The Community Enterprise Development Initiative: learnings from work with twelve disadvantaged neighbourhoods in 2005-06

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This report documents learning from the implementation of the Community Enterprise Development Initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Department for Victorian Communities in twelve localities in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

In each neighbourhood, the aim has been to identify and develop community-based small business opportunities which foster social participation, offer employment pathways and are financially sustainable. The report notes factors assisting or hindering progress to date, and features three community enterprises as case studies of the initiative.

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