Calling all social entrepreneurs! Ontario wants your innovative solutions to social challenges. Put your ideas into action with support from other social economy resources.
There are many sources of information for passionate social entrepreneurs like you. Exploring some of these online social venture support resources would be worth your time, especially if you are seeking information on:
- Types of social ventures
- Social funding
- Legal considerations
- Planning and modelling
As a hub for social enterprise growth in Ontario, MaRS is a good source of information for social entrepreneurs. Take advantage of its social innovation library resource when you do your research. In addition, Your Guide to Social Finance will walk you through the basic financial planning questions you should ask yourself about social enterprises. These resources can help you decide where your social enterprise fits in the evolving social ecosystem in Ontario. Other Ontario organizations relevant to social enterprise, such as Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Nonprofit Network, offer a different focus.
Networking has always been important to for-profit businesses. As a social entrepreneur, connecting with your community and your clients is absolutely essential. Besides the usual social media platforms, you may want to share your stories, ideas and best practices by contributing to popular websites of other stakeholders in Ontario's social economy. Consider adding your voice to Ontario's lively marketplace of blogs, wikis and newsletters.
Remember that what you post on these websites can help boost your profile and attract motivated new employees and/or volunteers, as well as draw new clients to your social enterprise. You may also find inspiration for yourself and inspire others through your sharing.
For more about the social economy, have a look at our other blogs on social enterprise and explore our section on corporate social responsibility.