What social value is your business creating?

What type of social value or environmental value is your business creating? Most for-purpose businesses and social enterprises are driven by one value theme. The meaningful, powerful, driving social or environmental value exists primarily in • the thing (product or service) that you do or make, • the way you do it (being different from the typical[…]

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[…]

Why We Filed (and No, There’s Not Really Anything in It For Us)

…if by “anything,” you mean something financial or tangible. A few weeks ago, I facilitated a panel response to the ChangeMatters report on the first wave of benefit corporations in the country and implementation of the first benefit corporation and LLC laws in the country. The audience was mostly emerging professionals in socially-responsible business—members of DC[…]

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,[…]

24 Jan: Maryland’s Benefit Companies and Social Enterprise. Report & Discussion.

Save the Date! Report Release and Discussion Maryland’s Benefit Corporations and Companies Who They Are, What’s Happening with these Innovative Laws, and What Could It Mean for Social Enterpreneurs in the Region Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 9am – 11:30am (EST) Annapolis, Maryland RSVP

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[…]

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.    […]