Sustaining My Fair Green Mind During a Cyberblack Season

My sustainability and social enterprise circles know my habits and peeves all too well, particularly during this time of year, as sincere holiday celebrations of gratitude give way to mindless consumption for the sake of consuming. Everywhere I turn (my inbox, my social media feeds, etc.) I seem to encounter buzz about buying social, choosing[…]

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[…]

Why a report on Maryland’s Benefit Corporations?

Seems like not a week goes by without someone asking me: How many benefit corporations are there? What kinds of businesses do it and why? I can answer only anecdotally, in my opinion, and in my own experience as a Benefit LLC because, I explain, this is all still so new, we just don’t really[…]

Looking back: Gov. O’Malley on Maryland Benefit Corporations

As we go into a briefing and participatory meeting of colleagues about the evolution of social enterprise and socially-responsible business, let’s take a momentary step back. Here is a link to a quick video of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaking in support of Benefit Corporations, at the launch of a new coffee importing business. –September 19th,[…]

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[…]

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.    […]