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Culinarium Wrote a Piece on How and Why Economic Sustainability Failed

By: Tiana Reid - Published: • References: culinarium & locallysourced
"It is with a heavy heart that we close are our doors for the last time today," Kathleen Mackintosh of Culinarium wrote on its blog last week on July 4th, 2010. "After much number crunching, soul searching and consultation, I have come to realize that we simply cannot continue. Our cashflow is at an all time low as we struggle with retail sales 50% below projection and attempt to chip away at our overwhelming debt. While we’ve had many successes and lots of great feedback from you our loyal and committed customers, we simply don’t serve a critical mass large enough to be economically sustainable."

Even if this Ontario business, which served local and organic foods, didn't make it in the long run, what may arise from this for social entrepreneurs is several learnings. And maybe one of those is when, why and how to say "fini."

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