What is a social enterprise? A social enterprise is a business, for good. They trade like any other business, but exist specifically to make the world a better place.
Frankston Social Enterprise Hub connects current and aspiring social enterprises with support and opportunities.
In Victoria, social enterprises employ around 60,000 people and generate $5.2 billion for the economy each year. They create jobs (particularly for disadvantaged job seekers) across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region, creating important pathways to meaningful work.
Social entrepreneurship combines profit and positive impact, the Hub is home to a community
of individuals, organisations and businesses contributing to a better future for our region.
Meet some of our local social enterprises
Meet Doughing Nuts Donuts, a social enterprise business working to create employment opportunities and provide proactive support and education for those with Autism and other intellectual hurdles. It is with this purpose in mind that DoughingNuts solely employs participants of the NDIS.
Doughing Nuts Donuts joined Frankston Social Enterprise Hub’s 100 hours in 100 days program.
Taking part in the program has allowed the social entrepreneur to work with a mentor to explore the next steps for his social enterprise – whether a shopfront or trailer is best. It also helped him to expand his network, leading to large inquiries.
“Self-reflection has been a big part of what I have taken from this experience…It has been humbling and self-gratifying to have others believe, understand and listen with the intention to help…I have found the whole experience to be great…”
Meet Groomed to Go, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to help people in need by providing appropriate clothing and support services. They also operate an Op Shop. Part of their goal is empowering people to achieve economic independence!
Groomed to Go joined Frankston Social Enterprise Hub’s 100 hours in 100 days program.
Taking part in the program helped them to prepare for customer interviews, inform them of the new service delivery model, and develop a new financial model and business plan.
“This gave us greater confidence in the shift to social enterprise and helped them move their concept forward.”
Meet Down’s Estate Community Project also known as the Down’s Community Farm in Seaford.
Down’s Estate Community Project joined Frankston Social Enterprise Hub’s 100 hours in 100 days program.
Taking part in the program helped them have greater confidence in the shift to a social enterprise model and helped them move their concept forward.
“The mentoring workshop process has given us more tools for this undertaking as well as more motivation and confidence in our capacity to undertake a venture and an even greater commitment to the process and goals of social enterprise and its ethos of for people, for planet.”
Meet Rural Health Connect, a social enterprise that links people to psychologists through an online platform.
Rural Health Connect joined Frankston Social Enterprise Hub’s 100 hours in 100 days program.
Which helped them reach new target markets and manage existing relationships through a marketing and communications strategic plan and providing research and advice on Customer Relationship Management software and email marketing solutions.
“It was an extremely positive experience. The extra time taken by [the mentor] meant that we focussed on the right areas to achieve maximum benefit.”
Meet HomeGround a social enterprise cafe in Mornington serving uncommon coffee, providing opportunities for young people and creating community!
Home Ground joined Frankston Social Enterprise Hub’s 100 hours in 100 days program.
Taking part in the program helped them to have strategic decision-making and to develop a strategic plan for the social enterprise.
“It really helped us carve out space as a board to do some big-picture and long-term strategic thinking about how to maximise our impact in line with our vision and mission. [Frankston Social Enterprise Hub has] really helped us put in place a best practice approach to strategic planning and options analysis …”