The Social Enterprise Hub is a place where non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and micro-enterprises work together to reduce poverty and build community.
Meet the Social Enterprise HUB Tenants
ACAP Saint John is a community-based, non profit organization that encourages involvement managing and maintaining our environment. ACAPS mandate is to work with the community to improve the environmental health of Saint John, and to respond to the growing demand from the community to have a more active role in environmental decision ‐ making. At its heart, ACAP has always been an environmental incubator, one that transforms and evolves our region's landscapes with the help of governments, companies and community collaborators.
The Human Development Council identifies and addresses social issues in Greater Saint John through research, information, coordination and networking. It manages a community information database for Saint John and Fredericton and produces important reports for policy guidance related to poverty reduction.
The Learning Exchange is rooted in sustainably connecting low income community residents to education, skills training and good jobs. We do this through various programming which includes GED preparation, soft skills training, individualized coaching, connecting with employers, employment maintenance, and training and employment through our 3 Social Enterprises.
Meaningful work and whole, fresh foods are two essential components of a healthy life. Stone Soup combines the two by training and hiring program participants from the Saint John Learning Exchange. ~The Impact Market is now located in the cafe! Beautiful products that are Social, Environmental, Cultural, and/or Local are for sale at Stone Soup Cafe. Revenue from Stone Soup and The Impact Market is used to support the no-fee education and employment services of the Learning Exchange. For Catering Call: (506) 650-7553
Voila! Cleaning employs and trains individuals accessing programming at The Learning Exchange and has grown from a primarily residential cleaning company to include commercial clients in Saint John and surrounding area. All eco friendly cleaning products are made in house and are available for purchase at the Impact Market. All profits generated from the cleaning services go back into funding the education and training programs at the Learning Exchange.
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Nails by Christina is a nail salon that focuses on providing quality services for women. The owner, Christina, has more than 20 years experience as a nail technician. One of the few salons in Saint John that offer acrylic nails, Christina also offers gel enhancements, shellac, nail art, airbrush designs, manicures and pedicures.
Solar @ the HUB
Over the Summer of 2018, the Saint John Community Loan Fund partnered with NexGen Energy (now called The Smart Energy Company) Saint John Learning Exchange, and Hemmings House for an innovative solar energy project at the HUB. With funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC), we were able to install 60 solar panels on the roof of the HUB.
During the project, youth from local employment and educational programs were able to be hands-on with the project and learn about renewable energy in the process. The project was captured and the story told by Hemmings House in the video below. The installation will continue to serve as an educational tool for all interested individuals.
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The solar panels will produce 18.99 MWh each year, which is equivalent to the reduction of 390 tonnes of greenhouse gases and the expected savings of $83 000 over it's 25+ year lifespan.
The Creation of the Social Enterprise HUB
While renovating our first property, 133 Prince Edward St., It became clear that we could leverage much more by purchasing vacant lots next to us and constructing a building that could accommodate more enterprising organizations. We bought the lots, and began designing what would become the Social Enterprise Hub.
Construction began in November 2015 and was completed in November 2016. The Hub, is a three story building at 139 Prince Edward St. with approximately 15,000 square feet of space. The HUB brings together enterprising non-profits, social enterprises, and micro-enterprises, all working to scale enterprise and innovation to build inclusive communities and reduce poverty.
Together we have begun to develop a collaborative culture that includes space sharing, equipment sharing, event development and hosting, as well as staff sharing and joint venturing on enterprises and new project proposals. Below are photos of the construction.