No single organization,government or business can solve society’s most difficult challenges on its own. We must work together and embrace new ways of thinking, doing business and building partnerships to find solutions to complex issues like poverty or affordable housing.
Social enterprises embody this belief. These are businesses committed to making a difference in people’s lives and building healthy, secure and happy communities.They find innovative ways and new ideas to help solve social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges.
Social enterprises produce goods and services and use their revenue to help achieve their social and environmental goals. They range from thrift stores and farmers markets to businesses that provide supports and services for immigrants, affordable housing and jobs for people with disabilities, or others who face barriers to employment.
Social enterprises across B.C. are making a difference in our communities and neighbourhoods each and every day. The Government of B.C. is committed to strengthening this important sector and helping social enterprises thrive.
That is why our government proclaimed May 2015 as Social Enterprise Month. We want to celebrate B.C.’s growing social enterprise sector and honour the contributions that these organizations make to improve the lives of those who need it most, communities and the economy.
This month and beyond, I encourage you to support and visit your local social enterprises and also go to HubcapBC.ca to get involved, and learn more about social innovation and social enterprises in your community.
Let’s work together to support social enterprise and social innovation across our province to help create a better British Columbia for us all.