Social Enterprise Update, compliments of CISED

Innoweave Workshop on Social Enterprise

Registration DEADLINE: NOV 8.

If you’ve not heard about this opportunity already, your organization may want to attend this workshop on December 4. Organizations that participate in the Innoweave workshop will be eligible to apply for a small Innoweave implementation grant.



United Way Capacity Building Grants

If you are a charity in Ottawa that works in one or more of the three United Way focus areas (Growing Up Great, Belonging to Community, Turning Lives Around), you may be eligible to apply for a capacity building grant. This capacity building grant may be used to hire CISED to help investigate new earned revenue, deepen your impact, and support your governance capacity through social enterprise.

The deadline to submit a Request for Investment is Dec 13, 2013.


Ontario Social Enterprise Strategy

The Ontario government has created a social enterprise strategy, and launched this initiative at the recent Social Enterprise World Forum. Download the strategy at and engage our government to help grow social entrepreneurship in Ontario.


Free media Opp: Get your story out

As enp-Ottawa, CISED is seeking local social enterprises to have an interview with AXIOM news. Axiom, through support from Economic and Social Development Canada (formerly HRSDC) is producing three social enterprise news stories for the news wires each week. If you want to be one of those stories, contact to be put in touch with the Axiom journalists. This is FREE exposure of your good work, and we need to have Ottawa social enterprises featured!


Group Convex tour

Following Caroline Arcand’s informative talk on the work she and her colleagues have done to create 9 social enterprises at Groupe Convex in Hawkesbury, CISED is planning a group tour of those businesses. If you are interested, read more at or email to reserve your spot.

Feature Social Enterprise: In-TAC

In-TAC offers accounting and taxation services for small and medium sized businesses, non profits and start-ups. They currently offer to set up your accounting system for free if you are a new business. They are a social enterprise, operated by the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre.  More info: or call 613-366-1759


Free networking events with social entrepreneurs.

Join the Ottawa Social Entrepreneurs Meetup group and come out for an event. It is free, and it is a great way to connect with other entrepreneurs making a difference through social enterprise.

Repository of Goodness

There are some very innovative ideas taking root in Ottawa. The micro granting agencies Just Change, Awesome Ottawa, Soup Ottawa and (now) Tontine are featuring their grantees AND their applicants for the world to see. The goal of this public list is to encourage creators, help collaboration, and reduce duplication. This is all good news for social entrepreneurs.



CISED needs assessment survey

Ottawa’s SE sector is relatively young and has seen significant expansion in the past four years.  Eighteen SE’s or 45% of the respondents began operations in 2010 or later.  Almost 1/4 started in the last 2 years!  And only seven of the respondents existed prior to 2000.”


Thank you to all 43 organizations who participated in the needs assessment. Stay tuned to CISED’s website and twitter feed (@cisedottawa) as we release the report’s findings in the coming months.



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