Social Entrepreneurship

What is social entrepreneurship?

Scarabys defines social entrepreneurship as entities that provide services and or products that address community needs as their primary goal while simultaneously providing economic opportunities and skill development to community members. A critical component to the livelihood and sustainability of communities and neighborhoods is their ability to create their own economic opportunities that culturally reflect the community and address the community needs.

What we offer:


  • Good To Great – Jim Collins
  • Built To Last – Jim Collins
  • Contagious – Jonah Berger
  • The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Power of Unreasonable People

Bootstrap Model

We teach people an approach we refer to as the bootstrap model. What that basically means is creating economic solutions and opportunities with the resources you already have access to. Starting from this frame of reference creates a sense self-reliance and self-determination because it focuses on what can be done now with what we have.

Leveraging Social Capital

We provide tools for using and leveraging social capital just as much if not more than monetary capital. We also believe social capital is the most important form of capital in any enterprise.

Opportunity Creation

We believe people can people can be taught to see and create opportunities. The purpose of social entrepreneurship is to address challenges in community. By training ourselves and others to view these challenges as opportunities to create economic models to solve them, we in turn become opportunity seekers and creators.

Live Learning Labs

We illustrate how social enterprises are live learning labs for intergenerational community teams. They provide hands on experience and skill development in a variety of areas from relationship development, team work, problem solving, fund development, resources acquisition, project management to delegation.



Consulting Sessions

  • What is social entrepreneurship?
  • Assisting with identifying the social enterprise that best fits your goals
  • How to build and grow social enterprises
  • Regular development sessions based on interactive activities and
    readings focused on understanding, building and using social capital.
  • Consulting Sessions


Creating a strategy for understanding, identifying and implementing social entrepreneurship:

  • Example

Goal 1: Increase our understanding of social entrepreneurship through operating a fair trade coffee shop

Action 1: Each team member is assigned a role needed to operate a functional fair trade coffee shop (marketing, sales, research and development, accounting, and training)

Action 2: Attend weekly staff meetings to provide status on current work, desired future state and team accountability

Evaluation: Review monthly the lessons learned in order to reflect on what is working and what may need to be changed.

Adaptation: We then adapt the lessons learned and expressed through the evaluation period in order continually clarify the strategy.Creating a tracking document to measure accountability and a regular review with team members to ritualize the focus on social enterprise development.Scarabys observation of particular interactions and meetings with partners to provide feedback and coaching on improving the entire process.