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As you begin to think about your idea, you will need to structure it from both a business and a social standpoint. Below are resources to help guide you in planning your idea. You are encouraged to attend the Idea Labs and also set up a meeting with the Center for Peace and Commerce to help you on your way.


Learn about the easy steps necessary to plan your Social Innovation Idea from Harvard's Social Innovation Project toolkit.

Love or Lucre Consider your business model, are you a pure business, pure nonprofit or a hybrid? Read Jim Fruchterman's short article, "For Love or Lucre."
Root Cause

Download the Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact as a resource for helping build your proposal. Another source:

Fmoyes Moyes, Frank “Writing a Successful Business Plan 2009”

REDF Social Enterprise How-To Resources, including the Social Enterprise Business Plan template:


Seedco Toolkit for Developing a Social Purpose Business Plan

istart Get your idea off the ground and network with istart

The Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model. This is a great resource for non-business students to use to create your plan. Visit this link to learn more: and download the canvas tool to map your idea.

the Daily Muse

Four Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, links to an article discussing how to how women entrepreneurs have successfully created start-ups by doing what they love to do.

Faces For additional resources, make an appointment to meet with the Center for Peace and Commerce's Nadia Auch: or 619-260-4857 or catch us during live chats on Facebook