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

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…

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…