I used to work for a non-profit housing organization in Eastern Kentucky (www.frontierhousing.org). While I was there we started thinking about ways to change the manufactured housing industry (our major competitor). That thought process developed to the point where Frontier Housing is now ready to spin off a new entity that will essentially work with the manufactured housing industry. I, unfortunately, already accepted an internship and cannot take the summer internship with them so I wanted to see if you know of anyone who would be interested in a full time paid summer internship with a social venture/startup. I will work with Frontier for the month of May.
Here is a brief description:
Frontier Housing, a non-profit housing organization with more than 35 years of experience in Eastern Kentucky, has been talking to Clayton Homes (owned by Berkshire Hathaway) for a couple of years about rolling out a new business to sell the "Frontier" designed Manufactured Homes to other non-profits across the country. Frontier has the contract in draft and are in negotiations with Clayton. Their idea in this economy is to incubate the business within Frontier for 2-3 years before it rolls out as its own entity.
Frontier has already experimented with selling to other non profits and has now sold 5 homes to 3 others. The product offering would be homes and TA/training to non profits on how to install, order and finance this non profit brand of homes.
Frontier is very close to obtaining funding from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation ( they already have verbal commitment) for the first year to put together a small team of contract employees (maybe even a virtual collaboration) to start building the business (develop the whole business, marketing, systems, etc.).
Frontier already has a virtual CFO in place from Beyond the Bottom Line. Diane Korte will probably join the team and she is from The Balance Group. Doug Smith (wrote Make Success Measurable, etc and McKenzie alum) is staying on as our coach and consultant. He is interested to be a board member when the entity spins off. To work with Doug is a huge opportunity for a business school intern.
The paid internship will be in Morehead, Kentucky.