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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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.

Measurement Resources offering “Leading For Impact and Excellence” training

Join Measurement Resources on April 25 and 26, 2017 to learn the secrets of high-performing social sector leaders. High-performance expert, Sheri Chaney Jones and other special guests, will share practical and real-world tools used by the most successful social sector leaders. In this two-day interactive training, participants will receive the content, accountability, and support needed to transform their organization to one of high-performance. Center for Social Enterprise Development friends receive a $50.00 discount, enter code CSED at checkout.

Community Shares of Mid Ohio presents Spring 2017 workshops

The second of four workshops presented by Community Shares will focus on what “Moves Management.” The workshop will take place on March 23 at Lifecare Alliance.

Columbus Young Professionals hosting Social Impact Through Business event

Join CYP on March 16 for an event featuring social enterprises Bottoms Up and Bake Me Happy.

SEA Change Applications

Submit your application today to participate in SEA Change’s social enterprise accelerator. SEA Change is also seeking facilitators and mentors. Interested? Sign up to volunteer.

Congratulations, Columbus SOUP winners!

First place went to Youth Yoga Project, and the Arts and College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) took second. See photos from the February event and more on Facebook.

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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