As a business owner, you have the unique opportunity to make an impact — in the lives of your customers, your employees, and even the industry itself. But what if you could take it a step further and make a lasting difference as a socially responsible business?

Read an excerpt from the latest episode of the podcast featuring Karen Blackwell, Founder and CEO of WBENC-Certified Sage & Alms™, a Black-owned, women-owned benefit corporation, as well as Kanda™ Chocolates, a Fair Trade company that produces chocolates entirely in Ghana. Listen to the podcast to hear how one life-changing trip and a passion for social justice inspired Karen to leave a career in sales in marketing to start two incredible businesses build around servant leadership and giving back.

“I just want to have a business that’s based on servant leadership and it has to be about giving back. I wouldn’t have left corporate America just to do more of the same. It had to be that I was making a greater impact and that this was something I was led to do and meant to do.”

– Karen Blackwell

Watch the podcast now to discover:

  • A close look at the ins and outs of running a benefit corporation (Psst — if you’re looking for a better way to make a difference and scale your company you don’t want to miss this!)
  • The #1 mistake most new business owners (and even experienced CEOs) make that can keep their companies from moving forward
  • The 3 most important ways your business can make a difference as a Fair Trade certified company (and how you can support Fair Trade if you have a business outside of the retail space)
  • The most pressing challenge Karen faced in scaling her business — and the key mindset that helped her overcome it (If you’re a growth-minded CEO you’ll want to watch out for this)
  • How Kanda Chocolates navigated its first year as a business during the pandemic … plus the strategies the company used to effectively pivot and thrive despite the challenges
  • The biggest ways WBENC Certification and the WBENC network helped Kanda achieve game-changing growth (If you’re preparing to scale your company, you need to hear this!)
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