- Jurrien Swarts – Farm fresh food prepared into microwavable meals for locovores and people living in “food deserts”
- Heather Burkman – Digitizing small business records and storing hard copies off-site
- Nickalas Goettling – Seal coating asphalt roads and parking lots
- Kendra Pierre-Louis – Restoring brownfields through phytoremediation
- Michael Cozzolino – Manufacturing decorative architectural wood wall panels
I am especially intrigued by the architectural wood wall panels idea because a few years back an architect suggested to us that a huge domestic market exists for pre-made exterior architectural features. The brownfields remediation business is also interesting because I believe there is a natural synergy that arises in social enterprises that combine job training of disadvantaged populations with recycling.
But in the end, these are all excellent ideas for organizations considering starting social enterprises to employ individuals with significant barriers to employability.