SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACQUISITION

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACQUISITION

If you are a non-profit thinking about starting a social enterprise, why not acquire one instead?

Did you know:

  • Over 700,000 Canadian small businesses are at risk of closing due to lack of buyers
  • 32% of non-profit revenues come from earned income, with social enterprise becoming a core approach

Business Legacies Initiative is a research and innovation initiative exploring how to:

  • address succession and transition challenges facing small business owners,
  • support non-profits to explore business acquisition as a social enterprise strategy, and;
  • ensure that essential goods, services and employment provided by local businesses remain in communities.

The goal of the Business Legacies initiative is to understand the challenges and opportunities for business to community business transition; develop processes, resources and training to assist; and identify initial pilots to support through the process.

Since 2019, Scale Institute and Royal Roads University have been developing research, tools and resources to support non-profit acquisition and community wealth.

  RESEARCH  

  CASE STUDIES  

PATHWAY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PURCHASE TOOLKIT

In July 2021, the partnership launched a comprehensive toolkit called “Pathway to a Successful Business Purchase” (PSBP Toolkit). Adapted from Venture Connect’s buyer’s workbook of the same name, the PSBP Toolkit is the first of its kind in Canada to address the unique challenges and needs of the non-profit sector.

In July 2021, the partnership launched a comprehensive toolkit called “Pathway to a Successful Business Purchase” (PSBP Toolkit). Adapted from Venture Connect’s buyer’s workbook of the same name, the PSBP Toolkit is the first of its kind in Canada to address the unique challenges and needs of the non-profit sector.

  INFORMATION SESSIONS  

JUNE 2022

JUNE 2021

  LOOKING TO ACQUIRE AND NEED SUPPORT?  

  ACQUISITION RESOURCES  

  PARTNERS AND FUNDERS  

This project is a partnership between Royal Roads University and Scale Collaborative

We are thankful for funding support from: 

Government of British Columba