social enterprise

On Thursday, Nov. 17, low-income military veterans will be able to access free veterinary care for their pets, thanks to a special fundraising effort by Mission Animal Hospital.
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Photo courtesy of My Sister

Minnesota’s most generous clothier is opening its very own retail flagship in the heart of Minneapolis’s trendy Uptown district. Read More

Thursday night was a big one for University of Minnesota-affiliated social entrepreneurs. More than a dozen early-stage companies and concepts came together at Acara Challenge 2016 to celebrate the work they’d done during the previous year (and, for some, long before). Read More
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Though it may seem easier said than done, these Minnesota companies are doing just that. While some are donating time and services to nonprofits, others are developing valuable youth training programs or making their business processes more eco-friendly, and the list goes on. Some businesses are small, some are big. Read More

My Sister product fashion shot by Athena Pelton

Minnesota’s polite, well-kept face hides a seamy underbelly. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the sex trafficking capital of the Upper Midwest — the regional hub of a $40 billion global industry. Sex trafficking affects at-risk youth, mostly girls, across the state — not just in the Twin Cities metro, but in county seats, small towns and rural communities, also. Read More

Jeremy Carroll of Latitude plays Duck, Duck, Gray Duck with children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

When a married couple with two children calls home to ask if they can move back in with their parents, it’s usually not a sign of progress. Read More

Bernard Prince at the Kinnix warehouse in Bloomington.

In the midst of a labor shortage, some companies are finding success hiring the so-called unemployables, such as those with a criminal record. The matchmaker is Minnesota’s only alternative staffing agency, EmergeWORKS, a Minneapolis nonprofit. Read More
Last month we reported on the MN Social Impact Center's quest to become the first Impact Hub in the Midwest — and we are pleased to report that as of last week they have met their goal. They are now officially Impact Hub Minneapolis-St. Read More