EMERGE Community Development is a community based non-profit located in North Minneapolis. Named Minneapolis' Regional Chamber of Commerce 2014 Non-profit of the Year, EMERGE helped 2,182 clients redefine themselves in 2014. EMERGE offers training, housing, employment, youth, and financial literacy resources. EMERGEWORKS is a social enterprise subsidiary of EMERGE - meaning we are deeply interconnected and interrelated, but are separate in terms of legal incorporation. EMERGE and EMERGEWORKS share the same vision: to partner with people as they redefine themselves and create economic opportunity in our communities.

We are also located in the same building, at 1101 West Broadway in Minneapolis. In mid-March, EMERGE opened a second building, the EMERGE Career & Technology Center, just across the street at 1834 Emerson Avenue North. 

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Alternative staffing is an employment strategy that uses a temporary staffing business platform coupled with supportive services to help people with obstacles to employment enter and advance in the workforce. Alternative staffing organizations (ASOs) act as intermediaries between employers and job seekers, helping employers attract and retain reliable, motivated workers and linking job seekers to competitive employment, opportunities for skills development and pathways to hire by employer customers.

While ASOs vary in their organization structures and the populations they seek to serve, they have two common characteristics. First, all are deeply rooted in their respective communities, giving them a keen understanding of the landscape and enabling them to leverage local connections and resources. Second, all share a market-driven approach to delivering staffing services. (From the Alternative Staffing Alliance website)


What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agendas.

Three characteristics distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, nonprofits and government agencies:

  • It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.
  • Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a nonprofit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for profit enterprise.
  • The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.

In its early days, the social enterprise movement was identified mainly with nonprofits that used business models and earned income strategies to pursue their mission. Today, it also encompasses for-profits whose driving purpose is social. Mission is primary and fundamental; organizational form is a strategic question of what will best advance the social mission. Social enterprises are more innovative than government, more sustainable than non-profits, and more generous than businesses. (From the Social Enterprise Alliance website)


Where is EmergeWORKS located?

We are located in North Minneapolis at EMERGE's headquarters.

 1101 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN, 55411


What industries does EmergeWORKS specialize in?

We specialize in janitorial, light industrial, assembly, hospitality and special events. However, we are always happy to do specialized recruiting to fit your needs.