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The Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State now offers workshops on the topic of social enterprise, on the fourth Friday of each month. Social Enterprise 101 will introduce you to SBDC’s Social Enterprise Services and to the following four areas of training: Social business planning; Legal form for social entrepreneurs: the NYS Benefit Corporation; Social impact measurement and reporting; Financing your social enterprise. Read the full article
A new crop of businesses around the world is using new legal forms like the benefit corporation to codify their intended social impacts so that directors, workers and investors are all on the same page, and to protect against hostile buyouts. Read the full article
Daemen College and the Fillmore Corridor Neighborhood Coalition (FCNC) sponsored Business Program will be offered again this fall. Read the full article
IMPACT Silver Spring
If you would have told me three weeks ago that I would soon find myself in Buffalo, New York, I would have smiled politely and given you a look that not-so-subtly said, “Are you crazy?” However, to Buffalo I went along with my co-worker Carmen, two unsuspecting attendees for the 2013 BALLE Conference. Neither of us knew what BALLE was before then. Now we are aware that it is an acronym for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and you should definitely check them out if you’re a small business owner, part of a community driven non-profit, or simply a resident who is enamoured of the place that you live in. Read the full article