Using Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas
This webinar describes a guidebook that local development practitioners can use in working with groups to start
community supported enterprises that start or reopen essential businesses such as grocery stores in their
communities. The purpose of these enterprises is to provide local access to goods and services but also
strengthen the social capital in the community. CSEs are now used to provide social services as well. Examples
of successful CSEs will be discussed along with essential elements needed to make them succeed.
Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University and David Ivan, Michigan State University
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