Social Enterprises, Benefit Corporations and Non-Profits 221102 November 2, 2022, 12:00pm PDT November 2, 2022, 1:30pm PDT

Social enterprises are emerging daily to combine the energies of social concern with the logic of the marketplace to meet the needs of millions worldwide.

Social enterprises are driven by a mission to produce goods or services for a social purpose; the profit from the business is used to support social aims.

Benefit corporations are business entities with a dual purpose: making a profit and promoting the public good. A non-profit corporation serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law.

You will learn:

  • What is social entrepreneurship and what social entrepreneurs do?
  • What are some examples of social enterprises?
  • What is the difference between non-profits, B-corps, California Benefit Corporations?
  • How to consider your options: for-profit vs non-profit; incorporate or not?
  • How to finance and market your social enterprise
  • What are the elements of a business plan for a social enterprise
  • Some resources that can help you

Registration Fee: $30

Professor Emeritus Robert Girling received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 different countries. He is a social entrepreneur and has served on the boards of several nonprofits and is a co-founder of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference series. Prof Girling is the author of The Good Company (2012) and The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism and Wine (2015).

Workshop Refund Policy: Refunds can be granted prior to workshop or if the workshop is cancelled. No refunds or access to class material after workshop is held. A credit can be given for a future workshop. Please email for assistance.

About the Presenter(s)

Robert Girling

I can help you with questions about starting a nonprofit or social enterprise. My areas of expertise include non-profit management, social entrepreneurship and the environment. I have worked and taught in the Caribbean and in Brazil and consulted with the World Bank and USAID in India, Nepal, and Central America. I serve on the board of directors of several non-profits. I can provide help...

Social Enterprises, Benefit Corporations and Non-Profits 221102