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The Social Enterprise Sourcebook
Jerr Boschee’s Sourcebook (published in 2001) contains journalistic profiles of 14 nonprofits that successfully started social enterprises, including candid comments by their senior managers about what they did wrong along the way.
To download free copies of each chapter,
please click on the names of the nonprofits below.
Case 1: "We ran out of cash . . . "
Pillsbury United Communities
How Tony Wagner survived the failure of two businesses -- but succeeded with a third
Case 2: The demilitarized zone
St. Vincent DePaul Rehabilitation Service, Inc.
How Roy Soards survived the culture wars
Case 3: The readiness is all
Road to Responsibility, Inc.
How Rick Walker turned his stakeholders into risk-takers
(and created seven small businesses, with more to come)
Case 4: Buyer beware
Bobby Dodd Industries
How Barbara Massey escaped from a franchising nightmare
-- and formed a partnership that works
Case 5: "$36 an hour!"
Skookum Abatement Services, Inc.
Port Townsend, Washington
How Jim Westall helps former welfare recipients
earn annual salaries of $70,000 or more
Case 6: "Power comes from below . . . "
How Richard Oulahan put his trust in the people he serves
and started more than a dozen businesses
Case 7: "She was fiercely independent . . . "
Applied Industries, Inc.
How Dale Novotny's company grew without ever
taking any money from grantmakers or the government
Case 8: "We were sunk . . . "
How Bobbie Lenz and her team recovered
when their anchor customer disappeared
Case 9: Culture clash
How everything changed when Dave McDonough
started hiring people who knew what they were doing
Case 10: Against all odds . . .
Binding Together, Inc.
New York city
How Vince Poppiti runs a successful business
despite losing all his employees every six months
(please note that Binding Together closed its doors because of financial difficulties in 2009,
but the parent organization has since launched a new company,
Workforce Enterprises, that uses the same training program model
and partners with nonprofits and employers to train and place the same types of clients)
Case 11: Something had to be done . . .
Provident Counseling, Inc.
How Kathleen Buescher saved one business by starting another
Case 12: When Ben met Bernie . . .
Yonkers, New York
How a Zen Buddhist priest married spirituality with social action
and forged a partnership with a major corporation
Case 13: "One truck at a time . . . "
Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc.
Durham, North Carolina
How Kevin McDonald built an interstate trucking company
by employing ex-cons and recovering drug addicts
Case 14: Farewell to the "client worker"
Gulf Coast Enterprises
How Rich Gilmartin converted a sheltered workshop into a $30 million business
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