For paid QSEC members we have The QSEC Online Learning Centre coming soon full of free courses designed by experts in the social enterprise field to help start ups, stand ups and stay ups achieve their business goals. Access is limited to paid members and associates. To access the LMS you can join QSEC HERE.
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The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC) was initially established under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020. It is now in the process of transitioning into a permanent service. The role of the QSBC is to advocate, enable and empower small businesses to improve productivity and help drive economic growth in Queensland.
The Climate Council has released a report the Alpha Beta Jobs Plan to assist the planning for the the future on Green Jobs. This is a MUST SEE document to align with the urgent Climate change issues that we are all facing.
Social Enterprise: Doing business differently for a more inclusive society – A Manifesto outlining a vision and pathway to enable the growth of the social enterprise sector in Australia from the Social Innovation Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Alliance
Mapping Queensland’s Impact Innovation Support Ecosystem: As part of the 2019 ‘Social Enterprise Sector Stand-up Project’ (SESP), led by QSEC and Griffith University, a number of discovery, action research, and engagement activities were undertaken.This included crowdsourcing a map of the impact innovation ecosystem in Queensland, and creating a directory of supports available to people and organisations engaged in social impact, innovation, and enterprise activities. The map also includes national and international supports / service providers, where the offer is available and accessible to actors in Queensland.
Two of Australia’s best known funders support social enterprise, to find out more and to see if you are eligible visit the Ian Potter Foundation and the Westpac Foundation.
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The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) offer finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. For more information on the three SEDIF fund managers who offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support visit their pages
Social Change Central is for any changemaker, entrepreneur, start-up, charity, community group or grass-roots organisation who is using business to create positive social change. Their mission is to create a strong ecosystem in Australia where social enterprises can thrive.
To keep abreast of news in social enterprise, such as grants and awards, you can sign up to their free newsletter at https://www.socialchangecentral.com/pricing/
The guide is primarily aimed at people and/ or organisations interested in starting a social enterprise and who don’t have experience of doing this before. It is a step-by-step guide to thinking about, researching, planning for, starting and then growing a social enterprise, which will help you to:
– create a rigorous business plan for a sustainable social enterprise
– obtain support for your social enterprise e.g. from partners
– secure investment for your social enterprise
– monitor and evolve your social enterprise in future years.
It is also designed to be a useful resource for more experienced practitioners, acting as a reference point and refresher. DOWNLOAD NOW
We all know impact measurement is crucial for communicating our success but it is really hard! The University of Technology Sydney have released the Social Impact Toolbox to make the process easier. And it’s free!
Connecting Up, Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that works to unleash the power of other not-for-profit organisations through technology and by providing a variety of information, products, resources and programs, to connect the not-for-profit sector to the right tools and capabilities they need to fulfill their mission.
To sign up for their newsletter – which includes info on some great FREE webinars – head to www.connectingup.org
Become a member of the State Library of Queensland to access a HEAP of freebies including free access to the LinkedIn Learning Database – there are some wonderful courses on there about Social Enterprise.