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Start Up Library
The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide, 2nd Edition – Enterprising Non ProfitsThis guide attempts to answer important questions, including; How can you tell if your group is ready to embark on a social enterprise? What are the steps in a social enterprise planning process? How do you identify and assess enterprise opportunities? How do you plan for a social enterprise? How can you measure social returns in a business setting? What do you need to know about the legal context? The guide is directed at project managers, executive directors, directors, and staffs of a wide range of organizations that are starting to develop or think about creating a new enterprise or expanding/formalizing their existing revenue-generating programs. It will also be useful for students, corporate social responsibility businesses, government, industry, and funders. https://www.vancitycommunityfoundation.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/Final_SEGuide_V2l_LowRes.pdf
Social Enterprises in Canada: Structural Options – MaRSThis 2012 article considers various structural options for social enterprise including the pros and cons of each. http://www.marsdd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/MaRSReport-Social-Enterprise_2012.pdf
20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Social Enterprise – Chartered Professional Accountants of CanadaThis 2014 publication will help directors of an NFP considering or already conducting activities through a social enterprise, address common issues and questions regarding such operations. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/20-questions-directors-not-profit-organizations-should-ask
REDF Jobs Report: Social Enterprises, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Life Stability – REDFThis 2015 study by REDF in the U.S. was undertaken to evaluate the impact of social enterprise for people facing barriers to work and its benefits for society. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/redf-jobs-report-social-enterprises-economic-self
From Social Enterprise to Social Franchise: An Introductory Guide to Achieving Scale Through Replication – Centre for Social InnovationIn this 2016 publication, CSI shares what they’ve learned in their exploration of scaling, licensing, and franchising. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/social-enterprise-social-franchise-introductory-guide
Impact to Last: Lessons from the Front Lines of Social Enterprise by REDFREDF commissioned Impact to Last to inform and inspire entrepreneurial employers by examining the instructive lessons and scaled success of a number of 10 high-performing social enterprises across the U.S. By investigating and then sharing the experiences and practices of these innovative businesses, Impact to Last provides uniques into the range of factors that have contributed to their success, both individually and collectively. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/impact_to_last-7_lessons_from_the_front_lines_of_social_enterprise.pdf
THRIVING OR SURVIVING: Social Enterprises in the GTA – Social Enterprise TorontoThis 2014 publication examines several issues relating to and affecting growth for social enterprises in the Social Enterprise Toronto network. The research focuses on three distinct areas including: marketing practices and needs; food-based social enterprises; and start-up stories. http://static1.squarespace.com/static/56a00c05a128e61e3e092cec/t/56e0b0ea9f726647eea1c574/1457565957328/SET-Research-Report-2014_Thriving-or-Surviving_Fulll-report.pdf
Social Impact Purchasing Guidelines – BC Ministry of Social Development & Social InnovationThis 2014 book of guidelines will help readers to understand social impact procurement, identify potential suppliers in the community, and develop a procurement process that assesses both the financial and social value. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/employment-business-and-economic-development/business-management/social-innovation/si-purchasing-guidelines.pdf
The Social Procurement Intermediary: The State of the Art and its Development within the GTHA – Revington, Hoogendam, HoletonThis paper investigates the potential of social purchasing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and that role that a social procurement intermediary – a broker or matchmaker between suppliers and purchasers – could play. http://lefca.org/documents/Social-Procurement-Intermediary-LEF-2015.pdf
Social Procurement: The Olympic, Commonwealth & Pan Am Games, and the growing case for Social Procurement Policy in Canada – Sandra HamiltonThis 2014 report looks at opportunities for social procurement within the public sector. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/sandra_hamilton_social_procurement_july_2014_web_59814.pdf
Exploring Social Procurement – Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd.This 2014 report examines an innovative market-based opportunity to create social impact through existing purchasing. https://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/toolbox/exploring-social-procurement
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