In the heat of summer, we’ve been planning for some exciting resources launching this fall. We have spent the past couple of years speaking with newly-certified and nearly-certified B Corps and have heard of the very real need for certification assistance and support. In light of this feedback, we are very excited to be rolling out a couple of new options that we think will provide some much-needed support to companies seeking to get certified.
Over the next few months we'll be rolling out a B Corp Certification Support Cohort Program, and hosting a free B Corp Certification Hackathon. These programs and events are open to both aspiring B Corps, as well as current B Corps going through the re-certification process. Read on for more details and information about both.
B Corp Certification Support Cohort Program
Sponsored by B Local PDX
Short summary: Four group class sessions with private coaching element
When: Every other Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm starting September 20th
Cost: $1,000 per company (up to two representatives per company), with at least two Inclusivity Scholarships spaces at a reduced rate of $400 per company.
The path to B Corp certification is wide in both depth and breadth, with best-in-class standards and questions designed to poke and prod every angle of your business. The B Corp Certification Support Cohort Program, led by a long-time B Corp champion and expert Mike Mercer of MMercer Consulting, aims to demystify the assessment and help you chart a course to the magic number of 80+ points to become a Certified B Corporation. Over the course of four sessions in six weeks, the cohort will run through all of the relevant details of the B Impact Assessment in a classroom-style setting, while also providing four hours of 1-on-1 assistance to address your specific certification needs. From companies just beginning their certification journey to those close to certification, or even re-certifying B Corps, this cohort aims to help you discover your business’ unique path to creating a durable prosperity for all of your stakeholders.
Inclusiveness and ensuring diverse representation are guiding principles at B Local PDX, with a goal that all companies can participate. To ensure this is possible, B Local PDX is providing financial support to reduce the cost of attendance $400 for at least two minority-owned or otherwise underrepresented businesses. This lower rate is made possible by the support of our community through ticket sales and our B Learning Lunch series, along with a reduction in cost from MMercer Consulting as well.
Inclusiveness and ensuring diverse representation are guiding principles at B Local PDX, with a goal that all companies can participate. To ensure this is possible, B Local PDX is providing financial support to reduce the cost of attendance $400 for at least two minority-owned or otherwise underrepresented businesses. This lower rate is made possible by the support of our community through ticket sales and our Learning Lunch series, along with a reduction in cost from MMercer Consulting as well.
Interested in participating? Have any questions? We’re here to help! Contact Craig Hill, Certifications Chair for B Local PDX, firstname.lastname@example.org.
B Corp Certification Hackathon
Sponsored by B Local PDX
Short summary: Half-day event with on-site expert assistance in B Corp certification
When: Late October
Sometimes, you just have to jump in the pool! Bring your key players to B Local PDX’s Certification Hackathon, a half-day event where we’ll fill the room with prospective B Corps, recertifying B Corps, and experts on the assessment--including live support from B Lab. Whether you’re familiar with the assessment or this is your first real opportunity to dig in, this is a great opportunity to measure your score and learn some best practices to aid in certification!
With these new options are being offered for the first time this fall, there’s never been a better time to get your company certified and equip your company for a successful B Corp certification! Please let us know if either (or both) of these options interest you, as space will be limited. We at B Local PDX exist to serve our growing community and we hope to see your company join our ranks!