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Case Study: Calgary Counselling Centre

Calgary Counselling Centre provides compassionate, professional and affordable counselling services for Calgarians. As a leader in research and counsellor training in Canada since 1962, the Centre is committed to supporting a multiplicity of needs by offering a “barrier free” sliding scale pay system for their counselling services to individuals and families in Calgary and nearby communities.

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Case Study: cSPACE Projects

cSPACE Projects is a non-profit real estate enterprise and urban development organization that is re-imagining a network of affordable, sustainable and collaborative work spaces across Calgary. Their mission is to foster creativity, fuel innovative thinking and ignite change by connecting and supporting individual artists and small non-profit organizations within the Calgary community.

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Case Study: Vecova

Vecova is a disability services and research organization connecting disabled individuals with employment opportunity and community involvement. Their multiple social enterprises, including an onsite Recreation Facility and Bottle Recycling Depot, operate as distinct businesses that reflect their social purpose of creating jobs and demonstrating inclusiveness as a successful business practice.

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Case Study: Fireworks Cooperative

Fireworks Cooperative deals in the business of hospitality by providing women and girls who have left or who are at risk of sexual exploitation with life enriching programs and job training opportunities through their non-profit agency Servants Anonymous Society and event space Venu1008.

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Case Study: The Cerebral Palsy Collection Crew

The Cerebral Palsy Collection Crew, by the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta (CPAA), turns donated used clothing, small household items and recycled bottles into revenue that supports the many programs and services they provide for Albertans affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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Case Study: CommunityWise Resource Centre

CommunityWise is nurturing and restoring one of Calgary’s downtown historical venues which in turn provides an affordable and inclusive co-work and activity space for over 60 of Calgary’s non-profit and grass-roots organizations.

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New Fund Available for Young Alberta Entrepreneurs to Build Businesses that Balance Profits and Community Impact

Enterprising Non-Profits Alberta (enp-AB) and Capital One Canada announced the expansion of an innovative program for Alberta youth and non-profits servicing youth. The Capital One Youth Entrepreneurship Fund will be available starting June 2013 and will provide grants to support the development of revenue-generating enterprises across Alberta, to enhance their programs or services, or as a way to stabilize and diversify a charity’s funding base.

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2013 Social EnterPrize Call for Applications

“We were so delighted to be awarded the Best Emerging Social EnterPrize award by the Trico Foundation. The greatest effect was that we had our name out there, people started looking at us, and respecting the work that we did” said Brian Postlewait of Mission Possible of their 2011 award.”

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Spotlight on Canada

In honour of Canada Day, I thought it would be interesting to focus on a Canadian social enterprise that has gained international attention. You may

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