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Portland Conference Seeks to Spread Sustainable Business Ideas

Five awesome Portland businesses get the tools they need from social entrepreneurs.

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At the Net Impact conference in Portland, Oregon, some 2,600 business students and professionals are gathering to figure out how best to use their skills for good, not evil—starting with five awesome local businesses that are solving real problems.

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GOODCo Finalists: Three Companies with a Big Net Impact

Keen Footwear, Honest Tea and gDiapers are GOOD Companies—and we'll be meeting them in Portland this week.


At the end of thia week, GOOD Business is traveling to the 2011 Net Impact Conference in Portland, Oregon—a meeting of next-generation business leaders trying to solve the world’s toughest problems. Net Impact is an organization dedicated to making it easier and more effective for people’s careers to be a vehicle for social impact, so we’re expecting to meet a lot of like-minded folks. In advance of the conference, though, we thought we’d spotlight some of the GOOD companies who will be participating in the conference and sharing their best practices for the impact economy.

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Not Your Mama's MBA: Net Impact 2011 Hosts Responsible Business Leaders

GOOD Business heads for Portland this week to meet the next generation of social impact leaders.

If you hear “MBA” and think “soulless banker of the future,” you’re not alone—but you’re not necessarily right, either. Business skills are just tools, after all, and how they’re applied makes all the difference. Not everybody at Wharton or Harvard Business School has their heart set on a career of amoral profit-seeking: Many want to succeed by doing good.

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