The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship, B-Corporations and the New Bottom Line

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Research & Technology Forum, Wednesday, January 17th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Reception to follow, SyracuseCoE, Rm 203 and via webinar

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Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet a rigorous set of standards related to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, according to B Lab, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and over 130 industries working together toward a single unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

This Research & Technology forum will feature Central New York entrepreneurs who have traveled the challenging path to Certified B Corporation status, leveraging the power of business and the markets for social and environmental good. Join us and learn more about the B Corporation certification process and benefits.  It is presented in partnership with the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.


Kevin Stack, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC, Northeast Natural Homes, Inc.

Kevin works as a builder, building scientist and ecoliteracy educator, who teaches, designs and builds in Nature’s Image. His work includes a doer’s framework that harmonizes building science with biomimicry & resilience, to create place-based standards and solutions that functionally enhance the living world.

Josh Stack, Stack, Law, PLLC, Biomimicry Northern Forest

Educated in biology and law at Cornell, NYU and SUNY UB (and in the Peruvian rain forest), Josh is a counselor at law and resilience science and biomimicry, assisting clients in deliberating for our children’s adaptive health and resilience. He focuses in translating resilience science and city and systems scale biomimicry to a diversity of design, construction, policy and planning and strategic community initiatives. He also advises clients as a land use/environmental attorney.

Kennedy Alexis Patlan, Social Entrepreneurship Engagement Scholar, Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad

Kennedy is a senior at Syracuse University where she is majoring in Advertising, Civic Engagement, and Women’s & Gender Studies. This past semester, she worked with SU’s Blackstone LaunchPad as the first ever Engagement Scholar. In this role, Kennedy worked to develop the Inaugural Impact Prize, a prize competition for student social entrepreneurs. She has also helped SU students compete in this year’s international Hult Prize competition. Kennedy believes in embracing the intersections between business and civic engagement to create better solutions and societies.

This forum will be moderated by Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.

The Research and Technology Forum series is brought to you by the SyracuseCoE Partner Program