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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume II by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 19

The “Benefit Corporation”: A Viable Option for Social Entrepreneurs?

Raymond Brescia

Albany Law School

Introduction

Choosing the correct corporate form for his or her social venture is a critical decision every social entrepreneur must make. Social entrepreneurs have had the option of pursuing several different potential legal forms: sole proprietorship, not-for-profit corporation, partnership, traditional for-profit corporation, and limited liability corporation. These are just some of the many different legal structures from which a social entrepreneur can choose when deciding on what type of organization to create. Until recently, these different corporate forms fell into two basic categories: for-profit or not-for-profit. Under ...

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