Does your business have a social mission? Is your business venture motivated by more than profits? Do you want to start a “triple bottom line” business, to pursue both social impact and financial self-sufficiency?
We provide assistance for entrepreneurs seeking to directly address social and environmental problems through their business. SBDC’s Social Enterprise Center provides free one-to-one advisement in the following focus areas:
A Benefit Corporation is a hybrid legal entity that blends elements of nonprofit and for-profit corporations. It is taxed like a traditional corporation. It protects directors from liability for pursuing a social objective instead of simply profit. Benefit Corporations measure both financial and social bottom lines, and report their social and environmental impacts in an annual Benefit Report. For more information, contact the Social Enterprise Center at (716) 878-4030 or download the Benefit Corporation Guide.
We manage only what we measure. This is one of the most basic truths in business. Therefore we ought to Measure What Matters: the ability of our businesses to not only generate returns, but also to create value for customers, employees, community, and the environment. The SBDC at SUNY Buffalo State is proud to introduce the BALLE Quick Impact Assessment, a free online tool to help you improve your social and environmental impact, and begin to “measure what matters.” For more information, contact the Social Enterprise Center at (716) 878-4030, download the Measure What Matters fact sheet, or take the Quick Impact Assessment at http://bimpactassessment.net/buffalo.
The Social Enterprise Center offers two workshops which can be taken together or separately. For more information call (716) 878-4030.
Social Enterprise 101 introduces participants to the Social Enterprise Center, Benefit Corporations, social business planning, and marketing and financing tools for your business.
Social Enterprise 201 introduces participants to the Quick Impact Assessment, a great way to begin measuring your social and environmental impacts as a business, which can be used for marketing, transparency, and benchmarking to improve your impact.
To schedule a one-to-one advising session, contact Andrew Delmonte, Social Enterprise Coordinator, at (716) 878-4030.