Why Social Enterprises Matter

Our last blog entry dealt with the definition of a social enterprise using an excellent article written by Andy Horsnell, What a Social Enterprise Is ( and Is Not). You may find the complete article at the Free Management Library (www.managementhelp.org). In this entry we would like to continue with “Why Social Enterprises Matter” from Andy Horsnell’s article. Here we briefly cover thoughts on positive change (impact), responsiveness, scalability and stakeholders. Focusing on positive change is the first characteristic that may be attributed to social enterprises. If our goal is to bring about change in the families we serve, then let’s ...

Social Enterprise

Cross Trade considers itself a social enterprise.  Our purpose, investing in the lives of the poor in NE Brazil, and market based strategy of retailing and wholesaling their products in the USA and Brazil, indicate this assessment is accurate.   Since this is the first of regular additions to the Cross Trade blog, I thought it would be appropriate to define social enterprise.  Then as you become more familiar with Cross Trade’s operations, you can use this information to form opinions on how well Cross Trade is doing and what changes should be considered.  (Your input will always be welcome!)  The following ...

Cross Trade’s Newest Team Member

  CROSS TRADE’S NEWEST TEAM MEMBER   Evaldo Prata is our newest member of the Cross Trade team.  Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Evaldo Studied business administration and engineering at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo and Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial.  He brings to Cross Trade 25 years of business experience and a heart for the people we serve.  With Evaldo’s work  CrossTrade will more than double the number of  families being helped to escape the trap of poverty.   Already we have experienced Evaldo’s work ethic and administrative abilities.  In September we traveled together meeting with new families to help.  Evaldo planned a rigorous ...

Cross Trade Listens!

Cross Trade’s passion is to provide opportunities for families in Brazil to work their way out of the trap of poverty.  One thing we are continuing to learn is to ask questions and listen!  The families we serve know better than we do what help they need.  However, we also want to hear from you!  Ideas on helping our partners (families) and the products that are sold in our Online Store and our Blowing Rock, NC store.  If you have comments or suggestions for improving our service, please post them here.  If you have encouragement  for our partners in Brazil, you may include them ...
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