2 responses to “What Is NOT a Social Enterprise”

  1. Interesting article but more confusing than clarifying, perhas even a bit self-serving. Social Enterprises are companies, L3C is a limited profit company, one whose primary goal is to benefit society with profit as a side effect. If SEs are companies, what is the difference between and SE company and an SE Service Provider (as indicaated in the article)?

  2. Thank you for your thoughts. I am trying to think more clearly about my work with regard to social enterprise. You said that consultants are SEs only in rare cases. I have two identities–one as a diversity consultant (I help organizations become more diversity-friendly places to work). I am also the (unpaid) Executive Director of a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster inclusion in workplaces and communities. I want to be a full-time, paid Executive Director by combining my consulting work and my non-profit work. Would you consider this a SE? Are there any down-sides to organizing as a non-proft rather than a consultant?
    Thank you,
    Chad Beyer
    Grand Rapids, MI