The Future of Good Business in Philly

By Houwzer (other events)

Wednesday, November 9 2016 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

There is a growing number of for-profit companies rising above the status quo in social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Such companies are identified as B Corporations. The standards that must be met in order to obtain B Corporation certification through the nonprofit B Lab is rigorous. This certification identifies the companies who have stepped out as leaders in their industries, who are seeking to change the way businesses are run, and who measure success by their impact on the environment and their communities.

But you don't have to be a B Corp to be a good business. Companies everywhere can start changing the way they do business just by changing their approach and mindset. 

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of good business and learn how Philadelphia is leading the way for B Corporations from keynote speaker, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez.

  • 6:00pm     Doors Open
  • 6:20pm     Welcome: Elizabeth Guman, Strategy Arts
  • 6:30pm     Keynote Speaker: Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sanchez
  • 6:45pm     Panel Discussion: Moderated by Elizabeth Guman
  • 7:15pm     Special Presentation: Mike Maher, Houwzer 
  • 7:30pm     Closing Remarks & Networking

Drinks and appetizers will be available for your enjoyment throughout the evening. Event participants will have ample time for networking and further discussion following closing remarks.

A special thanks goes to Benjamin's Desk for hosting the event.


More information about the evening's featured companies:

Message Agency

Message Agency builds functional, beautiful websites for mission-driven organizations. They are a full-service interactive studio and social enterprise based in Philadelphia that helps nonprofits and sustainable businesses use technology to enlighten, educate, engage, and enact change. Message Agency's primary services include strategic communications; branding and messaging; content strategy; information design, user experience design, and visual design; programming and website development; and systems integration. To date, they have helped over 300 organizations raise more money, reach more supporters, and serve more community members.


MilkCrate is a mission-driven, B-Corp Certified company that builds technologies to support and grow sustainable communities. Its first product, My MilkCrate, is an app that connects consumers to local, sustainable businesses, services and local events, similar to a green Yelp. Its newest product, MilkCrate for Communities, is an enterprise platform that measures and grows a community’s social and environmental impact. Simply put: MilkCrate enables more people to collectively make a huge impact.

Praxis Consulting Group

Praxis Consulting Group assists employee-owned, not-for-profit, and other socially responsible organizations in developing high-performing, sustainable workplaces that benefit all stakeholders and maximize employee engagement and responsibility.Their clients benefit from their extensive experience in leadership development, coaching, union-management partnerships, team-building, large-scale change, strategic planning, employee engagement, conflict resolution, and culture-building. Through services addressing three key areas – leadership, strategy and culture – they assist client organizations in ensuring that their entire system is aligned to achieve their goals and missions.


As a certified B Corporation, Azavea builds advanced geospatial applications for civic and social impact while advancing the state-of-the-art through research. Their goal is to combine their experience solving tough geospatial problems, commitment to tailored service, and a genuine desire to “do well by doing good” in order to help their clients create more dynamic, vibrant, and sustainable communities. Azavea has experience working on projects spanning a wide array of domains: natural resource planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, crime analysis, real estate property analysis, redistricting, political advocacy, and cultural resources to name a few.