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Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise Updates

Last week, 250 social enterprise practitioners and thinkers gathered in Halifax for the 4th Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise.  I wanted to share three exciting updates with you*:

Vancity’s Community Capital team formally announced the launch of a new business investment product called the Resilient Capital Program. The unique, high-impact investment program will make up to $15 million available for qualifying social enterprises and has been designed to build resilient communities. The program is made possible by a partnership between Vancity and Vancouver Foundation.  Premier Christy Clark, who announced the program at the B.C. Non-Profit Partnerships Summit says, “The Resilient Capital Program is an excellent example of what can happen when people put their minds into finding solutions to the social and economic challenges in our communities.  This news release from Vancity provides more information.

Nova Scotia support for Social Enterprise announced at Fourth Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise.  Supports outlined in the Premier’s speech included: Improving access to capital for social enterprises; Support for more non-profits to engage in social enterprise; The removal of barriers to social enterprise from provincial legislation and policies. For example, business registration and provincial procurement of goods and services. To read a copy of the speech in its entirety, visit:

The Social Enterprise Exchange (Scotland): The Social Enterprise Exchange is happening on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

* Thanks to Enterprising Non-Profits for highlighting these for us to share.

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