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Please vote for us in BusinessWeek contest for America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs!

The following is from BusinessWeek online:

Social entrepreneurs—enterprising individuals who apply business practices to solving societal problems such as pollution, poor nutrition, and poverty—are now 30,000 strong and growing, according to B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies these purpose-driven companies. Together, they represent some $40 billion in revenue.

Not surprising, then, that they've caught the attention of venture capitalists such as those at Acumen Fund, a nonprofit that invests in companies that try to alleviate poverty, and Bay Area Equity Fund, which backs businesses aiming to make social or environmental improvements to San Francisco's needier neighborhoods. President Obama has even suggested starting a new government agency to help socially conscious startups gain more access to venture capital.

Back in January, we asked readers and a few members of the social enterprise community to nominate candidates whose trailblazing companies, in operation for at least a year, aimed to turn a profit while tackling social ills.

After the call for nominations ended on Feb. 20, our staff sifted through more than 200 and narrowed the impressive group down to a final 25.

At the end of the slide show, you can vote for the business you feel holds the most promise, from now until Apr. 26. We'll announce the top five vote-getters on May 2.

To see the finalists go to:
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0403_social_entrepreneurs

To vote, go to the end of the slideshow:
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0403_social_entrepreneurs/27.htm

Views: 50

Comment by Brad Ewing on May 5, 2009 at 7:22am
Congrats on being nominated, how did you do?
Comment by Sara Olsen on May 7, 2009 at 1:35am
We must have placed at #6.... : ) we weren't in the top 5 vote getters so haven't learned yet what our ultimate results were. That said, we were delighted to be in the 25 profiled out of 200 nominees. We really appreciate everyone who took the time to vote!
Comment by Sara Olsen on May 7, 2009 at 1:37am
also, on an unrelated tangent, May 5 was "stroke awareness day" and here is some useful information (the 911 is for us residents, but the counsel would be to get urgent medical attention!)

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