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By Anika Horn, B Keeper at Impact Makers
On June 2nd starting at 8 a.m. B Corps from all over the East Coast filed into the New School on the corner of 6th Ave and West 13th Street in New York City to participate in BLD (pronounced BUILD): A B Lab organized one-day event that focuses on B Corp Leadership Development.
Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia, set the tone for the day of valuable conversations and workshops. His keynote speech touched on highlights and critical lessons the company encountered during its journey as an early mission-driven business. more
On the evening of Wednesday May 18, 2016, Impact Makers hosted Startup Journeys – an event series organized by Lighthouse Labs to feature local startups and their entrepreneurial journeys. Around 90 people mixed and mingled at Impact Makers when Todd Nuckols – Founding Director of Lighthouse Labs – kicked off the event. Impact Makers’ CFO Will Thompson welcomed everyone to the !m office, gave a brief overview of what !m does and how, as a B Corp, we help the community. more
What do you get when you take 20 Impact Makers, give them power tools and a couple in need? You get the opportunity to Have Fun and Make a Difference!
On April 30, 2016, 20 Impact Makers gathered to assist with Rebuilding Together’s Annual National Build Day. Rebuilding Together is a national organization that strengthens communities by assisting elderly and disabled homeowners to stay in their homes longer. The goal is to improve selected homes by making them warm, safe and dry. more
A group of Virginia B Corps employees participated in the Monument Avenue 10k on Saturday April 9, 2016 as a B Service community activity.
Participating B Corps included Impact Makers, Acorn Sign Graphics, Natural Organic Process Enterprises (NOPE), Rivanna Natural Designs, River City Comprehensive Counseling Services and Virginia Community Capital. more
Virginia Community Capital (VCC) has converted its wholly-owned, FDIC insured, for-profit bank into a Benefit Corporation, and it is the first regulated bank in the U.S. to do so under state statute. more
Impact Makers’ Rodney Willett discussed the company and its social impact with a social entrepreneurship class at Virginia Tech on March 30, 2016. The class is offered through the university’s new Social Entrepreneurship Department of Management and led by adjunct professor Lisa Fournier, who also owns a benefit corporation. The class is composed of Virginia Tech upper classman and visiting students from The Telecom in France.
She writes about a recent social enterprise event focused on the theme “collaboration is the new competition” with discussions on the evolution of corporate structures to the current trend emerging of various social enterprise structures that allow entrepreneurs to push social missions as well as profit. more
Forbes published “How Revolutions in Finance and Education are Transforming Virginia’s Purpose Economy” on March 1, 2016. The article discusses how Virginia’s economy is committed to match needs with opportunities, and mentions for-profit and non-profit collaborations including Impact Makers’model. more
Impact Makers’ Vice President of Business Strategy Rodney Willett and Marketing Director Graham Sellors met with a social entrepreneurship class at the University of Virginia recently in Charlottesville. They presented an overview of the Impact Makers’ story to the class and then responded to a range of questions including the details of the company’s recent gifting of its ownership to two nonprofits and what were the personal motivations for Rod and Graham to join Impact Makers.
The students, mostly undergraduates, are enrolled in the Experiential Social Entrepreneurship class taught by Christine Mahoney at UVA. Professor Mahoney is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at UVA, a program within the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The focus of the class is applying the knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world problems that social entrepreneur partners of the class are facing. Students are working in small teams on challenges proposed by a set of local and international social entrepreneurs.
Impact Makers now is one of those social entrepreneur partners, having asked the class for assistance in several areas related to its business and social impact focus. The UVA class will be working with Impact Makers throughout the spring semester and report out its findings and recommendations later in the spring.
For more information about the UVA social entrepreneurship program see http://seatuva.org/.