A number of Miami Valley nonprofit agencies have launched micro-businesses to generate additional revenue and reduce reliance on other sources of funding. Not only do many of these micro-businesses contribute to financial sustainability, they also provide clients with job-training experiences.
Please consider supporting these micro-businesses and, in the process, help local agencies deliver their programs and services to those in need.
- Life Enrichment Center’s Findlay Street Cafe, offering both a lunch destination, open to the public, Tuesday – Friday 11:30 – 1:30, and full catering services, both onsite and offsite. Findlay Street Cafe
- Life Enrichment Center’s Reservable Meeting Space, providing newly renovated meeting and conference space for both small and large groups, complete with media capabilities, ample parking, and full catering services. For more information, contact Nikki Sherck, Administrative Director, at 937-252-5700 ext. 3228.
- Victory Project’s Landscaping Management Services, provides both residential and commercial landscaping, mowing, mulching and spring/fall clean-up, even construction site clean up & haul away services – Victory Project Landscape Management
- We Care Arts in-studio and online Gift Shop featuring a wide variety of beautiful personal and household items made by clients of the agency, who are people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. In-studio shop hours Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tue 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m – We Care Arts Gift Shop
- Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Retail Stores offers 26 locations and their outlet center to shoppers all over the region. Goodwill Stores
- Clothes that Work’s Boutique is an upscale retail shop that is open to the public – The Boutique
- Homefull’s Landscaping and Micro-Farm – Homefull Solutions
- Hospice of Dayton’s Heirloom Shoppes – resale shops featuring furniture, antiques and other collectibles. Their inventory is made up entirely of donated items, and all sales support patient care at Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Butler and Warren Counties. Hospice of Dayton Heirlooms Shoppes
- Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore – a discount retail store that sells building materials and home improvement products to the general public. Revenue is used to build more Habitat homes throughout Greene and Montgomery Counties. Dayton Habitat ReStore
- Daybreak’s Lindy & Company Gourmet Pet Treats – a bakery that offers homeless youth paid transitional job opportunities while they receive job assessment and job placement services. Lindy and Company
- People Working Cooperatively’s Whole Home service – home mobility modification services for safe, comfortable, accessible living. PWC Whole Home
- Friends of Project READ – has a bookstore inside of the Antiques Village in Centerville, selling new and gently used books to support literacy services for Project READ. The bookstore is inside Antiques Village at 651 Lyons Road in Centerville. Project READ Bookstore
To explore the creation of a micro-business at your agency, contact Flywheel in Cincinnati for services and support. Flywheel in Cincinnati helps nonprofits build more meaningful and sustainable social enterprises – Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub
Has your nonprofit started a micro-business? If so, let the MVNC help you promote it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your business, a brief description, website, email and/or other contact information.