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Community Owned Businesses
International Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Economic Development

Edited By

Norman Walzer

ISBN 9780367485450
Published July 20, 2021 by Routledge
248 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses community-owned businesses in countries around the world to show successful approaches and important strategies to improve access to essential services in vastly different economic contexts.

Through eleven chapters, authors from various countries use case studies and analyse findings in ways which can be applied to new development initiatives, including rural grocery store retention in Kansas, socially responsible community cooperatives in Italy, preserving pubs and shops in England and Wales, serving residents with special needs in Canada, and financing basic goods and services for aging populations in Taiwan, plus other examples. The chapters explore practices and approaches used in various locations to address concerns about loss of access to essential services, making clear that this approach to financing is useful in different scenarios.

The chapters provide key insights suggesting that these approaches will be even more prevalent in the future and will be of interest to students, scholars, and community-development practitioners around the world.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


1. Changing Uses of Community Supported Enterprises
Norman Walzer

2. Financial CSEs: Lessons from North America
Michael H. Shuman

3. Creating A Supportive Environment for Community Enterprises
Bruce F. Seifer, Rhonda Phillips, and Norman Walzer

4. Community-Owned Pubs in Great Britain: Hubs of Community Enterprise
Stephen McCusker

5. Core Community Capitals and Impact on Successful Community Development
Felix Sohnrey and Klaus Hegemann

6. St. Paul, Kansas’ City-Owned Grocery Store: A Variation of the Community Supported Enterprise Approach
David E. Procter

7. Community Engagement or Community Service? Case Study of Italian Community Co-Operatives and Networks
Michele Bianchi

8. Taiwan Community-Based Enterprise as Development Strategy Toward Community Capacity Building ChaiMei-Hsia

9. Community Led Crowdfunding Fosters Rural Prosperity and Resiliency
Jessica Brauer

10. Social Enterprise, IDD and Community Supported Enterprises in Ontario Canada
Ushnish Sengupta

11. Applications of CSE Principles
Norman Walzer and Sean Park


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Norman Walzer, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus in the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs located at Western Illinois University, USA. He was a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Governmental Affairs at Northern Illinois University when the materials for this book were compiled. He has written extensively on local public finance and development issues with more than 25 books plus numerous scholarly and professional articles.


"The renewal of rural communities is happening all around us today as organized creative leaders are building economic models that can rebuild our gathering places, re-energize the local foods marketplace, and bring the community together as participants in new forms of community enterprise. This important study by Norman Walzer and colleagues around the world is a great starting point in evaluating the importance of Community Supported Enterprises, and it can help leaders across the nation learn from successful projects and advance dynamic new enterprises for their communities."
Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development, USA.

"As smaller more rural communities struggle to maintain a vibrant local economy many are seeking new and innovative ways to support local businesses. The strategic approaches detailed by Walzer and his colleagues in this volume reflect that spirit of innovative thinking. Both scholars and practitioners of community economic development should seriously consider the ideas developed in this volume."
Steven C. Deller, Professor and Community Development Specialist, University of Wisconsin, USA.