Matt Strauss of Solve was interviewed on Bootstrapping in America

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Solve is a one-stop-software to help people overcome all the barriers to employment by connecting residents from underserved communities to jobs & resources. They believe that everyone has a powerful story – Solve’s software works to make those stories come to life by increasing the job candidate’s social capital overnight to unlock their fullest potential.

Crain’s 20 in their 20s

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Matt Strauss grew up in Wilmette, where professionals have no problem networking their way to new jobs. Mentoring at tech incubator nonprofit I.C. Stars, Strauss discovered that some job seekers on the South and West sides—particularly those with criminal pasts or gaps in employment, or without housing or transportation—don’t have that ability. Strauss found research

Chicago’s Youth Need Social Capital Too

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Opportunity youth are Chicago’s future. Organizations such as Purpose Workforce Solutions and Ignite (Formerly Teen Living Programs) have realized the importance of coming together in order to change the narrative of Chicago. For far too long, workforce development organizations operated in silos, but with leaders such as Chazle Woodley of Ignite and Chris Thomas of

Adam Hecktman at Microsoft

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Microsoft’s director of technology and civic innovation, Adam Hecktman, says we’re all looking to make this city a great place to live and work. The best part about Solve is the ability to track every referral, interaction and impact on a client. Solve gives people a 360 degree vision of clients, so that they can

Connecting Non-profit Organizations with Solve

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Harrison Horan is the founder of ReWork Training, a nonprofit that teaches people how to sell software, and then gets them jobs selling it. ReWork Training is one of more than 3,500 nonprofits in Chicago. Harrison is delighted that there is now a platform, Solve, where all of these nonprofits can communicate with each other,

Changing the Narrative: South Loop to South Shore

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University of Chicago, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Teamwork Englewood, and Bright Star Community Outreach’s Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network team up with Solve to bring together and Change the Narrative of the entire South Side. Opportunities are the solution. For far too long, South Side residents have lacked access to larger networks that increase their

Changing the Narrative by Derrick Rowe, Owner of Mabe’s Deli

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FEATURE CONTACT: Derrick Rowe 773-406-7756 contact@mabesdeli.com www.mabesdeli.com The owner of Mabe’s Deli, Derrick, was born and raised in Chicago. As a member of law enforcement for twenty-two years, including eight years in the Chicago police force, Derrick has noticed a lot of things that goes on in the South Side of Chicago. Specifically, he realized

LaSalle Network Connecting with Solve

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Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm that works with thousands of companies. Touching on thirty different markets across the country, while concentrated mainly in Chicago, LaSalle Network has partnered with Solve in order to easily meet the demand and place candidates into suitable jobs. Gimbel explained

Tracking features on Solve: a step-by-step guide

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When using Solve, there are many time-saving benefits built right into our software via our tracking features. We’ve done our research to understand the difficult, and often cumbersome, aspects of tracking clients and measuring impact for organizations and case managers alike. Consequently, our software conveniently places tracking tools throughout the process from intake to goal-attainment

Why proven outcomes matter to nonprofit funders

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Amongst the high volume of organizations applying for grants to fund their nonprofits, it’s imperative to stand out. The question becomes, why do grantors choose specific organizations? Is it an organization’s mission? Is it the trustworthy team members of an organization? Is it an organization’s potential for growth? Well, many would argue that what really