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Nonprofit Trends: B Corps Spotlight on Impact Makers

Over the past several weeks we have been sharing information about the rise of the B Corps movement. As more and more companies make community engagement a priority and add corporate responsibility pages to their websites, and as “benefit corporations” continue to rise, the definition of the social sector is becoming increasingly broad. In our final post on local B Corps, we will highlight Impact Makers - a management and technology consulting company that provides services in Management and IT Consulting, Program and Project Management, Digital Services, Governance, Risk and Compliance, and Healthcare Solutions.

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B Corps Spotlight: Virginia Community Capital

As we continue our blog series on local B Corps we wanted to highlight Virginia Community Capital (VCC) - a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and banking entity that is celebrating 10 years of impact in Virginia this year. Their three core lines of business are Lending, Savings and Advisory Services; being a community bank, however, they go above and beyond these services to provide expertise to a wide range of constituents including localities, developers, community development agencies, nonprofits, and business owners. In April 2016, VCC converted its for-profit bank - Community Capital Bank of Virginia - to a certified benefit corporation, making it the first B Corp regulated bank in the US. We spoke with Leah Fremouw, VCC Community Programs Manager, to learn more about VCC’s mission, impact and their decision to become a B Corps.

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B Corps Spotlight: Synapse

Next on deck in our blog series on local B Corps is Synapse, a membership networking organization that “facilitates connections between businesses, and businesses and nonprofit groups for community and economic development.” What does that look like in real life? A Synapse Hub – where groups of business and nonprofit community members gather to exchange resources, ideas, and make valuable connections. Nonprofit hosts have an opportunity to share updates and needs with a captive audience at the Hub. ConnectVA attended a recent hub at Unbound RVA, and sat down with Keith Reynolds, Co-Founder of Synapse to learn more about the Synapse story:

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B Corps Spotlight: TMI Consulting

B Corps. Diversity and inclusion. What do these two things have in common? They were both identified by Independent Sector as key factors affecting the social sector in the years to come. They are also defining characteristics of TMI Consulting – a management consulting firm and certified B Corps that specifically serves as a diversity and inclusion strategy resource for clients. We talked with Tiffany Jana, CEO and President of TMI, to ask her a few questions about the company and the B Corps movement:

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