Rhode Island Social Enterprise Growth


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The social enterprise sector, despite the dismissive legislation to empower social enterprise, has grown particularly in Rhode Island.

Industry leaders and community officials are increasingly providing opportunities for the economically disadvantaged residents of Rhode Island. The state recognizes social enterprise in alleviating poverty, developing communities and economy, shrinking social service spending, attracting businesses and inciting job creation.

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Federal Programs Related to - Regional Economic Development

Programs that provide technical assistance, venture capital, loans, loan guarantees or other forms of management support to encourage the establishment and growth of business and industry in a particular region of the United States.

Federal Programs Related to - Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Programs that focus on protecting and promoting the broad civil rights and civil liberties of individuals and work to change public policy and opinion in a variety of areas.

See also: +COMMON CODE Advocacy (**B); Hate Crimes Prevention (I02.07); Housing Discrimination (I05.08); Voter Services (W08.05)



Social entrepreneur, Stefan Wolf , founded the Beyond the Four Walls, which builds cyber “resource centers” (aka Internet cafes) in rural areas for young women to run.




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