Thinking About Starting a Social Enterprise

So, your organization is thinking about starting a social enterprise. That’s exciting! You may be at one of the first three stages on the Development Path shown below. This section provides some suggestions, resources, tools and links to help you move to the next stage.

Social Enterprise Development Path

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Before going any further, we recommend you read a couple of publications that we helped produce:

In addition to the Guide, Vancity Community Foundation has posted tools and resources on their web site that can help you assess your organizational readiness.

Both Doing Well and the Guide point out that knowing your industry is one key to success. Extensive market research is required gain or improve your industry knowledge. Your research becomes the foundation for your feasibility study, which is a critical analysis of the organizational, business and social feasibility of your social enterprise idea. Click on the links for detailed information on each of these important steps.