Social Enterprise

In 2019, we invite you to join us, as we explore social enterprise, deepen our understanding of social needs in Huron County and evolve entrepreneurial efforts that will create social impact for families in our community.

Thanks to our generous financial sponsor: Libro Credit Union Prosperity Fund
Thanks to our business development facilitator:  Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre

Are you an existing business owner or aspiring entrepreneur?

Would you like to make a social impact in Huron County while operating a successful business?

Please join us to learn more, plus+

  • Access a community of social entrepreneurs
  • Expand knowledge about local social needs
  • Learn how to start-up a social business, make a social impact, avoid pitfalls and launch a business faster!
  • Receive coaching support and develop your network
  • Support a local, non-profit in advancing the message and contribute to social impact by testing the concept

This program is for anyone who wants to contribute to social impact in Huron County through business – you may be wanting to build your business or employment skills, be an entrepreneur, already part of an existing business or non-profit or taking a break from the workplace.

Social enterprise may be completely new to you or you could already be underway.
Whatever the case, this program can move you closer to your social impact goals.


The Details
Thursday February 14, 2019  10:00 am – 12:00 pm; every other week until May 9, 2019
Lakeshore United Church, Goderich
Lower level, there is an elevator for accessibility

Every session includes;

  • Business coaching
  • Information about Huron County social needs
  • Opportunity to contribute to Rural Response for Healthy Children’s social enterprise prototype, called Wash It! – we make laundry detergent for local charities for families to access.
  • Free child care provided on-site at the Church
  • Free snacks and refreshments provided by local businesses
  • Two-minute facilitated well-being activity for self-care to start each session
  • Transportation support available; may arrange taxis or provide gas cards


Registration Required
Registering provides us with information about your goals and needs to ensure this experience is worthwhile.

Please register by calling 519-482-8777 or 1-800- 479-0716 or email


There are also two options to learn more and register in person.

In Goderich  Facebook Event Link
Thursday January 31, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Libro Credit Union, Community Room
74 Kingston Street

In Clinton  Facebook Event Link
Thursday February 7, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Libro Credit Union
48 Ontario Street

Session Overview  Facebook Event Link
While evolving your own social impact opportunity, you will also support Rural Response for Healthy Children’s new social enterprise, Wash It!  Wash It! is a prototype social enterprise that practices to build capacity, deepen an understanding of social needs in Huron and make laundry detergent to sell to local charities that many Huron County families access.

Feb 14, 2019 – Welcome  10 am – 12 pm
Meet co-facilitators, Kim Hagle from Rural Response for Healthy Children, and Nicki Darbyson from Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre.  Deepen understanding of social needs in Huron and share about your business or business idea…or just listen & take it all in.

February 28, 2019 – Flourishing Business & Social Good  10 am – 12 pm
Explore product ideas and market demands.  Discuss business plan and successful tips for integrating social impact into your business.

March 14, 2019 – Flourishing Business & Social Good Part 2  10 am – 12 pm
The nitty gritty of managing money and the details on business rules and regulations for your business ideas.

March 28, 2019 – Telling the Story 10 am – 12 pm
Defining your social impact for Huron County families, telling the story to the target market and community outreach.

April 11, 2019 – Positive Social Media Use for Social Impact 10 am – 12 pm
Learn which social media outlet is the best for your target market, how to use hashtags, create ads and images with Canva and share your social impact story with dignity.

April 25, 2019 – Wash It! Production  10 am – 12 pm
Roll up your sleeves for production day!  Time to mix ingredients, package and label detergent for Huron County families.

May 9, 2019 – Community Showcase & Celebration  10 am – 12 pm
Community showcase of achievements and celebration of people who took the time to deepen their understanding of social needs, contributed to making a social impact and are on their way to evolving a new social enterprise or integrating social impact in their business.

Rural Response for Healthy Children’s interest in social enterprise stems from a previous project funded by Status of Women that identified opportunities in Huron to build economic opportunities for women.  The project focus was on women who lead single family households and/or those who manage multiple part-time jobs while trying to secure quality, flexible child care.   Through Rural Response for Healthy Children’s ongoing work in the community of supporting families, we see opportunity to deepen the understanding of social need in Huron County and engage local business to increase their ability for social impact.

This program is financially supported by the Libro Prosperity Fund and co-facilitated by Huron Economic Development and Rural Response for Healthy Children. The idea emerged from a social enterprise pitch opportunity hosted in 2017 at Ashwood Inn, Bayfield.   Rural Response for Healthy Children leveraged our second-place cash prize from the pitch event and was also awarded a grant from the Libro Prosperity Fund in 2018 to advance this project.