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One Minute Until Impact: Eileen Brady on Winning the Day

"They get up every morning, and they deal with the obstacle that's in the way."

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In 1999, three families and 50 friends got together to open a grocery store in Portland, Oregon, to support local sustainable agriculture. One of the leaders of the effort was Eileen Brady, and the store became New Seasons Market, a grocery company that now has 11 locations in Portland and the surrounding area, and a 12th opening soon. In addition to her work at New Seasons and as operations director at a tech firm, Brady has worked on issues like sustainable agriculture at the Portland non-profit Ecotrust and health care reform as a member of the Oregon Health Policy board. To round all that out, she's now running for mayor of Portland in an election that will take place in May.

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One Minute Until Impact: Charles Kane on Gaining Capital to Grow

"Getting access to capital in a nonprofit status is incredibly difficult."

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Charles Kane is a director and former president of One Laptop Per Child. Before joining the impact-focused organization in 2008, he worked as an executive at several successful technology companies.

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One Minute Until Impact: Ahmad Ashkar on the Best Business Models

There are lots of places to innovate, so don't get stuck reinventing the wheel.

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Ahmad Ahskar is founder and chief operating officer of the Hult Global Case Challenge, an international competition that pits teams of business school students against one in another to develop social enterprise solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

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If there's one question that's never far from an entrepreneur's mind, it's this one: "Where am I going to get the money to get my company off the ground?" We brought that question to Susie Lee, a principal at TBL Capital, a San Francisco-based investment fund that focuses on social enterprise. Asked what young companies need to do to attract the attention—and lucre—of venture capitalists like herself, Lee says that there's no silver bullet. Except, maybe, positive cash flow.

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One Minute Until Impact: Cheryl Heller, Chair, PopTech

"So many people think that just having an idea and being passionate and having a mission is enough."

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In the second installment of our interview series with social enterprise leaders, GOOD talks to Cheryl Heller, who works at the intersection of design, communication, and enterprise in a number of roles—as CEO of Heller Communication Design; chair of the board of PopTech, the social innovation nonprofit; and founder of a new MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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