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Check out these great organizations that will be participating in the Social Enterprise Marketplace during the event.

CommonThread – Sewing with purpose. Sourcing street banners and other fabric for re-purposing into colorful and durable products.

Street Youth Job Action – social enterprise initiative of Directions Youth Services Centre that provides mentoring and development opportunities for homeless youth in Vancouver.

The Women’s Workshop, Tradeworks Custom Products – Designed to provide training & entry-level employment to women in the Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and adjacent neighbourhoods and producing quality wood products.

Enterprising Women Making ArtEWMA was launched in 2003 as a development initiative of Atira Women’s Resource Society. It has focused on supporting women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to work together to develop an alternative form of business or employment that is grounded in their needs and realities

MP Enterprises

MP Enterprises provides customer specialized property maintenance and restoration services. We are building our business by honoring the relationship with the customer.  MP Enterprises is a division of Mission Possible.

Embers Staffing Solutions

EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society) is a non-profit agency that works to combat poverty and assists in the revitalization of Vancouver by facilitating community-based business development.  We do this by helping individuals and groups start small businesses and social enterprises. We offer self-employment training, one-on-one business coaching, and work with residents, community groups and other stakeholders to develop plans, strategies and specific ventures to improve the lives of residents and build a healthy community.

Hope in Shadows

Hope in Shadows is a community project based around a photography contest for residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The prize winning photos are featured in an annual calendar which residents themselves sell for a profit.

Megaphone Magazine

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. The magazine is published every two weeks. Vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine to customers by donation. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.

Selling the paper gives our vendors a sense of pride and has helped some overcome homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and become more comfortable with their mental of physical illnesses. By giving them a place and a voice in their community it helps raise their self-esteem.

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