Social Traders is a specialist social enterprise development organisation. They are dedicated to supporting the development of sustainable social enterprises that are driven to solve social, cultural, economic and environmental problems.
They provide social enterprises with access to the know-how, networks, investment and resources to start up, access markets and grow.
They raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of social enterprise by showcasing the collective work of social enterprises in transforming communities throughout Australia.
Established in 2008 as an independent not for profit company limited by guarantee, Social Traders receive core funding from the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund and a private foundation. Based in Melbourne, they work with social enterprises nationally.
Social Traders offer a number of exciting programs and tools:
- The Crunch program is a capacity building program to support you through your social enterprise journey, from start-up to securing investment, growth and accessing new market opportunities.
- The Social Enterprise Finder is an online social enterprise directory, with over 5000 enterprises listed.
- Social Traders also offer many case studies, research publications and resources to help anyone progress their understanding of social enterprise.