Buy Social Prairies Supports Social Enterprise
We advocate for and educate on social procurement as a goal for the social enterprise sector. This is done through workshops, public outreach, and social media. Access to procurement contracts, either from larger institutions or government, is the milestone set by Buy Social Canada, to level the playing field between traditional businesses and social enterprise. Creating an environment where reasonable competition and social good are weighed appropriately is an important part of growing the social enterprise sector as a whole, nationwide.
We connect social enterprises with each other to do business. Many social enterprises are either structured for smaller scale operation, or are highly specialized, making procurement a difficult prospect. By using networking, education, and white-label modeling, we hope to make more business accessible to social enterprises.
We help social enterprises grow by identifying and closing gaps. Whether these gaps are related to planning and management, or access to materials we connect social enterprises with experts appropriate to their needs. These experts are consultants, fellow business operators, and suppliers – our goal is to see the community work together.
Communities with social enterprises see benefits they otherwise would not. Social enterprises often employ people with barriers, and make decisions based on the impact their business can have on local or regional wellbeing. These decisions often include working with other local or social endeavors, strong environmental practices, and other community-focused activities.
Every level of government sees benefit from social enterprise. This sector lines up very well with government programs to increase social wealth, reduce poverty, and ensure economic security for communities they’re involved in. Social procurement means involving more local businesses in government contracts, and paving the way for social enterprise to thrive with good policies going forward.
You, the consumer, can benefit from social enterprises as well! By making social purchases, you support the local economy. This support can mean reducing barriers to employment, helping local businesses grow, encouraging entrepreneurship, and more! Social enterprises compete with traditional businesses in the open market, meaning these benefits simply come from your choice of where to shop rather than additional costs for products and services.
How you can support Buy Social Prairies?
Getting involved is easy!
- Certified businesses support our work through membership dues.
- Business owners and the general public can contribute by attending workshops or meetings where we ask for registration fees.
- Sponsorship of Buy Social events and projects. Contact us for more information!
- LITE donors can direct their gift in support of Buy Social.