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Friday, May 27 • 10:00am - 11:00am
BCorps vs. Benefit Corporations

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Panel to discuss the difference between benefit corporations and BCorps. Beyond describing the difference, the panel will cover the use of performance metrics, legal implications, pros and cons, and how to get involved. Panelists include Holly Ensign-Barstow of B Lab, Kari Hughes of Buy the Change, Hanna Schulze of Local First, and State Representative Christine Greig, 37th District.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.  

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Nicole Mangis

Founder, Launch Exchange
Nicole is dedicated to advancing social impact and change through local-level community and economic development efforts to educate and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation. She has spent the past 5 years working at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as the assistant director of a research center. There she served as a mentor to over 150 students, managed over 30 employees, and facilitated over $500,000 in University research. She went on... Read More →

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Holly Ensign-Barstow

Manager of Mission Alignment Department, B Lab
Holly Ensign-Barstow is a Senior Associate for B Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to growing a new sector of the economy, which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Holly is the Manager of B Lab’s Policy and Mission Alignment Department with the aim to make benefit corporations available to entrepreneurs across the country and build a global community of social entrepreneurs. As of May 2016, Holly has been... Read More →
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State Representative Christine Greig

Rep. Christine Greig is in her first term representing Michigan’s 37th District, which comprises Farmington and Farmington Hills.Rep. Greig is committed to bringing tax relief and economic security to Michigan’s hardworking families. In the Legislature, working to improve Michigan’s public schools and ensuring our residents can find good jobs in Michigan will be her top priorities. Before coming to the House, Greig served as a founder and... Read More →
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Kari Hughes

Kari Hughes LLP is the co-founder of Buy The Change LLC, a Michigan based, social enterprise, accessories company and the Buy The Change Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization. Buy The Change is one of only a handful of certified BCorps in Michigan.Founded in 2011, the primary focus of Buy The Change is to bring economic empowerment to female artisans in the developing world through the sale of their handcrafted goods. The Buy The Change... Read More →
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Hanna Schulze

Hanna Schulze is the Program and Fund Development Manager at Local First in Grand Rapids. She received her B.S from Grand Valley State University before working under the Marketing Director of the City of Holland, and then as a Marketing Coordinator for the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Through her passion for local business and economic development, Hanna found herself as part of the Local First team in 2013. Hanna’s interest in local... Read More →