social enterprise

My Sister product fashion shot by Athena Pelton

Minnesota’s polite, well-kept face hides a seamy underbelly. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the sex trafficking capital of the Upper Midwest — the regional hub of a $40 billion global industry. Sex trafficking affects at-risk youth, mostly girls, across the state — not just in the Twin Cities metro, but in county seats, small towns and rural communities, also. Read More

Bernard Prince at the Kinnix warehouse in Bloomington.

In the midst of a labor shortage, some companies are finding success hiring the so-called unemployables, such as those with a criminal record. The matchmaker is Minnesota’s only alternative staffing agency, EmergeWORKS, a Minneapolis nonprofit. Read More
A new Minneapolis nonprofit is on a mission to change the world — depending on whether the world accepts the MN Social Impact Center as a worthy member. Read More


Jacquie Berglund, founder and CEO of FINNEGANS

In order to grow and develop Minnesota’s aspiring entrepreneurs, MN Cup hosts Part 2, The Business Case for Social Responsibility, of their Social Entrepreneurship Series.  This free event is supported by the Carlson Family Foundation and the Read More

Kate Hoff, Mary Rick, and Mark Rieland of Peace Coffee posed with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (second from left) on the day of filing. (Photo by Steve Olinger.)

Minnesota companies can now file as public benefit corporations (PBCs), a new form of incorporation for for-profit businesses that prioritize social impact as much as profits. The designation is a way for businesses to declare their intent to make — and be held accountable for — a positive impact on the world. Read More
$2.5 billion. That’s the amount in scholarship funds Scholarship Management Services (SMS) has distributed to more than 1.3 million students around the world on behalf of its clients since its inception in 1976. Read More

 Fredrikson & Byron attorney Kim Lowe

Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron recently revealed the Minnesota companies that will be part of the firm’s new Benefit Corporation Cultivator Program. Read More

Problem solver: CEO Andrew Korey (left) with Christine Horton, vice president of sales and marketing

According to the Cardinal Health Foundation, on average more than 10,000 people in the U.S. abuse prescription medications for the first time each day. Unintentional human drug poisoning is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Read More
Starting in January 2015, Minnesota companies will have the option to file as Public Benefit Corporations. This new classification was designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their social businesses. Read More