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Social Enterprise Expo a hit

Published: 24 November 2015

Social Enterprise Expo a hit

More than 50 Logan City-based socially-minded businesses featured at the Logan Entertainment Centre on 4 November 2015 for the hugely successful first Logan Social Enterprise Expo.

Products showcased included spices, baked food, beauty products and recycled goods, along with services ranging from gardening, maintenance and cleaning to community-based finance, self-development courses and job placement agencies.

Crowds taste-tested products, heard key speakers and learned about the wide range of high quality social enterprises strengthening the fabric of the Logan City community.

Social enterprises not only contribute to our local economy, but also exist to support and train people who face challenges entering the workforce.

Logan's social enterprises support a wide range of job-seekers, including people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and long-term unemployed. They also deliver products and services with a strong social and/or environmental focus.

The inaugural Logan Social Enterprises Expo was coordinated by YFS social enterprise Substation 33, in partnership with a wide range of other local social enterprises including Access Community Services, Logan City Community Housing and BoysTown.

The forum supports the outcomes of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015 to strengthen social enterprises in Logan City.

For more details: https://www.facebook.com/LSEMF2015

Logan City Social Enterprises - a quick glance

Businesses

Name

Product or service

Website

Access Community Services:

AES Building and Maintenance Services

Providing training through professional building and maintenance solutions and personalised customer service to some of the most reputable companies in Australia, including property developers, construction companies, large institutions and small to medium enterprises.

www.aessolutions.com.au

Access Community Services:

Driver Training

Driving training for people of all cultures.

www.accesscommunity.com.au/social-enterprise

Access Community Services:

Harmony on Carmody

A café providing training while delivering quality internationally-inspired meals.

www.accesscommunity.com.au/social-enterprise

Access Community Services:

Strive International Employment & Training

Employment and training services with a focus on migrants and refugees.

www.accesscommunity.com.au/social-enterprise

Access Community Services:

The Spice Exchange

Helping refugee women adapt to their new country by tapping into their wealth of culinary knowledge and experience but teaching business and employment skills as they do. In partnership with Harmony on Carmody, participants put together spice blends specific to their respective homelands which are then packaged alongside the traditional stories and recipes.

www.accesscommunity.org.au/the-spice-exchange

Amplify

An online platform educating users on how to build a portable Bluetooth speaker; providing users with confidence to start their own business or enter the workforce.

 

BE Enterprise

Providing professional and personal development packages for businesses wanting to develop a capable, innovative and engaged workforce.

www.beenterprise.com.au

BoysTown

Providing a range of training opportunities through construction, landscaping, property maintenance services, Green Enterprises (bush regeneration and tree planting), recycling and cabinet making.

www.boystown.com.au

Café Edge

This Beenleigh cafe provides low cost dining and supports the charity arm providing school breakfasts, free counselling, support groups, anger and relationship courses, youth and senior support, mentoring programs for young people, emergency food assistance, Friday night street van, and supervised drug and alcohol free activities.

www.eventsontheedge.net

Centro Care

The Do Drop In Shop provides community support through great value food parcels, clothing and counselling.

www.centrocentre.com.au

Churches of Christ

Providing pathways to employment through training and services including gardens and mowing, cleaning, car detailing, hospitality and a Community Hub.

www.cofc.com.au

First Training

Purchases fruit and vegetables in bulk, packs into retail boxes and sells to the community, providing training for participants.

www.firstserviceinc.net

FSG Australia Green

Stocks a range of eco-friendly cleaning products for commercial and business clients. Also sells hand-made soy candles. 100% of profits used for FSG social programs.

www.fsg.org.au

FSG Realty

Full-service real estate company with all profits going back into FSG Australia.

www.fsg.org.au

FSG Studio

Based at The Spot: a state-of-the-art recording studio for musicians, producers, composers and creatives to record, create and collaborate.

www.fsg.org.au

FSG Travel

One-stop travel shop for people with a disability.

www.fsg.org.au

GYO Food

Food gardening consultancy providing food presentations, workshops and training.

www.gyofood.com.au

Joining Hands

Provides access to health and wellbeing services for homeless and vulnerable people.

www.joininghands.com.au

Life 2 Project

Emotional and financial empowerment for women on low incomes or who have been impacted by domestic violence.

www.life2project.com.au

People Power Cleaning

A professional cleaning service offering carpet, commercial, event and bond cleaning, lawn mowing and pest control.

www.peoplepowercleaning.com.au/

Project 4 Change

A public benevolent institution supporting the community through housing supply, equitable food supply, women's financial education and support, innovation support and funding

www.project4change.org.au

Multilink:
The Enterprising Chameleon

Chameleon Respite Assisted Holidays offers quality cruise care packages, day trips and land-based holidays for the elderly and people with disabilities.

www.multilink.org.au

Rewired IT

An Australian Disability Enterprise, helps participants living with a disability or part of the Work for the Dole program, building readiness and computer refurbishment skills to provide affordable technology to the community. Part of the Wesley Mission.

www.rewiredit.com.au

Rock In Design

Builds unique, high quality furniture for sale, providing flexible training and personal development specifically targeted at young men, young mothers and disengaged youth.

 

Social Pops

Makes hand-crafted gourmet ice-pops and empowers young entrepreneurs with basic business and enterprise skills.

https://www.facebook.com/socialpops

Sort Recycling

Specialising in recycling e-waste and employment through community projects.

www.sort-recyling.myshopify.com

TransitCare

Providing community transport and social inclusion for clients.

www.transitcare.com.au

Wonderful Services

A mobile car detailing service that helps people with mental illness gain skills, confidence and stamina through paid employment. An initiative of Canefields Clubhouse at Beenleigh.

http://wonderfulservice.weebly.com/

YFS: 16C creations

Café, homewares and food items; part of YFS - holds sales every six-eight weeks.

www.yfs.org.au/social-enterprises-2/

YFS: Substation 33

An electronic waste recycling centre providing opportunities for volunteers and employees to gain confidence and skills to transition to sustainable employment.

www.yfs.org.au/social-enterprises-2/

YFS Car Wash Crew

Car washing

www.yfs.org.au/social-enterprises-2/

YFS: Work Crew

Provides trailing in a supported and supervised environment, delivering services including lawn mowing, gardening, litter control, graffiti removal, odd jobs, small moves, office relocations, rubbish removals, delivery services, handyman services

www.yfs.org.au/workcrew

Support services, agencies and operators

Name

Product or service

Website

101FM

Logan City's community radio station.

 

Bendigo Bank

Business banking, loans and financial advice for social enterprises, with branches in Springwood and Marsden.

www.bendigobank.com.au/springwood

Community Campaign

Gotta Love Logan: a campaign to change the negative perceptions of Logan City

www.facebook.com/GottaLoveLogan

Community Sector Banking

Provides finance assistance for social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector.

www.communitysectorbanking.com.au

CSnet

Helps not-for-profits collect data and produce meaningful and real-time reports about client and social outcomes.

http://csnet.net.au/

Foresters Community Finance

Community development financial services connecting individuals, organisations and communities to help each other.

www.foresters.org.au

Impact Academy

Cornerstone program is a 20-week business accelerator specifically dedicated to supporting start-up and early stage social enterprise.

www.impactacademy.net.au

Lake Maintenance

An employer of large numbers of construction and home maintenance contractors, and a strong supporter of social enterprises.

www.lakemaint.com.au

Local Buy

The Local Government Association of Queensland-owned non-for-profit procurement company.

www.localbuy.net.au

Logan City Community Housing

Working with social housing residents and the community to identify new social enterprise opportunities and help tenants gain skills training and access to employment.

www.lcch.org.au

Logan Office of Economic Development

Logan City Council's economic development unit, supporting local businesses including social enterprises.

www.loed.com.au

Mental Health First Aid

Provides training to help someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

www.mhfa.com.au

McCullough Robertson

Specialist legal advice

www.mccullough.com.au

Queensland Department of Housing and Social Works

Procurement Transformation Division

www.hpw.qld.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx

Queensland Social Enterprise Council

The peak body for the social enterprise sector.

www.qsec.org.au/

SEFA

A social finance business using innovative lending solutions to build a stronger and more dynamic social enterprise sector.

www.sefa.com.au

School for Social Entrepreneurs

Inspires and equips change makers and social entrepreneurs to establish, scale and sustain social ventures.

www.sse.org.au

Sheltered by Grace

A homeless shelter based in Logan, with supported accommodation with 24-hour on-site support and a full case management program.

www.sbg.org.au

Social Traders

Nurtures, develops and grows social enterprises by raising awareness and building enterprise capability.

www.socialtraders.com.au