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 http://socialventurescbus.com/