Social Enterprise

The Priory Restaurant and Jazz Club

Owned and operated by New Community Corporation and located in a renovated church, The Priory Restaurant and Jazz Club aims to provide training and employment for NCC residents and graduates, all while keeping Newark's jazz roots alive and providing income to support the CDC.  In addition to its restaurant component, which specializes in Creole and Cajun cuisine, Priory features free jazz music on Friday evenings and has a catering business. Read more about The Priory Restaurant and Jazz Club...

Sustainable Community Initiatives

Sustainable Community Initiatives works to incubate and facilitate the growth of social enterprises and public education programs that are guided by environmental values, foster community sustainability, and leverage, impact and promote local value creation and investment.  One project it supports is Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center that collects unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region, sells them to the public at low cost, and distributes free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.  In recent years, it has also worked with other community partners to establish eco-focused job training programs.

The Reuse Marketplace at Rochester Greenovation

Rochester Greenovation works to reduce waste and associated costs by providing and promoting alternatives for reusable materials, educating the public about the value of such materials, teaching people how to use recycled goods for practical and creative purposes, and providing a building deconstruction and salvage service.  Its Reuse Marketplace sells upcycled and repurposed furniture, housewares, decor, art, building materials, and similar items. Read more about The Reuse Marketplace at Rochester Greenovation...

REDF (formerly Roberts Enterprise Development Fund)

REDF provides funding, business connections, and operational expertise to help develop social enterprises that employ those who face the greater barriers to employment. Since 1997, REDF has supported 50 social enterprises that have helped 9,500 people in California and generated millions of dollars for local communities. By 2015, REDF expects to help 2,500 more Californian join the workforce. To increase connections and learning among social enterprises, REDF launched the Social Enterprise for Jobs (SE4Jobs) Working Group in 2010, which now includes 300 social enterprise leaders and operators, consultants and support providers, employers, investors, and workforce partners.

Old Skool Café

Founded by a former juvenile corrections officer who felt the system did not provide enough supports to help troubled youth turn their lives around, Old Skool Café provides education and training to at-risk, urban youth aged 16-22.  The four-month program provides paid apprenticeships to youth at a 1940’s styled supper club, where participants gain marketable employment skills as hosts, servers, chefs, and entertainers. The enterprise also collaborates with other community organizations, businesses, and churches to provide youth with a web of support to ensure their success. Read more about Old Skool Café...

New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures prepares disconnected youth for work and life by providing skill-building, individual support, and paid internships that enable youth to discover and achieve their potential.  New Door runs two social enterprises—Ashbury Images, a screen printing and embroidery business, and Pedal Revolution, a bike shop—with the goal of being financially-sustaining while providing its youth clients with opportunities to succeed.  New Door also partners with over 40 businesses in the Bay Area to provide internships for additional youth.  In 2013, New Door provided 142 youth internships, and 99 percent of its graduates went on to new jobs or higher education.

RecycleForce

Based in Indianapolis, RecycleForce is a nonprofit that provides low and no cost comprehensive recycling services across Indiana.  It sells the scrap metals and other reusable materials that it collects, and uses the revenues to support job training programs, employment opportunities, and supportive services for formerly incarcerated men and women.  With a staff of two when the enterprise opened in 2006, it now has 125 hourly workers and 20 salaried staff, and is credited with processing more than 28 million pounds of material since its inception.  In 2013, the enterprise generated over $6 million in revenue, of which 31 percent came from recycling sales.

Rebuilding the Wall

Founded in 2001, Rebuilding the Wall rehabs vacant inner-city homes and sells them at below-market prices to low-income families.  The work is completed by volunteers and its own construction crew, RtW Construction, which aims to create quality jobs for community residents.  The social enterprise also provides affordable home repair services to generate additional revenues to support its rehab work. Read more about Rebuilding the Wall...

Kheprw Institute

Established in 2004, Kheprw Institute is a community empowerment center in downtown Indianapolis focused on helping youth and adults realize their full potentials and make positive contributions to the community.  Key to the Institute’s approach are its four social enterprises, which aim to help youth become self-driven and passionate social entrepreneurs. Read more about Kheprw Institute...

Ready, Willing & Able

Ready, Willing & Able is a central piece of The Doe Fund, a nonprofit founded with the mission to help the homeless lead independent and productive lives. Read more about Ready, Willing & Able ...

Liberty’s Kitchen

Liberty’s Kitchen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of New Orleans youth by providing a path to self-sufficiency through food service-based training, leadership, and work-readiness programs.  The nonprofit’s training program targets at-risk youth age 16-24 who are out of school and work, and combines hands-on food service training with classroom instruction, individual case management, job placement services, and follow-up support. Read more about Liberty’s Kitchen...

Equitable Development in DC: Sustainability from Below

March 26th, 2015
Washington, DC

The conference, sponsored by ONE DC and George Washington University, will bring together residents of neighborhoods throughout Washington DC, organizers, students, scholars, elected officials, and others who are engaged in efforts to create sustainable equitable grassroots development, and more opportunites for wealth accumultion for residnets of traditionally underserved communties.  Read more about Equitable Development in DC: Sustainability from Below...

Youth Uprising (YU)

Youth Uprising (YU) aims to serve as a neighborhood hub, offering East Oakland youth programs designed to increase their physical and mental wellbeing, community connections, educational attainment, and career achievement.  To provide real-world employment experiences, it has four social enterprises, which include YU Eat (Corner’s Café), an onsite internet restaurant/café and catering service; YU Count, which offers IT, data input, enrichment, and analysis services to businesses and non-profits; YU Create, a media production company offering video production, soundtrack creation, and graph Read more about Youth Uprising (YU)...

The Stride Center

The Stride Center aims to help individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area achieve self-sufficiency.  To do so, it provides comprehensive career services to help people with barriers to employment access careers in the technology economy.  It operates a social enterprise, ReliaTech, which offers low-cost technology support and tools to underserved communities while providing jobs and paid internships to Stride students and graduates, and 100 percent of its net income supports the Center’s operating expenses.  With four locations in the Bay Area, Strive enrolled 346 students a Read more about The Stride Center...

Peralta Service Corporation (PSC)

A subsidiary of the Unity Council, Peralta Service Corporation (PSC) aims to provide Oakland residents with on-the-job training and living wage employment, while providing the general public with reliable, reasonably priced, and eco-friendly public area maintenance services.  Specific services include pressure washing, litter and trash pick-up, graffiti removal, public space and common area maintenance, custodial services, light repairs, landscaping, and festival cleanup.  In FY 2012, PSC generated over $1.3 million in revenues to support the Unity Council’s programs. Read more about Peralta Service Corporation (PSC)...

Inner City Advisors

Inner City Advisors is a nonprofit technical assistance group that helps build sustainable and responsible businesses that create quality jobs, reinvest in the community, and contribute to building a strong and vibrant local economy. Since its founding, the group has helped to create and retain over 7,000 jobs in the Bay Area, creating or retaining 2,717 jobs in 2013 alone that pay an average hourly wage of $14.50 and generate over $68 million in total wealth for the local community. Read more about Inner City Advisors...

Esperanza Unida

Esperanza Unida was founded in 1971 to help Milwaukee residents become self-sufficient and bring greater prosperity to the Milwaukee South Side. To do so, the nonprofit group ran training programs in such areas as auto repair and sales, welding, metal fabrication and construction that doubled as businesses, and then used earned revenues to fund its operations. For decades, the organization was a national social enterprise leader, helping over 2,300 people obtain jobs and grossing over $2 million in earned income annually from business operations. Read more about Esperanza Unida...

Troop Café

Created in 2013 by the Center for Veterans Issues, a Milwaukee nonprofit that provides transitional housing and a range of supportive services to U.S. veterans, Troop Café serves affordable, healthy breakfasts and lunches to the general public while providing food service and hospitality training to Center clients. The Café is located in Veterans Manor, a $12 million, 52-unit apartment building for low-income veterans also run by the Center. All Café profits are funneled back into its job training program. Read more about Troop Café...

Coffee with Conscience

Owned and managed by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), which provides business/financial education and access to fair capital to Wisconsin residents, Coffee with Conscience is a social enterprise that sells organic, fair-trade coffee and baked goods prepared by WWBIC clients in its two Milwaukee-based cafes. The enterprises’ revenues support 18 percent of WWBIC’s annual work. Read more about Coffee with Conscience...