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Business Planning

An employment social enterprise is an organization that 1) derives a meaningful portion of its total budget from the sale of goods and services, and 2) purposefully hires and supports a specific population of employees as part of its mission. The Business Planning section covers the first element in depth, while the Employee Success Program section covers the second. 

The Business Planning section explores three core concepts in some depth: a) how ESEs generate earned revenue, b) how ESEs can maintain or increase profitability of business operations, and c) best practices around how ESEs can plan for the future, whether by exploring growth scenarios, business model pivots, or other actions. 

All Business Planning Resources

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2 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Pricing Power

Understanding pricing power is crucial because it directly influences a company's ability to thrive and adapt in a dynamic marketplace.
20 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Example Business Plan

Review an example of a business plan to gain a perspective on the structure, format and language of an ESE business plan.
10 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Price and Product Benchmarking

Develop a point of view on how your products are priced relative to competitors in the market.
11 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Lead Qualification Tool

You can use this tool to determine whether prospective customers are a good fit for the organization and how likely they are to become customers.
10 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Net Promoter Score Survey & Analysis

Learn more about how to conduct a NPS survey and analysis, and see an example analysis output.
30 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Double Bottom Line (DBL) Analysis – Starter Kit

Double Bottom Line (DBL) financial analysis helps us understand how financially self-sustaining each part of our ESE is. Download this resource to create and analyze your own DBL income statement.
14 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Introduction to Social Costs

Distinguishing social costs from ordinary business costs enables you to make more informed decisions on managing your budget and making targeted cost reductions.
2 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

SNAP E&T Overview

REDF along with Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI),  Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), and Farestart are offering another round of SNAP E&T Cohorts! This cohort is designed to assess and prepare employment social enterprises (ESEs) and non-profits in becoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) third-party partners and/or enhancing existing SNAP E&T programs. This […]
24 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Venture Criteria Tool

This Venture Criteria Bank & Template Tool can be used for ESEs to generate, refine, and prioritize a set of venture criteria that will enable them to meet their business, social, and operational goals.
6 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Value Proposition Overview

A value proposition is a clear statement that conveys a) how the product or service your social enterprise sells will meet an important and unmet customer need, and b) why these customers should buy from your business vs. a competitor.