Across the globe, organisations known as a ‘social enterprise’ are on the rise. According to Social Traders, these are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide access to employment and training, or help the environment.
Forage Supply Co, established by two friends, Justin Westhoff and Scott Rogasch, is a social enterprise focused on environmental sustainability, building opportunities to help people live sustainably, and with a driving goal to deliver services that help reduce homelessness. They deliver a range of sustainable products including Barossa Valley wines, vegan food trucks and ethical clothing. Their latest project is focused on building off-the-grid housing to help reduce homelessness.
In today’s episode of Be The Drop, Justin and Scott share how they brought together their passion for environmental sustainability and a desire to provide meaningful support to the Hutt Street Centre, to create their social enterprise. They also discuss how they balance the need to make a profit to grow their business whilst at the same time donating time and money to support others in need.
“We are learning how to impact our community over time, but our business has to grow to make a bigger impact and give more back.”
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In this episode on social enterprise, you will learn:
- How to communicate your goals to your stakeholders
- Ways to involve sustainable practices in your life and business
- How to manage criticism and self-doubt
- Available resources for social entrepreneurs
- How to sell values as an attractive product
- How to attract investors with an unconventional business model
- Why interacting with mentors and mentees can present great opportunities
- The power of passionate and emotive stories in impacting community
“We built the brand before we had anything to sell, we made sure we knew how to tell stories before we started. It kept us focused.”
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