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Idea Foundry Seeks New Applications from Social Entrepreneurs
Fueling economic development in western Pennsylvania, not-for-profit Idea Foundry is welcoming new applications for its InterSector accelerator program. The program caters to social...more



CLASP Report Details Challenges of Young Black Male Unemployment
In CLASP's new report, "In Feel the Heat: the Unrelenting Challenge of Young Black Male Unemployment," it features the employment and job hunting challenges black male youths often...more

Attercliffe-Based Fund Hits Busiest Month
The Sheffield-based Key Fund, a social enterprise, has just completed its busiest month since it sets off a decade ago. The fund has received 42 applications from July to August, which is three...more

Urbana Pursues to Kindle Economic Development in 2014
Recently, Urbana saw a myriad of businesses open or expand, emphasizing an economic growth for the city. Patent attorney Andrew Scheinman urged the city to establish a relationship with the...more

Financial Center Gives Economic Opportunity To Low-income Individuals, Families In Peoria
Peoria recently launched its first Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), a part of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's (LISC) nationwide effort to help low-income families better manage their...more

OnTrak Community Initiative for Playing Truants
According to the Department of Education, the percentage of youth classified as "persistent absentees" or truants have dropped in recent years. Thanks to a social enterprise model called OnTrak...more

Furloughed Workers Volunteer at Martha\
President Barack Obama approached Martha's Table in Washington, which provides services to low-income children and families, to meet with laid off federal workers who've been volunteering their...more

Bilingualism Has Positive Effect on Aging Brain
According to published findings in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, new research shows that bilingualism or speaking two languages...more

March Mud Season and Communal Meetings In New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, the month of March comes with a lot of mud and civic engagement. Meetinghouses will be trudged by community leaders, leaving muddied footprints on the floors courtesy of wet storms...more

Business Owners With Autism Profit From Purpose And Joy
While there is a growing movement to help find work for people with autism, for some of them starting their own business was the solution. According to Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary...more





Where is social enterprise really headed in 2015? Heath Shackleford, founder/kick starter of Good.Must.Grow, examines the trends in the production of Fifteen for 15, a list of key trends, impact opportunities and critical challenges in store for the New Year.




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