Charles

Location:

Sedona, AZ

Member since:

September 30, 2010

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What are you passionate about in life?

As a former disaster relief expert and Community Economic Development specialist, I immediately appreciated the significance of the Benefit Corporation model that I learned about a few years ago as a member of Social Venture Network. Late in 2011, I developed a proposal for the board of directors of the cause-oriented companies we had been developing to incorporate Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. based on the Benefit Corporation model. As CEO and Chief StewardHeir, I have been leading the process of developing introductory programs, publications and an Investment Marketing Memorandum for Accredited Investors. I have also directed the process of incorporating several other Benefit Corporations that are partly owned by US, Incorporated and helping get them positioned to utilize the Crowd Funding provisions of the JOBS Act.

How long have you been actively involved in entrepreneurship?

I have actually been involved in social entrepreneurship since the age of 21 when I established a Community Development Resource Center in 1969 to support desegregation of the public schools in the Mississippi Delta with an unsolicited grant from the American Friends Service Committee. Sine then I have founded or cofounded dozens of non-profit organizations and cause-oriented companies.

What was the first business idea that you can remember having?

I coauthored a screen play at the age of 19 which was about an intentional community dedicated to fostering personal and planetary sustainability.

Introduction

40 years experience in disaster relief, turn-around management and community economic development (CED). 5 years with US Dept. Housing and Urban Development. Master's in CED. Economic Development Finance Professional (National Development Council)


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