Interested in helping a social entrepreneurship start up? This week we’re thinking about how we could create our project through social entrepreneurship. There was an article about what some people are doing in the NYT: Getting Started As A Social Entrepreneur
Our social entrepreneurship job creation strategy is targeted towards the Tucson region’s low skilled, marginally employed community that faces immediate concerns regarding food security, access to food, diet related health crises, and community sustainability. Areas of Tucson are some of the worst afflicted places in the nation with regards to child food insecurity and significant levels of poverty. The limited capacity of the poor to purchase enough healthy foods and gain access to employment is clearly affecting their food security and vulnerability to outright hunger.
This strategy focuses on food and jobs with the rationale that significant increases in local food production will result in economic activity that results in job creation and entrepreneurship. One goal is the creation of a social enterprise that aligns the efforts of a partnership of community-based organizations.
This community based job creation enterprise will initially conduct research, create asset maps and participate in community vision meetings to identify resource requirements and conduct economic analysis to provide intelligence and data to the partnership. For example, the Tucson Community Food Bank has a pressing need to understand the elements of a food economy in specific locations in the region. Imagine Greater Tucson seeks community input regarding the types of economic activity and jobs that could potentially be created or targeted to enhance community sustainability. The Community Foundation For Southern Arizona is currently funding urban agriculture and food projects that seek knowledge and methodology for scaling up current efforts to meet the growing needs of the community and create economic opportunities resulting in job creation, entrepreneurship and community development.
Bill Clinton wrote this job creation idea about funding in Newsweek:
CASH FOR STARTUPS
“If you start a business tomorrow, I can give you all the tax credits in the world, but since you haven’t made a nickel yet, they’re of no use to you. President Obama came in with a really good energy policy, including an idea to provide both a tax credit for new green jobs and for startup companies, to allow the conversion of the tax credit into its cash equivalent for every employee hired. Then last December, in the tax-cut compromise, the Republicans in Congress wouldn’t agree to extend this benefit because they said, “This is a spending program, not a tax cut. We’re only for tax cuts.” It was a mistake. The cash incentive worked. On the day President Obama took office, the U.S. had less than 2 percent of the world market in manufacturing the high-powered batteries for hybrid or all-electric cars. On the day of the congressional elections in 2010, thanks in large part to the cash-incentive policy, we had 20 percent of global capacity, with 30 new battery plants built or under construction, 16 of them in Michigan, which had America’s second-highest unemployment rate. We have to convince the Republican Congress that this is a good thing. If this incentive structure can be maintained, it’s estimated that by 2015 we’ll have 40 percent of the world’s capacity for these batteries. We could get lots of manufacturing jobs in the same way. I could write about this until the cows come home.”
So could I Mr. President.