Since July 2015 Uniquely Gifted, a social enterprise of The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network, has been helping entrepreneurs with disabilities bring their products to market. In just over one year they have built a network across Nova Scotia of over 15 suppliers, six of whom are actively selling in the marketplace while the others are moving through planning and development, and 10 buyers.
ACICC is an asset-based social enterprise that creates economic opportunities for people with economic barriers, with a focus on immigrants, women and seniors. The ACICC team combines small business incubation with skill development to reduce procurement, operational and management costs as well as other socio-cultural barriers to business development.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Kelly of the Flowercart about the important work that has been taking place in New Minas, Nova Scotia for more then 40 years. Yes, you read this correctly: more than 40 years! It is impressive how a couple of adult day vocational programs (Flowercart and Wolfville Workshop) have grown to be nominated for Annapolis Valley’s “Outstanding Large Business” award by the Valley’s Chambers of Commerce.
Senior social enterprise representatives from the Government of Scotland, British Council and Community Enterprise in Scotland visited Nova Scotia on March 7th and 8th to develop business opportunities, share best practices and create relationships that will lead to greater collaboration on a growing relationship with Nova Scotia social enterprises.
We had the opportunity to speak with David Farmer (Senior Manager of Community and Business Development at the Breton Ability Centre) in regards to their recent Buy Social Canada certification. Breton Ability Centre (BAC) is a dynamic organization that is committed to providing quality services and supports to people of varying disabilities.
For over 30 years Building Future Employment Society (FUTURES) has been offering quality products and services to the public while simultaneously creating a positive impact in the community. The society has a distinct and valuable role to play in helping to create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive society while also helping to grow the economy.
We spoke to Francis Robichaud, Executive Director of CACL Clare Branch, a dual service provider that operates l’Atelier de Clare, an Adult Service Centre and personal development organization for persons living with disabilities, about their amazing organization in Clare, Nova Scotia, and their new Buy Social supplier certification. L'Atelier de Clare provides training and personal development programs for 35 members of the community and surrounding areas in a bilingual environment.
The year 2015 has been filled with a lot of almost-happened and coming-soons in Nova Scotia. Although we talk about change and we feel it in the air, it has yet to touch the ground in any meaningful way.
Two things that I have to get off my chest right off the bat:
Today we talked to Erika Shea, Communications Director of New Dawn Enterprises. New Dawn is a not for profit social enterprise located in Sydney, NS that has been around since 1976! In 2016 they will celebrate their 40th anniversary. New Dawn is the epitome of social enterprise success in Nova Scotia; it’s regularly quoted by practitioners and educators as a model to strive towards and is considered one of the first social enterprises in this area!