a national member-led organization including community-based organizations, co-operatives, social enterprises, practitioners, active citizens, researchers, and other organizations involved in community economic development (CED). (Both organizational and individual membership fees apply.)
- Overview of CED – including video/flyer/brochure ‘intros’
- Membership directory
- CED Toolbox
- Events listing (nation-wide)
Alberta Government site that provides “tools and resources to help support local economic development”.
- Business development support including Small Business Resources – links on starting a business; funding a business; regulations
- Grants & Funding – described as “funding opportunities that support thriving communities and economic prosperity in Alberta’s small cities and towns.”
- Tools & References – include links to data sets including Alberta Economy and Industry Canada info, stats and resources
An ‘intermediary’ organization – advances social procurement – a meeting place for “socially driven purchasers and social enterprise suppliers”
- Includes certification process for suppliers and purchasers
- Social procurement – “Why Buy Social” – a 12 min intro video
- Social procurement – sample purchasing guidelines and language for rfp
Based in Calgary, Momentum began operations in 1991 as an employment program of the Mennonite Central Committee of Alberta. Offers programs, courses, workshops to help people:
Thrive Calgary (“a community leadership initiative of Momentum”)
Calgary’s Community Economic Development Network – a project of Momentum that builds community leadership in CED through links to educational opportunities, and incubating social business ideas.
Comment – if “Momentum” is the entity that helps people move out of poverty; “Thrive” is the initiative that helps community leaders create the paths.
More to come!