A Community Business is a locally based enterprise, led by local people to meet a local need. Its governing document does not allow it to be used for private profit so that surpluses are reinvested locally, even on dissolution. A bona fide Community Business also aims to be commercially viable without relying on grants and donations.
Community Businesses usually fall into one of 5 distinct types:
CAN understands the support needs of Community Businesses at all stages of development, including pre-start, start-up, and growth.
Over the years, CAN has worked with a number of such Community Businesses, including:
Services that we have delivered to Community Businesses include: