What is a social Purpose Enterprise?

A social purpose enterprise (SPE) is a business that intentionally integrates social impact as a non-negotiable component of its business model.  There are always two goals for SPEs: to achieve social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes; and, to earn revenue.  In short, the social purpose and underlying mission are at the heart of every business decision made in SPEs.  

Art & Clay on Main and Square Seven Coffee House are SPEs of the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  These two revenue-producing businesses exist to train and employ people with developmental disabilities and to further the Board's mission of "bringing about a vibrant community where people lead fulfilling lives and make meaningful contributions." 

Art & Clay and Square Seven are proud to partner with Social Ventures Columbus as a part of the social enterprise movement in Central Ohio.  There are now more than 100 social enterprises in our area,  in every sector of the economy.   In 2016, Art & Clay and Square Seven were named finalists for the Social Enterprise of the Year award.   You can learn more about the many social enterprises in Central Ohio by visiting