“When I was growing up in the Bronx, people thought I was crazy because I thought I could change the world,” laughs Rasheda Weaver, assistant professor of community entrepreneurship in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at UVM. Since then, Weaver has discovered a way to effect positive change, address social issues, and empower others to do the same: through business.

Watch as Weaver explains her interest in social enterprises, and why Vermont is the perfect place for these types of business to thrive.

Weaver’s dissertation was the first large-scale study in the U.S. of social enterprises. She’s currently developing the country’s first public directory of such businesses.

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