Research and Reports
SEED develops pilot programs and continues its research related to improving or expanding presently offered services and/or related to issues affecting community economic development for marginalized populations and neighbourhoods.
A comprehensive list of external resources in the areas of Community Economic Development, Cooperatives, Aboriginal Business, Business Financing, Saving Money, and more.
Social Purchasing Portal
The original SPP project started in Vancouver in 2003, as a way to address unemployment and create further local economic growth in the Downtown EastSide, a neighbourhood in Vancouver’s inner city. In partnership with PATH Employability Centre and the EEC (Employment Exchange Committee), SEED Winnipeg launched a local SPP in 2004. The goals were similar – to see “Economic and employment opportunities result from directing existing business purchases to local businesses and social enterprises, which hire those who face barriers to employment”.
In 2008, the SPP took a break from the social purchasing scene, but is back in action with generous funding from Neighbourhoods Alive! and the Winnipeg Regeneration Strategy (WRS) The SPP is ready to strengthen its former employment objectives and underlying values of community economic development (CED) in Winnipeg.
Adopted in 2010 by Local Investment Toward Employment (LITE), the SPP supports LITE’s mission “to promote community economic development by supporting inner-city initiatives in Winnipeg that build capacity and provide jobs”.