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February forum - Benefit Companies – Oregon’s New Law For Social Entreprene

St. Charles Center for Health and 2500 NE Neff Rd.
Event Contact Person: Joey Drucker

About this event

Nationwide there has been an explosion of businesses choosing to become
social entrepreneurs. Their for-profit businesses are called Benefit
Companies and they focus on more other than making money. They want to have a positive impact on their communities. Twenty-seven states have passed laws enabling businesses to register as a Benefit Company and 14 other states are in the process of enacting Benefit Company legislation.

Oregon joined movement when its Benefit Company law took effect in January 2014. Oregon is second in the nation with the highest number of registered Benefit Companies.

A Benefit Company is able to consider its impact on society and the
environment in its business-decision-making process, in addition to earning a profit.

What’s behind this national movement? Why are businesses becoming Benefit
Companies? How has becoming a Benefit Company impacted businesses? What
effect has it had on their employees, customers and their bottom line?
We’ll pose these and other questions to our panel members all of who have
registered their companies with the Oregon Secretary of State as a Benefit


Tom Kelly, Owner and President Neil Kelly Company
Ketan Sampat, Co-Founder, CafeGive