Social and community enterprise

Social enterprise is a concept which uses a business model to meet a social need or aspiration. Social enterprises are designed to be self-funding or recover the costs associated with meeting community, cultural, economic and environmental needs.

Through the use of social enterprise, communities and individuals become empowered to:

  • create the change they want to see in their world
  • more effectively deliver community outcomes
  • meet urgent social priorities
  • generate sustainability in social programs
  • reduce their dependence on external funding.

Central Coast Council offers a range of programs as part of the Central Coast Regional Social Enterprise Strategy. These:

  • promote economic sustainability in the social sector
  • increase the social and community benefits generated by local enterprises
  • support the development of innovative new enterprise models within the region.

Social Enterprise Program - Launch Pad

Launch Pad is a program that supports the growth of local social enterprises.

Do you have a great idea to create your own business or charitable venture; make a difference in your community; or get paid to do what you love? Then it's time to do something about it!

Turn your ideas and dreams into reality and develop the skills you need to develop a business model, business plan, get grant-ready or get your new venture off the ground with the Launch Pad, a FREE social enterprise development program provided by Council for local aspiring social entrepreneurs. Surround yourself with like minds!

Information Session

27 February 2019 | 9.30am-12.30pm and 5.30-7.30pm
Gosford Smart Work Hub, 28 William Street, Gosford

Join us to explore the concepts of Social Enterprise. Gather tips and tools for your 'start-up' enterprise and see if you're ready to join our new free 'Launch Pad' program.

To attend the information session please RSVP via email to Adele Johns by 25 February 2019. 

Entry to the Launch Pad program will be via Expressions of Interest. Places are limited. EOI opens on 6 February and closes on 13 March 2019.

Program Schedule

27 March – Step 1: Ideas to Action canvas
10 April – Step 2: Understanding your impact
24 April – Step 3: Pitch and Purpose
8 May – Step 4: Lead by Story
22 May – Step 5: Social Media makes it
5 June – Step 6: The Essentials
26 June – Pitch Night

All sessions 9.30am-1.30pm or 5.30-8.30pm. Lunch is provided from 12.30pm.

For more information on how to participate, contact our Community Enterprise Officer Adele Johns.

Places for your business

Incubation spaces for retail

Council has partnered with various shopping centres across the Central Coast to provide free shopfronts as incubation spaces for social enterprise retail initiatives.

This is a great chance to maximise exposure and build your concept while working from one of the region's major retail centres.

For more information contact our Community Enterprise Officer.

Smart Work Hub - Gosford

The Gosford Smart Work Hub is a space where small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs can work, be connected to fast Wi-Fi and be surrounded by like minds to share ideas, concepts and business acumen in a professional yet relaxed environment. The Smart Work Hub offers all the convenience of an office facility without the commitment of an expensive lease.

Social Entrepreneur Network – creating meaningful connections

If you're an entrepreneur involved with a community group or business person committed to making a difference within our community, keep an eye out for our peer-to-peer network events, particularly The ‘Power Hour Series’. Find out about the latest development in the sector and the resources and support available for Central Coast social enterprises. For more information, email us to be added to our database.

Social Enterprise regional strategy

There has been a growing interest around social enterprise on the Central Coast over the last eight years. The Social Enterprise Strategy for the Central Coast (2011), was developed with input from a variety of local, state and federal government departments, non-government organisations, the business and community sectors. Contact our Community Enterprise Officer for more information.

Social Procurement - boosting our local economy

By purchasing quality goods or services that also produce positive social outcomes, we can strengthen local economic development, open new opportunities for employment or enhance local skill development. Purchasing with purpose and understanding how the choices you make in spending can have a positive impact in contributing to our social economy.

Social Procurement in NSW: a Guide to Achieving Social Value through Public Sector Procurement is the culmination of a 12-month partnership of local, state and federal governments across the Central Coast, Sydney and the Illawarra, working together to promote social procurement in NSW.

Success stories

Social enterprises fulfil a broad range of community needs, priorities and aspirations in every industry sector.

Read some of these great examples of Central Coast businesses making a difference through social enterprise:

Grant and funding options

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Last updated : Fri 11 Jan 2019