News and information on the role that government, small business, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy play in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

4 Guiding Principles on How to Run a Social Enterprise
Jonathan Jackson, of On Small Business, writes that there's no surefire solution to make a permanent social impact, but he dishes out his top principles to make impact work for the longer...more

USDA Launches StrikeForce Initiative for Economic Development
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) kicks off its "StrikeForce" Initiative in 10 more states to bolster relationships with rural communities and to influence resources in communities stricken...more

Colorado Springs Utilities Awards Funds to Local Economic Development Groups
Colorado Springs Utilities rolled out funds totaling $250,000 to three economic development organizations. The recipients that specialize in regional economic development include the Colorado...more

Lorain County To Get $4 Million Economic Development Funds
Over $4 million in state funding for economic development, job training and corrections projects in Lorain County has been announced by Ohio Rep. Matt Lundy (D-Elyria). Funds for the Lorain...more

Impact Entrepreneurship for Social Consciousness
Seattle-based freelance journalist Michelle Goodman addressed in an article that wanting to change the world is not a business plan, but social impact should be built into business models. The...more

Dillon County Anticipates Boost In Economic Development
The Dillon County Council has OK-ed two ordinances (and two resolutions) surrounding a fee agreement and land acquisition to attract a Delaware manufacturing company, code name Project Wilma, to...more

Genesee County Economic Development Center Gets New Grants for STAMP Property
New grants are rolled out for Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) for its Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP). The GCEDC funding, part of...more

Charitable Organizations Receive $723,000 in Funds to End Homelessness
A $723,000 in funds will be distributed by the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness to various charitable agencies. The funds will help fight homelessness through housing support, counseling,...more

FairPoint Communications Wins Approval to Craft Statewide Economic Development Strategy
Telecommunications Company, FairPoint Communications, recently won approval and invested in a surfeit of of $500,000 over several years to commission ViTAL Economy, a Maryland-based consulting...more

KEDCo Tackles Small Business Needs
Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation sponsors a small business tune-up listening session, along with the Small Business Development Center and the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, to...more

Meticulon, a project of Autism Calgary Association in partnership with the federal government and the Sinneave Family Foundation, operates as a social enterprise that renders high-tech services provided by people with autism, leveraging their natural abilities at requiring attention to detail, repetition, and sequencing.

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