First Things First: Before “what business filing option should I choose?”

We get this question a lot. A related question is, “Should we change our filing from [whatever it is now] to a Benefit Corporation or a Benefit LLC?” And while these are important choices to make, usually people ask it before they are ready for the answer. My advice always is to first really work[…]

What is the Value in Social Value Creation?

Guest post by Ryan Steinbach During the first 2 weeks of January I traveled to Thailand to study social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, through the Smith School’s Office of Global Programs at the University of Maryland. The experience was flat out incredible. I witnessed many of the major social issues in Thailand and met with[…]

Maryland…the California of Impact Innovation and Enterprise?

The first state to introduce and adopt Benefit Corporation and the only state so far to adopt Benefit LLC legislation, Maryland is poised to lead but may be losing its first mover status in the movement for common good enterprise. This is one of the concerns raised in a soon-to-be-released ChangeMatters report by Megan Burkhart,[…]

Analyses and Position Papers on Different Forms of Common Good Enterprise

Gearing up for back-to-back social enterprise, socially-responsible business events next week—our release of the first survey of Benefit Corporations and LLCs* (with analysis of implementation to date of Maryland’s new laws) and my first day of university teaching—Writing for Social Entrepreneurship, a new class in professional writing at University of Maryland. So…here’s a handful of[…]

Trip Report: Mississippi Delta

Last week we were in Mississippi, planning the launch of two new farming microenterprise programs and attending the second annual The Future of the Mississippi Delta conference. ChangeMatters is working hand in hand with our trusted Arizona-based partners, DRA Resources (who specialize in Federal grants, compliance, program evaluation, and business planning). This is our second[…]

Sustainable Businesses Engage White House on the Economy

Last week I participated in a sustainability summit for 125 business leaders organized by the American Sustainable Business Council and hosted by the White House. More than two dozen administration officials met with us to discuss economy policy and business opportunity. The Council represents more than 150,000 U.S. businesses.    […]

Six Topics for 2012 Good Enterprise Conferences

It’s (still kind of) the beginning of the year, so perhaps no surprise, but just today, I was asked for program input on three national conferences on local business, socially-responsible business, and the nonprofit sector. Which is kind of lovely, because that is the intersection where my team and professional buddies hang out. The queries forced me to slow down and consider: what are the big ideas that we’re working in and under. And that we’d love to dig deeper into and hear from colleagues on. […]

Common Good Enterprise: New Term for an Emerging Sector

In the following guest post, Jim Epstein and Alicia Epstein Korten, share their thoughts on new language for the new inter-sector of for-profit/non-profit hybrid interests. Their post originally appeared on the CSRwire Talkback blog. It has been edited for inclusion on ChangeMatters.