We all want to make an impact in the world. We want to do something that no matter how big or small it is, it will leave the world better than we found it. For example, have you ever noticed how some food and beverage businesses use paper or biodegradable straws? This small change has significant impacts on our environment and the potential harm on animals that can come in contact with plastic straws.
When a social impact practice and solution like this is implemented through your business, you may then be considered a Social Enterprise. There are many other processes that you can follow to make a huge impact, like on helping individuals facing economic challenges. By offering employment to even one individual facing economic challenges in your community, you can have a lasting impact on their life and the health and well-being of this person’s life and our economy.
One of the most important goals of our Social Enterprise Program is making lasting positive impacts in the community. Through our efforts we are looking to support small businesses to offer job opportunities to individuals who are facing challenges in finding and securing a quality job. From helping a working mom struggling to find child care for her children, or someone needing transportation to and from work – we want to help businesses looking to make impacts build the systems needed to implement these practices effectively.
While it might take time, effort and education – our Social Enterprise initiative exists to be your partner through the entire process. If you are interested in learning more about this program and how you can get started, please submit your information here. Once your application is submitted you will hear back from our Program Manager, Theresa Hernandez to schedule an in-depth discussion to discuss next steps.