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B-Corps for Social Entrepreneurs

Arizona is introducing a new legal structure in January of 2015 and you should know about it! Benefit corporation or B corporation is a corporate form in the United States designed for for-profit entities that want to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision making process. Benefit corporations differ from a traditional corporation in regards to their purpose, accountability and transparency. Learn about the opportunity to become a B corporation and how the investment community is responding to the B corporation movement.

Courtney Klein is an Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College where she received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in nonprofit management. Courtney currently serves as the Co-Founder of SEED SPOT, a nonprofit incubator supporting Arizona’s most innovative social entrepreneurs. Previously, Courtney served as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens; a nonprofit working to empower young people to create social change that has a presence in 14 states, 30 countries, and holds a $1M endowment at the Arizona Community Foundation.

In 2013, the Phoenix Business Journal named Courtney as one of the “25 Most Dynamic Women in Business”. In 2011, Courtney was recognized by Splashlife Magazine as one of the nation’s top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30. Previously she was recognized by various media outlets as one of Arizona’s “35 Entrepreneurs under 35”, one of “20 Woman to Change Arizona by 2020” and was profiled as one of Arizona's most intriguing Chief Executives. Courtney serves on the Advisory Board for HATCH, a Montana based organization focused on hatching more creativity in the world. She also serves as an Advisor to the Center for the Future of Arizona, is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Arizona State University, and is the Co-Founder of The Manifesto Project. She will compete in her first Ironman in Nov of 2013.

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  • Shannon M.

    I am so excited! When I started up my business again this year, I was set to become and L3C/B-Corp, then soon after disappointed to find out this was not a possibility in Arizona. I hope to learn more about how I can be sure to qualify when it comes time to apply.

    1 · November 26, 2013

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