Since its inception CDP has been promoting the idea of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs use their talents, vision and skills to improve society; solve social issues in new and innovative ways; and, meet community needs by employing capitalistic principles. CDP promotes social enterprise in three ways:
- Creation and retention of socially conscious, mission-driven small business
- Revenue-generating activities and business to support nonprofits
- Business creation for the explicit purpose of hiring hard to employ workers, providing on-the-job training to help people with high barriers move into the workforce.