The Community Round Table is composed of citizen representatives from the various sectors of the Sarnia-Lambton community. It was established to advance strategic initiatives that have been identified by citizens.
What is Social Enterprise?
Social enterprises are businesses or organizations operated for the dual purpose of generating income from the sales of goods of services to customers AND creating a social, environmental, or cultural purpose.
Social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes and provide a range of products and services. Some types of social enterprises include businesses that refurbish and sell goods; offer artistic performances, theatre, concerts and exhibitions; run bookstores or publications; provide food at cafeterias, restaurants, or catering; present educational courses, seminars or conferences; and those who rent space and equipment.
“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.” - David Bornstein, How to Change the World
Social Enterprise in Sarnia
The Social Enterprise Committee was established by the Community Round Table to foster a more vibrant, resilient and self-sufficient non-profit sector in our community.
In 2010 the Community Round Table joined forces with the Pillar Nonprofit Network located in London, Ontario and the Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (CISED) in Ottawa, Ontario and the Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario to apply for a joint Trillium grant. The Trillium proposal outlined a joint approach to moving forward social enterprise initiatives in all three cities. The three phases of the project outlined include an initial study of readiness, the implementation of an integrated support system and finally evaluation of the project’s stated and actual goals.
The goals of the Trillium project comprised the development of a strategy for Social Enterprise interventions in Sarnia, London and Ottawa, the increase in understanding and communication of the role that Social Enterprise can play in building sustainable communities, and the creation of a program for development and support for new and existing Social Enterprises, customized to the needs of the individual communities.
Goals of the Social Enterprise Committee:
1. Establishment of a Work Group consisting of non-profits, business, interested individuals, and government.
2. Development of a work plan.
3. Measurement of strengthening of existing relationships through the compilation of a listing of existing social enterprises in the community and education in the community on the importance of social enterprise.