Center for Social Enterprise Development

The Center for Social Enterprise Development offers resources, programs, bootcamps on social enterprise and acts as a primary network for social enterprise activity in Central Ohio.

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Community Shares of Mid Ohio presents Spring 2017 workshops

The third of four Continuing Fundraising Education workshops presented by Community Shares will focus on what “Words.” Learn how to tell your organization’s compelling story in order to effectively communicate. We will discuss how to write an appeal letter, case for support, e-blast, stewardship letter, grant narrative and annual report. The workshop will take place on April 27, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, at the offices of Community Shares of Mid Ohio, located at 1699 West Mound Street, Columbus OH 43223. Seating is limited, register today.

Columbus Startup Week: May 8–12

Join Allen Proctor for his session, “Are You a Social Enterprise, Conscious Capitalist, B-Corp, or Non-Profit?” at Startup Week,  Wednesday, May 10 at 1pm. Learn more and register at:  #CMHStartupWeek

ARTrepreneur Workshop Series: May 10–June 5

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise at The Ohio State University, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Creative Control Fest, and Mosaic Education Network present The ARTrepreneur Workshop Series (AWS).

Columbus SOUP: May 21 at Idea Foundry

This round’s theme is education. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Five Groups Selected for SE Catalyst 2017

The Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED) will launch its second round of SE Catalyst,™ an intensive eight-month immersion initiative for Central Ohio nonprofits who wish to develop sustainable, social enterprise ventures. Five nonprofit groups in Central Ohio will participate in CSED’s second SE Catalyst cohort: Center for Balanced Living, Columbus International Program with US Together, Equality Ohio, Rebuilding Together Central Ohio, and YMCA of Central Ohio.

Seven social enterprises begin Six Sigma with OSU Fisher College of Business

The Center has begun its third semester of collaboration with the OSU Fisher College of Business in using social impact as one of the improvement objectives for the Six Sigma continuous improvement methodology. Led by Professor Cheryl Dickerson, each semester several teams of OSU undergraduates studying Six Sigma methods work with Central Ohio social enterprises to reduce time or improve accuracy of a component of the enterprise’s operations while incorporating a measure of social impact as one of the measurements of success of the improvements. Local social enterprises participating in the third session include: Clarfield Urban Farm, ECDI, Glass Axis, Habitat for Humanity ReStores, HireLevel Auto, Hot Chicken Takeover and Roosevelt Coffee House. The goal of the program is two-fold. The first is to work with a social enterprise over three to four semesters to continuously improve their operations. The second is to demonstrate that social impact can be effectively incorporated into the goals of continuous operational improvement. Contact us to learn more about this program.

Now Available: The 2016 Report of the State of Social Enterprise in Central Ohio

It takes a community for social innovation to thrive. As we celebrate the Center for Social Enterprise Development’s (CSED) inaugural year, we would like to provide a snapshot of our community’s progress in fostering social innovation and social enterprise throughout Columbus.



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