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[…]

Determined DIY: One Entrepreneur’s Experience Filing a Maryland Benefit LLC

Social Entrepreneur, Guest Blog Post An emerging impact investor starting a new company and private equity firm shares his story of filing the company as a Benefit entity as a call for more resources for Benefit LLC registration, and as an effort to help other entrepreneurs. By David Sanders When Maryland passed the Benefit Corporation[…]

Maryland Entrepreneur Expo

A panel discussion on socially-responsible business, impact investing, and possibilities, opportunities, and such at the upcoming Maryland Entrepreneur Expo organized by Maryland TEDCO (Technology Development Corporation).  A week from Tuesday (Nov. 13) at the BWI Marriott. Check it out. Social Enterprise: Doing Well By Doing Good A new movement is rising to bring the innovation and energy of[…]

Summer 2011 Update

ChangeMatters is a strategic consultancy serving early-stage “common good enterprises” in the US and abroad, through planning, training, development, and technical assistance.

Pushing for More Local Benefit Corporations and Social Enterprise

At an event last month with owners of sustainable businesses in Bethesda, Kasey Wright, of Jamie Raskin’s staff, mentioned that ChangeMatters is the only entity really pushing the agenda for social enterprises and benefit businesses in Maryland. Until she said it, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s true that this year we[…]