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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 | Grow a Social Enterprise

SNAP E&T Overview

What is SNAP E&T? View the Three-Part SNAP E&T Webinar Series While the application to the SNAP E&T Cohort is closed, these webinars and slide decks walk through SNAP E&T 101 and Employment Social Enterprise alignment. REDF will be launching another SNAP E&T Cohort in early 2025. If you’d like to express interest in the […]
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. 
8 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Customer Experience and Feedback Overview

Customer experience and feedback refers to formal ongoing processes to solicit customer feedback and incorporate insights into both business strategy and daily operations.
19 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Selling Process Overview

Selling process refers to a series of steps taken to sell a product or service to a customer. A strong sales process is repeatable and scalable, leverages standardized tools and templates, outlines clear roles and responsibilities for sales team members, and is data driven.
11 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Pricing Strategy Overview

Pricing strategy is how a business determines the ideal price of a product or service, informed by a range of factors such as business costs, competition, and customer value.
41 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Employment Social Enterprise Glossary

This is a helpful resource for those seeking to better understand the terminology and concepts related to Employment Social Enterprises (ESEs) and the broader field of social entrepreneurship.
12 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Cost Analysis Overview – Fixed and Variable Costs 

Fixed and variable costs refer to the categorization of business expenses depending on whether they are affected by changes in product/service quantity sold, or whether they remain constant regardless of quantity sold.
13 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Business Plan Overview

A business plan describes a business’s overarching objectives and describes a plan for how it will achieve those objectives. 
9 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Sales Channel Overview

Sales channels are the methods a business uses to sell products or services to customers.