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Fueling an Inclusive Economy: The Role of Employment Social Enterprises

September 14, 2023 @ 10:30 am 12:00 pm PDT

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Despite recent record lows in unemployment, many Americans are on the sidelines of the economy due to employment barriers like experiences with homelessness or justice system involvement. Employment social enterprises are businesses that reveal and reinforce the talent of these individuals, so the economy can benefit from their skills and contributions.

The employment social enterprise model is an evidence-based solution that successfully transitions people into the workforce, while generating earned revenue to cover their programmatic costs. However, employment social enterprises, especially those led by entrepreneurs that have been historically or systemically marginalized, have faced barriers in accessing start-up and growth capital.

Join us for a discussion about how employment social enterprises remove barriers to employment for Americans who are traditionally sidelined from the labor market. At this event, participants will:

  • Explore different models and business practices for connecting this untapped sector of the workforce with stable, quality jobs that benefit employers, individuals, and broader communities.
  • Hear from experts about strategies aimed at building an inclusive economy that works for everyone.
  • Review research from the Federal Reserve System’s Worker Voices Project, which aims to provide a more holistic understanding of workers’ recent experiences in the labor market.


This is a hybrid event offering in-person and virtual attendance options. If you will be in the San Francisco Bay Area, we invite you to register to attend in-person. Please note that in-person registration is limited, and a waitlist is available.

101 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94105 United States
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This event is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in partnership with REDF.