The Center’s genesis is an outgrowth of the Systems’ story. Systems’ first company, Systems Consultants Associates, Inc. (SCA), was formed in 1977 to provide training and technical assistance to minority and disadvantaged businesses. In fact, at its core, SCA seemed more concerned with meeting its social responsibility than making a profit. In 2007, Systems realized that all businesses under the Systems Group had to become more bottom-line focused and a non-profit should be formed that the Systems Companies could support on an “as able” basis. Thus, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship was born.
Since its inception, CSE has focused on supporting efforts geared to improving the lives of citizens primarily in West Jackson. Recently, the non-profit received 501(c)3 status. Now it is poised to vigorously address diverse issues including housing, education, economic development, and community engagement. While its commitment to West Jackson is a great as ever, it intends to impact the municipality and state within which it sits.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship will have a well-engaged diverse community with aesthetically pleasing homes, prosperous businesses and an excellent educational system.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of all people in its target community (the “iVillage” – a blighted, low-income, African American community) , with a focus on education, economic business development, housing and community engagement.