Honor Roll: T.R.A.P. House

T.R.A.P. House. A social enterprise and business incubator that helps former drug dealers use their skills as “legit” entrepreneurs.

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Honor Roll: MORTAR

The Honor Roll is a bi-weekly series that highlights the amazing work that’s being done in the social sector to build economic self-sufficiency and pathways out of poverty. While scrolling through the Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list, I came across an organization that has brought to life my as-of-yet-unrealized vision for Hartford. MORTAR Cincinnati is a nonprofit that is…

Who is an Urban Entrepreneur?

How did “urban” come to be code word for people of color and how has that usage shaped policy and opportunity for city dwellers?

The Good Stuff – A Weekly Roundup

On The Urban Entrepreneur Check out the great work that reSET is doing here in Hartford to build the impact sector In Connecticut CT is 5th most innovative state in the U.S. and 4th most productive #5 according to the Bloomberg U.S. Innovation Index. How can we harness this to shrink the wealth gap and create economic…

Honor Roll: reSET

The Honor Roll is a bi-weekly series that highlights the amazing work that’s being done in the social sector to build economic self-sufficiency and pathways out of poverty. reSET is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector.  Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford…

The Good Stuff – A Weekly Roundup

A weekly roundup of good stories on social entrepreneurship, income inequality and economic justice. On The Urban Entrepreneur Been out of commission since Monday recovering from the extraction of a couple of wisdom teeth. Be back next week! In Connecticut Wesleyan shared an interview with Charles “Butch” Lewis, founder of the Hartford area Black Panthers from the…

The Good Stuff – A Weekly Roundup

A weekly roundup of good stories on social entrepreneurship, income inequality and economic justice. On The Urban Entrepreneur Is Entrepreneurship a Potential Pathway Out of Poverty Income Inequality: Separate But Not Equal Here in Connecticut A progressive coalition is pushing to address income inequality in Connecticut Around the U.S. CNNMoney points out that America is Missing Out…

Income Inequality: Separate Not Equal and Why You Should Care

We all know that money is power. Those with the greatest wealth have the greatest influence over what we notice is broken and what we bother to fix in this country. On a day to day basis people vote with their wallets. Even if a wealthy individual is altruistic, he or she only focuses on the issues that he or…

Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Color

Check out this great post over at Case Foundation celebrating the contributions that entrepreneurs of color have made in America. Case Foundation “finds and funds efforts that break down barriers and divisions, challenge the status quo and offer new solutions to ever-evolving problems, all in pursuit of one bold mission – investing in people and ideas that…

Entrepreneurship: A Pathway Out of Poverty?

Can Entrepreneurship Do Any Good? Perhaps the most important question to tackle on this blog is whether entrepreneurship really can help lift individuals out of poverty. Professor Muhammad Yunus certainly thinks so. His groundbreaking microfinance work in Bangladesh earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Grameen Bank, founded by Dr. Yunus in the mid-70s, has…

Honor Roll: Reconnect

The Honor Roll is a bi-weekly series that highlights the amazing work that’s being done in the social sector to build economic self-sufficiency and pathways out of poverty. Project Reconnect is a project of Vernon Avenue Project, a 501(c)(3) based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  This neighborhood-based entrepreneurship program in Central Brooklyn helps launch businesses that serve as the engagement point for court-involved…

Beyond Welfare

Google “social entrepreneur low-income” and what are your first results? I guarantee you’ll see business after business that’s doing great work for low-income clients, ethnic minority clients, immigrant clients, disabled clients, etc. Great work for all manner of marginalized people.  I love this new wave of social entrepreneurs pursuing a double or triple bottom line. But…