For the benefit of all stakeholders – Pushing the Needle Forward on Business as a Force for Good.

Good afternoon, all. I hope you all have been enjoying the summer. I took this photo this morning as the sun was rising over downtown Grand Rapids. Just a few days ago Business Roundtable announced the release of a new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation signed by 181 CEOs who commit to leadContinue reading “For the benefit of all stakeholders – Pushing the Needle Forward on Business as a Force for Good.”

Grand Rapids Social Enterprise, L3Cs and a Call to Community Partnership.

Yesterday I visited with Dr. Justin Beene – Founder of Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation  (GRCCT) – a collective of non-profit/for-profits working to see flourishing in Grand Rapids for all.  GCCT is essentially a hub for social enterprise, for the common good of the Greater Grand Rapids Area. GRCCT states on its website thatContinue reading “Grand Rapids Social Enterprise, L3Cs and a Call to Community Partnership.”

Legal Update on Michigan Bcorps and Purpose Driven Business.

Happy Tuesday, all. I recently took this photo of the Grand River that flows through downtown Grand Rapids. Today I read an article in the Grand Rapids Business Journal by Local First President Elissa Sangalli Hillary on how to build a “Purpose Driven Business“. Elissa starts off the article by advising entrepreneurs to “start with yourContinue reading “Legal Update on Michigan Bcorps and Purpose Driven Business.”

Today OCC Begins Accepting National Bank Charter Applications From FinTech Companies

It’s Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Beautiful mid-70s, a bit overcast and if you look carefully you can see the reflection of my shirt as I took the photo from my office window… Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it will begin accepting applications for national bank charters from fintech companies.Continue reading “Today OCC Begins Accepting National Bank Charter Applications From FinTech Companies”

Michigan Behind the Ball with Benefit Corporation Laws.

Good afternoon, all. It has been a while since my last post – I hope you all have been enjoying the summer. I usually include in these posts a recent photo of downtown Grand Rapids where my office overlooks Rosa Parks Circle.  On one of my walks downtown last week I decided to take aContinue reading “Michigan Behind the Ball with Benefit Corporation Laws.”

Detroit Startup Week Kicks Off – Schedule Now Available, Includes Legal Workshops

Today starts art festival in Grand Rapids – I took this photo just minutes ago. Summer is coming fast and so is Detroit Startup Week. Scheduled from June 18-22. According to its website, Startup week is: “A week long celebration of Detroit’s entrepreneurs. Volunteer-led and completely free for attendees, we are aiming to create a communityContinue reading “Detroit Startup Week Kicks Off – Schedule Now Available, Includes Legal Workshops”

My Thoughts on Social Enterprise: Am I Living Each Day with Conviction and Purpose?

Last week I mowed the lawn for the first time this year. I didn’t have any gas to fill up the mower, so I just relied on the unknown amount of gas that had been in the mower over the winter. As I was mowing the back yard, the largest portion of my lawn, IContinue reading “My Thoughts on Social Enterprise: Am I Living Each Day with Conviction and Purpose?”

Michigan is Back Trending Towards Social Entrepreneurship: April 24, 2018 Benefit Corporation Legislation Proposed.

Good morning! Downtown Grand Rapids is starting to look and feel like spring. The trees are just starting to get their leaves – I can’t wait for West Michigan to become green once again. Speaking of new life – the legislature has breathed new life in the possibility of benefit corporations (“Bcorps”) becoming a viableContinue reading “Michigan is Back Trending Towards Social Entrepreneurship: April 24, 2018 Benefit Corporation Legislation Proposed.”

Fintech Startup “Lemonade” Latest $120 Million Round of Funding – Following Through on Its Purpose Driven Mission.

“The key to disrupting a billion-dollar industry is ‘ignorance”  check out this recent article on “Lemonade” via BusinessInsider   In the past I have posted on Fintech Companies – and highlighted a few. One of those in particular is “Lemonade” a disrupter in the urban rental and home insurance industry.  Check out an update onContinue reading “Fintech Startup “Lemonade” Latest $120 Million Round of Funding – Following Through on Its Purpose Driven Mission.”

Community Revitalization To Include Downtown Grocery Stores: Update on The Urban Food Initiative.

Yesterday I read a story about a Detroiter, Raphael Wright who plans on opening a “mission-driven supermarket” in downtown Detroit. Check out the article on NextCity. Raphael’s idea is sparked by a much needed grocery option in Detroit- particularly for low-income residents. I love this idea. A few years back I took my family toContinue reading “Community Revitalization To Include Downtown Grocery Stores: Update on The Urban Food Initiative.”