7 Things About Social Enterprises You May Not Have Known


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How Solve is changing the social impact space with enterprise software that connects the city: 1.     Don’t reach for your vision too early, focus on your mission.  This means that social impact businesses need to understand that solutions for social missions are very complex. Be careful and not just go straight for your

Telling the Right Story as a B2B Social Enterprise

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Chances are if you’re a social enterprise, you aren’t just a company or software but a vision for positive change and impact. Your customers want to join you in your mission, not feel preyed upon by corporate interests.  Your marketing should showcase that. Corporate testimonials, while effective, will not work for you. You’ll look like

State of the Workforce in Chicago

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The workforce in Chicago is both shrinking and aging, but the labor participation rate has increased, according to recent reports. While the former is worrisome, the latter is a positive reflection of the fact that the city is creating jobs at a higher rate than it was before. Since there are seemingly more available jobs,

Chicago Based Start-up, Solve, Improves Social Capital and Solves Employment Barriers for Over 4,000 Job Seekers from Underinvested Communities in Chicago

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Chicago, IL: Solve’s collaborative network platform for cities connects systematically underemployed jobseekers in Chicago with over 200 social services and employers, improving the social capital of candidates through a referral system. The platform allows job candidates to work directly with nonprofits after completion of what Solve calls a barrier survey, which takes data points on

Bandwidth Poverty, Barriers to Employment and Potential Solutions

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Here’s a new term for you to think about: “bandwidth poverty”. What do you suppose this term means? Xavier Ramey, the founder of Justice Informed and advisor to Solve, recently brought “bandwidth poverty” to my attention and my team has been using this term ever since to motivate us in our work. In this blog post, we’ll dive

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

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