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Social, Collaborative and Values Based Enterprises

“Social enterprise is a means by which people come together and use market-based ventures to achieve agreed social ends. It is characterised by creativity, entrepreneurship and a focus on community rather than individual profit. It is a creative endeavour that results in social, financial, service, educational, employment or other community benefits.”

 Peter Tregilgas et al “Social Enterprise in Australia”, Published Adelaide Central Mission 2002

Social Enterprise in Australia while relatively new as a recognised platform has a long history of facilitating the bonds required for community and member ownership and management of market based enterprises to build community wealth.  Cooperatives and community ventures are formed to ensure their members can address in some cases market failures, but more commonly seize opportunities via collaboration to establish market share, assets, labour and resources to compete control their own vision for shared wealth. The challenges of social enterprise in Australia today remains … to be sustainable they need to operate with a clear market focus.

The creation of community wealth is a shared opportunity. Trading for social benefit can only be done with sound and ethical commercial practice. Social Enterprises are businesses.

Social Enterprise Services Australia has been established assist community enterprises, not for profits, clubs & societies, business and governments (Local, State & Federal) to engage with local social enterprise promoters to build collaborative wealth on the shared vision, energy, labour and opportunity that is our community.

The operating practise of Social Enterprise Services Australia is:

Mainstream, Make Money, Make a difference!

  • Mainstream: Access and utilise commercial business marketing and techniques
  • Make money: Acknowledge the market and build sustainable wealth
  • Make a difference: Aspire to measurable change