamloops by offering music-based programs to youth in the community. Through their education and programs, the Kamloops Music Collective inspires…

The Start Fresh Story: Looking Back at the 12 Month Scramble

It started with a simple idea of hosting monthly cooking classes at the CMHA, and grew from a side step into a full-on journey. The classes were instantly popular. A farm was donated. The classes…

Local Mentors to Support Kamloops Social Enterprises

Development of social enterprise is often decidedly local. Local people respond to local challenges. Kamloops Food Policy Council, Kamloops Music Collective, and the Lived Experience Committee are three good examples. While they each borrow people…

Social Enterprise Profile: Trellis

Trellis is an online platform that enables charities and non profits to showcase their impact and raise funds from their donors. Their software allows fundraising professionals and their donors the ability to simply create and…

Let’s Move the Dial. For Real.

Let’s get this on the table. And then clear the table. We (that includes you) are all tired of the dial not moving on community, social, and environmental challenges. At times it feels like we’re…

City of Kamloops Awards Inaugural Social Enterprise Accelerator Program Grants

Kamloops, BC – City Council has authorized the recommendations from the Social Planning Council to award the initial grants from the new Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA) Program, as well as nine Social Planning Grants. The City…

SXSW Report: Start With Your Own Soil

At the end of February Brian Smith, CEO of Persephone Brewing and Rhiza Capital, discussed the importance of tilling your own soil. It took a trip to India for him to recognize this for the…

Social Innovation Key Theme in Global and Local Startup Weekends

In 2017, Social Innovation & Sustainable Development were some of the most common themes chosen around the world for Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event where participants can kickstart their entrepreneurial journey…