Social and community enterprise

Social Enterprise is a concept which applies a business model to meet a social need or aspiration. Social Enterprises are designed to be self-funding or recover costs associated with meeting community, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes.

Through the use of social enterprise models, communities and individuals become empowered to:

  • create the change they want to see in their world,
  • more effectively deliver community outcomes and
  • meet urgent social priorities
  • generate sustainability in social programs
  • reduce their dependence on external funding.
Central Coast Council implements a range of programs to deliver on the Central Coast Regional Social Enterprise Strategy:
  • to promote economic sustainability in the social sector,
  • increase the social and community outcomes generated by local enterprises,
  • support the development of innovative new enterprise models within the region.

 “What is Social Entrepreneurship?  Whenever society is stuck, it needs an entrepreneur to see the opportunity and then to turn that vision into a realistic idea and then a reality and then, indeed, the new pattern across society. This is the work of social entrepreneurs”
Bill Drayton

Social Enterprise Program

'Launchpad is growing our social enterprises locally'

 Do you have a great idea to:

  • Create your own business or charitable venture?
  • Make a difference in your community?
  • Get paid to do what you love?

Then it's time to do something about it. Turn your ideas and dreams into reality and develop the skills you need to develop a business model and  plan, get grant ready or get your new venture off the ground with our FREE Social Enterprise Development Program for aspiring social entrepreneurs starting in 2016.

For more information on how to participate contact our Community Enterprise Officer Adele Johns.
 

Activating Places and Spaces

“activating under-utilised spaces across the Coast”

Partnership with shopping centres across the Central Coast

Council has partnered with various shopping centres across the Central Coast to provide incubation space for Social Enterprise Retail initiatives.
This is a great chance to maximise  exposure and build on a concept in one of the region's leading retail environments.
For more information contact our Community Enterprise Officer.
 

Partnership with shopping centres across the Central Coast

Council has partnered with various shopping centre across the Central Coast to provide incubation space for Social Enterprise Retail Projects.

This is a great chance to maximise your exposure and build your venture in one of the region's leading retail environments.

For more information contact our Community Enterprise Officer.
 

Smart Work Hub

The Gosford Smart hub is a space created for small business and start-ups to have a space to work away from home, whilst  being connected with fast wifi, and surrounded by like minds to share ideas, concepts and business acumen in a professional yet relaxed environment. For more information email Shari Young.
 

Social Entrepreneur Network

'Creating meaningful connections across the network'

If you're an entrepreneur involved with a community group or business person and committed to making a difference in our community keep an eye out for our Peer to Peer Network events particularly our new program of Innovators Challenge Sessions, where you will find out about the latest development in the sector and the resources and support available for our local social enterprises. 

The Challenge commenced early 2017 so watch this space for event details or alternatively email our Community Enterprise Officer to receive an alert when dates are scheduled for these events.
 

Social enterprise regional strategy

There has been a growing interest around social enterprise on the Central Coast over the last five years. The Social Enterprise Strategy Document for the Central Coast in 2011, was developed with input from a variety of local, state and federal government departments, non-government organisations, the business and community sectors. Contact our Community Enterprise Officer for more information.
 

Social procurement

'boosting our local economy'

By purchasing quality goods or services that also produce positive social outcomes, we can strengthen local economic development, open new opportunities for employment or enhance local skill development.  Purchasing with purpose and understanding how your spend will have impact is a positive way to contribute to our social economy.
 

Social Procurement in NSW: a Guide to Achieving Social Value through Public Sector Procurement is the culmination of a 12 month partnership of local, state and federal government, from the Central Coast, Sydney and the Illawarra, working together to promote social procurement in NSW.
 

Examples

Social enterprise's operate to fulfill a broad range of community needs, priorities and aspirations in every industry sector. Some examples include:

Job Creation and Economic Growth:

Environment: Reuse and upcycle

Equality:

Education:

Arts and Culture:

Health & Wellbeing:

Sport and Recreation:

Place Activation:

Useful links and resources:

Grant and funding options