BusinessWeek Call for Submissions

BusinessWeek’s Stacey Perman asked me to share this opportunity with social entrepreneurs:

…BusinessWeek’s upcoming roundup of the most promising social entrepreneurs in the U.S. – those who aim to both turn a profit and solve social problems. We are now in the process of searching for great candidates, and I want to ask for your help.

Please take a look at the criteria below, then complete the and pass this note along to your colleagues. I also hope that you will include mention of the roundup on your own Web site or newsletter. If you are interested you can certainly nominated Peaceworks for this as well.

What are we looking for? Candidates should be for-profit companies based in the U.S. that are tackling social problems in new and innovative ways here or abroad. Concepts are great, but we do insist that companies that warrant coverage have been in operation for at least one year. The call for nominations begins January 13, 2009 and ends February 20, 2009. When this nomination period ends, our staff and a few renowned members of the business and social enterprise community will narrow the candidates to 20 finalists – each of whom will be profiled on our Web site. Readers will be able vote for the finalist whom they feel holds the most promise and we will announce the top five vote-getters on May 2, 2009.

Again, nominations are being accepted through February 20, 2009 via this I encourage you to participate and help spread the word. It’s an exciting way to participate directly in identifying and recognizing social entrepreneurs who are changing the world.

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  1. Sehnita Joshua Mattison said:

    Hi Mr. Lubetsky,

    It looks like I was too late in finding the poll or I would have nominated Worldwise Education, Inc. (WE) CEO Charles Paul. These days when you only hear of grim news in the business and education fronts, WE has paid $1.5M directly to schools through our Artwork for Education program. The program promotes arts education in schools and creates student-designed greeting cards that are then sold through retail partners, like Whole Foods, and school fundraisers. WE is a company that is at the front and center of the entrepreneurial stage by using commerce to address social problems and empower kids.

    PeaceWorks sounds like an amazing organizations. I like your description as not-only-for-profits! I hope we all start realizing that profits and social good don’t need to be mutually exclusive.

    Sehnita Joshua Mattison
    Worldwise Education

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