The latest news, resources and events about social entrepreneurship in Northern Ontario from SEE Northern Region Partnership.
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[Vol. 4 Issue 19, November 2018]

SE One Partnership Training Continues with Workshops to Northern SBECs

In early November Maureen Strickland, the Social Enterprise Development Specialist, delivered Train the Trainer sessions at two small business enterprise centres, Millworks in Sault Ste Marie and Enterprise Temiskaming in Temiskaming Shores, as well as to a group of EDOs in Wawa.  These sessions provided resources and tools to assist business and economic development officers to work with social entrepreneurs to determine if they should move ahead with their social enterprise idea. If you are a social entrepreneur in any of these areas please reach out to your local small business enterprise centre for assistance.

Online Social Enterprise Webinars Available

At the end of October, Social Enterprise Development Specialist, Maureen Strickland delivered nine webinars that were recorded and will be available on the SEE webpage along with accompanying worksheets.  The series takes a practical approach and provides information, and tools for social entrepreneurs, business developers and economic developers to work through social enterprise ideas to go/no go decision-making, start up and scale up. Additionally there are webinars that give guidance on how to measure impact, do community asset mapping or set up a grassroots peer mentoring circle in your area. We encourage everyone to view these webinars, and download the corresponding worksheets.

Save the Date: Social Enterprise Round Tables

Join us February 27th and 28th, 2019 in Timmins for our Social Enterprise Roundtable.
Participants will:
• learn about what is (and is not) a Social Enterprise • how to start a  business that can solve community problems • build capacity, knowledge and awareness of social enterprise tools and resources
Who should attend?
• Economic development and community development professionals • Non-profit leaders interested in alternative revenue streams for their organizations • Indigenous community and business leaders • Federal, provincial and municipal staff with roles or interests in economic development • Councilors and community leaders • Anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise
Registration will open soon and for more information please contact Natasha Chalwell at or visit

Save the Date!

Spotlight Series: Hometown Bubbles

Did you know that the unemployment rate for individuals on the autism spectrum was at 80% in Canada? (World health organization, 2017) Many young Canadians living with autism have trouble finding employment and this issue could be linked to many reasons, but this is an article about a solution. Hometown Bubbles is a social enterprise developed through ENACTUS, a student leadership organization based at Laurentian University.

Hometown Bubbles came to be in February of 2018. Moe Alaeddine is the project manager and co-runs ENACTUS with Alexie Beaulieu, and they have both been working on this project since the beginning. “We saw a big gap in the support services in terms of experience and opportunities for individuals living with autism. There wasn’t much out there helping these kids get out there and find their independence and cope with their social anxiety.”
This social enterprise is available to everyone on the autism spectrum as a tool for youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. Participants go through four sessions of business education and soap making workshops, once completed they receive a kit to make and sell soaps on their own. Hometown Bubbles works alongside the participants throughout the whole process, from the education to selling the product. The group works as a support for after completion of the program to ensure that participants are not left without help if needed.

Hometown Bubbles is still young, but they have already had nearly 40 participants complete their free program. They have partnerships with various organizations, such as with elementary schools, Autism Ontario and Community Children Resource Centre. These contacts share the information on when sessions are held, and the interested parties contact Hometown Bubbles directly to register. While they have only held the workshops in Sudbury, Hometown Bubbles is prepared to do a bit of traveling to offer their program. They are currently working with Autism Ontario to offer workshops in various municipalities in northern Ontario.
Once participants start selling their soaps, they can sell them at markets or to family and friends. Moe Alaeddine said that Hometown Bubbles will even set up a hot dog stand as a fundraiser for the program and invite participants to sell their soaps at the same time.

 “We wanted something easy to make that let people be creative and have fun with it. With soap, you can have different colors, scents, and packaging.” Moe Alaedine says soap was chosen as the tool for empowerment and entrepreneurship not only because of its simplicity but because of the possibilities for personalizing the products these youths are selling.

Not only does Hometown Bubbles provide education and self-employment opportunities to youth on the autism spectrum, but they also provide volunteering opportunities and work experience for social work or education students. There aren’t too many chances to get experience working with youths living with disabilities and volunteering for Hometown Bubbles provides that experience.
Thank you to our Partners and Funders!
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