Local agencies earning income, while impacting our community even more!

A number of Miami Valley nonprofit agencies have launched micro-businesses to increase financial support and reduce their dependency upon outside sources of funding. They’re committed to strengthening financial stability as well as providing their individual clients with relevant job-training experiences.

What is a Micro-business?

Community-Wealth.org offers this definition: “Nonprofit organizations that operate businesses in order to generate revenues and fulfill their missions. The concept has become increasingly common in the past three decades as a result of a combination of government funding cuts to social programs. Other factors promoting the growth of social enterprise include growing nonprofit recognition of the importance of earned income to enabling their organizations to use independently generated revenue to support programs that make sense for their communities, build community wealth, and directly improve the job skills of people facing barriers to entry in the workplace.”
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Shop Local Nonprofit

Impact others who are making an impact! Peruse these local micro-businesses and find ways to give back to your nonprofit community. While you’re shopping anyway, shop nonprofit! Please consider supporting these micro-businesses and, in the process, support other nonprofits in delivering services to our neighbors in need.

Life Enrichment Center’s Findlay Street Cafe

Offering both a lunch destination, open to the public, Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 2:00, and full catering services, both onsite and offsite.

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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. Contact Lori Simms Parks at ldi@daytonlec.org

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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

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Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley Retail Stores

Offers 26 locations and their outlet center to shoppers all over the region.

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Clothes that Work’s Boutique

Is an upscale retail shop that is open to the public

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Homefull’s Landscaping and Micro-Farm

Homefull Solutions

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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.

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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.

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People Working Cooperatively’s Whole Home Service

Home mobility modification services for safe, comfortable, accessible living.

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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.

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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

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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.

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