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Social Entrepreneurship Articles and an Event for the Week of Sept. 9, 2012

  I’ve recently come across a couple of interesting articles that I felt were worth sharing with the community.  Also, there’s an event on the SPC this week that some of you may consider attending: 1. The Truth about Ben and Jerry’s Widely used as the impetus for the benefit corporation, there was more going on …

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Capital and Control: The final two considerations for determining legal structure for your Social Enterprise.

You want to make a change with your new business venture and you’re ready to file the necessary paper work to form a legal structure, but what type of legal structure should you form?  Because your idea combines for-profit considerations and nonprofit motives, you’re a little confused about whether you should form a nonprofit, a …

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The Latest on Washington State’s Social Purpose Corporation – Is Seattle the Capital for Social Entrepreneurship?

Over the course of my routine internet reading this past week, I came across a large number of blogs and stories regarding the Social Purpose Corporation and some creative ways to use the legal structure.  So I thought I would share. Seattle Social Purpose Corporation Meetup First, I should note that there’s a meetup in …

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The Difference Between a Benefit Corporation and a (certified) B-Corp

I’m often asked:  What’s the difference between a benefit corporation and a B-Corp, are they the same thing? No, these are not the same thing.  The benefit corporation is a legal structure available for incorporation in several states,[1] whereas a B-Corp is a certification granted by B-Labs, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.  Think of benefit corporations …

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Why the Social Purpose Corporation is Necessary: Self-identification and Legitimacy.

Effective today, Washington will recognize a new corporate entity: the social purpose corporation.  You can learn more about this legal structure here and here (or even download the legislation’s text here).  The social purpose corporation (or SPC) is Washington State’s social enterprise; its version of the benefit corporation that has been adopted by several other …

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Are the managers of traditional corporations “really” required to maximize profits to shareholders? A review of eBay v. Craiglist et al, in the argument supporting “hybrid” social enterprises.

Over at her blog Razesquire, Karen Raz asked an interesting question summarized as follows: where in the law does it say that traditional corporations must pursue a duty to maximize profits at the expense of social and environmental considerations? Although proponents of hybrid entities (benefit corporations, social purpose corporations, etc.) will tell you that management …

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Why a start-up should use an attorney to help form their business structure from “This Week in Startups”

Here’s a question I often get: should I use an attorney when first form my company, or should I go with a web-based service, or should I do it myself? Typically, I’d recommend that you use an attorney. Web-based products tend to shoehorn young companies into a corporate structure that doesn’t make sense and they …

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Benefit Enforcement Proceedings for the Benefit Corporation– What are they and How will they work?

As more and more states enact legislation authorizing Benefit Corporations, more questions will be asked about the form and function of these hybrid entities.  Nowhere are these questions more evident than when examining the dispute resolution process set forth in the various state statutes. A quick primer.  Benefit Corporations are designed to allow a corporation …

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A new way of doing business, the Benefit Corporation Ted Talk

“Because government and nonprofits alone are insufficient to solve the world’s most pressing problems . . .” Like Jay Coen Gilbert (one of the founders of B-Labs and the Benefit Corporation) says in the video below, both government and nonprofit entities will have incrementally less resources moving forward.  Indeed, the more interconnected the world is, the …

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Mission and Market, the First Two Considerations for a Start-up Social Venture

You’re fed up. There’s a social problem that you can’t stand. It seems imminently solvable if only someone would take the initiative to get it done. So you’ve made up your mind: you’re going to solve this problem by starting a business. You’ll immediately face an important decision. Is your business going to be a …

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