Limited Partnerships for Entrepreneurs with Silent Partners

Thus far, we have looked into sole proprietorships and general partnerships as possible forms of an entity for a social entrepreneur. In this post we consider a limited partnership. If a person simply wants to invest in a social enterprise, but not help to run it, the limited partnership could be an appropriate choice of…

General Partnership – Not the Best Entity for an Entrepreneur

In this post, we consider structuring a social enterprise as a general partnership. A prior post examined doing business as an individual. Future posts will consider more complex entities, such as limited partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. What is a General Partnership? A partnership is a group of two or more persons or other…

Sole Proprietors as Social Entrepreneurs or Enterprises

This post is the first of a series examining the pros and cons of various business entities a startup might choose. This post covers the simplest entity – the individual person, which is where all businesses actually begin. Sole Proprietorship A sole proprietor is simply a person doing business as himself. The sole proprietor has…

A Visit to The Grove Coworking Space in Dallas

When I visited Dallas Baptist University to attend the Business as a Mission seminar, I met Justin Gandy, with whom I had corresponded by email. Dr. Gandy and I visited about the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. He also said that I might be interested in a place called The Grove. So I contacted Justin Nygren, who runs…

A Visit to The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

The mission statement of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (“the DEC”) reads: The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the “DEC”) serves entrepreneurs in the Dallas area, providing a location where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses. Facilitating…

Business as a Mission at Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University’s College of Business hosted a conference on “Business as a Mission” on Thursday afternoon, April 9, 2015. The conference included talks by the department head, Ross O’Brien, and two social entrepreneurs who shared their experiences and insights. Business as a Mission Courses DBU’s business school offerings include courses in Social Entrepreneurship and…

Unite for Sight’s Global Health & Innovation Conference

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University over March 28-29. This was a busy conference, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Saturday with remarks by Yale’s President, Peter Salovey, and Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Unite For Sight. The programs…