EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Social Entrepreneurship in Legacy Cities (2017)
Co-Learning Plan - 2017
Authors: Jason Ball and Steve Wolbert, Community Ventures and Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative
A functional definition of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise in the context of Michigan’s legacy cities is necessary for planning. To do this, the project will consist of research on at least five case studies of social enterprises in Michigan cities to illustrate the definition, as well as existing data on the performance of various businesses along a continuum of social enterprise to evaluate the business success and social impact of different approaches. This will allow an identification of existing resources related to economic development, workforce development, and social services that can support a social enterprise approach to economic development.