Understanding Social Enterprise Workshops

Understanding Social Enterprise is a 2 day program (delivered through Social Enterprise Academy Australia) and will introduce you to the values and purpose of social enterprise, organisational and legal structures for social enterprise, and finance and support for social enterprise.

As participant of this program you will take part in a lively and engaging learning journey and delve into the stories of real life social enterprises and debate with other learners about the nature of ethical business.

Some of the other learning outcomes include:

  • Defining the values and purpose of a social enterprise to better understand where it sits in relation to the corporate and voluntary sector
  • Using tools and resources to help you plan for and assess the potential of social enterprise ideas
  • Examining the range of organisational and legal structure available to social enterprises to comprehend the variety of types of social enterprise

This program is for local community leaders and practitioners, business leaders, education leaders, social entrepreneurs, councillors and cross departmental council staff.


Rural Councils Victoria Project

ACRE is working in partnership with Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) to deliver Understanding Social Enterprise workshops across the 38 RCV member councils. These facilitated workshops deliberately bring together cross sector leaders from government, community, education and business to learn about social enterprise. These workshops have been incredibly successful and are currently being rolled out across the state.

Purpose of the project:

  • Explore the role ‘Social Enterprise’ business models are playing in rejuvenating rural communities through building economic and social capital simultaneously
  • Learn alongside local leaders and influencers from all sectors of your community – key ingredient in unlocking the assets of all thriving places
  • Play a role in creating an enabling environment that recognises and values entrepreneurship and ideas.

Progress to date:

Ten workshops have been delivered to date to 140 local leaders and influencers from all sectors of community (business, community, government and education) across these rural council areas:

  • East Gippsland Shire Council (Bairnsdale)
  • Loddon Shire Council (Inglewood)
  • Campaspe Shire Council (Rochester)
  • Corangamite Shire Council (Cobden)
  • Buloke Shire Council (Wycheproof)
  • Wellington Shire Council (Sale)
  • Southern Grampians Shire (Hamilton)
  • West Wimmera Shire (Goroke)
  • Hindmarsh Shire (Rainbow)
  • South Gippsland Shire (Korumburra)

Key insights so far:

  • Social enterprise is a serious business model capable of influencing local economies
  • There is a growing demand for communities to explore non-traditional funding models
  • There is potential to connect procurement practices with social enterprises
  • Importance of valuing ideas from the people with energy in communities
  • The workshops are kick starting a place-based community of practice for each rural council
  • Desire for more how to’ initiatives to implement next steps

Think Start Grow Project, Towong Shire

The Think-Start-Grow project has a specific focus on utilising soft infrastructure and building peoples understanding of available business models to drive startup entrepreneurship across the Towong Shire.

Over a 12-month period the project will deliberately focus on building the knowledge and awareness of entrepreneurship and involve a series of targeted workshops, networking forums, incubator events and mentoring support to people exploring startup enterprises.

The workshop dates and locations are below and places can be booked on the Towong Shire website: https://www.towong.vic.gov.au/visitors/whats-on/

Upper Murray Workshop 
Corryong Council Chambers
Thursday 8th November 2018
10.00am – 4.00pm
Light lunch provided 

Mitta Valley Workshop 
Mitta Mitta Brewing Co.
Friday 9th November 2018
10.00am – 4.00pm
Light lunch provided 

Tallangatta Workshop 
Tallangatta Library Community Space
Tuesday 13th November 2018
10.00am – 4.00pm
Light lunch provided 


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