The Social Enterprise Collaborative
The Utah Social Enterprise Collaborative (USEC) is a network of individuals and entities dedicated to building and supporting social enterprise in Utah. Members include nonprofit organizations, social purpose businesses, grant makers, lenders and investors, educators, corporations, and individuals.
USEC was formed to find sustainable and innovative solutions to the social, environmental, and economic challenges facing Utah. We foster enterprises across the profit spectrum that increase employment for Utahns with life challenges, reduce the dependence of nonprofits on annual giving, and provide a social and economic return on investment.
We do this through education, networking and peer support, strategic partnerships and by increasing public awareness of the long term, positive impact of social enterprise. We collaborate to connect members with employees and customers, sources of capital, marketing opportunities, and technical resources and expertise.
On July 31, 2012, The Business Resource Center at Utah Valley University and the Utah Social Enterprise Collaborative (USEC) hosted “Nail It then Scale It: Business Model Generation Training” for staff and board members of local non-profit organizations. This workshop focused on implementing effective projects using the tools developed for smart start-ups. Thanks to our sponsors: the American Express Center for Community Development, GE Capital Financial Inc., and Morgan Stanley Bank N.A. for their support.
Read the full report here: Nail It then Scale It Report.pdf
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We had a wonderful morning of speed mentoring with 25 friends of Devin Thorpe. As Sandra Hufford with Solid Carbon Products noted "It was great to meet these wonderful people making such a difference in our communities."
Devin Thorpe is our kind of person. He called the foundation, asked what he could do to help, and in a matter of weeks arranged for 25 very talented people to spend 90 minutes with the agencies that make our community what it is. From the Tracy Aviary to the Casino Star Theater in tiny Gunnison, these organizations are open to new ways to do business, and our business community is ready to assist.
Welcome to our new and returning 'enlightened entrepreneurs', and to the nonprofits form the Utah Social Enterprise Collaborative who came prepared with a tough business problem. Special thanks to Tanner+ Co fo letting us use their beautiful facility and to Joel Nelson, our Lassonde Fellow for organizing the event. If you'd like to join our merry band, just give a call - e promise you'll enjoy your interaction, expand your business network, and do a lot of good in a short period of time. As Adam Castro with Rees Capital wrote: "I had a great time and was happy to give advice to truly talented and giving people / organizations."