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Start and grow a social enterprise

Are you looking to apply commercial strategies to your social cause? Whether your organization will be structured as a for-profit or a not-for-profit enterprise, you will want to employ many of the same tools and resources other businesses use to plan and manage internal operations. There are programs and services that can help you further your mission and help keep you sustainable.

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Learn about key concepts related to earned income and social enterprise to determine if these forms of revenue generation are a good fit for your organization.

Business planning

A business plan for your social enterprise will contain many of the same elements that go into a plan for a for-profit business. It should also include components focused on your social mission.


Find resources that can help you start your social enterprise.


Managing the daily operations of your social enterprise can include a wide range of activities, such as managing employees, marketing, and protecting your business.

Marketing and promotion

Find resources that can help you promote your social enterprise.

Regulations and taxation

Learn about taxation and the federal and provincial/territorial regulations that may apply to your social enterprise.


Did you know that you might be eligible for government financing programs? Learn about the different programs available to your social enterprise.

Support organizations for social enterprise

Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from social advocate to experienced entrepreneur.

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