With the enactment of AB 361 in California, social businesses can legally organize as a Benefits Corporation, joining 8 other states with similar provisions. Four experts in alternative forms of organizing social ventures (e.g., B Corps, Benefits Corporations) explain what these new forms are and how they work. Panelists are, from the left, Kyle Westaway, Social Entrepreneur, B Corp Specialist and Attorney (kylewestaway.com). Dermot Hikisch, Director of Business Development of B Lab, a community of B Corps that offers companies B Corp credentialing (bcorporation.net/). Dr. Tom Thomas, Associate Professor of Management at San Francisco State Univ (cob.sfsu.edu/directory/faculty/tom-thomas) and moderator of the panel. And Mike Hannigan, President of GiveSomethingBack.com, a successful B Corp (givesomethingback.com/).

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