Which Legal Structure is Right for my Social Venture?

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Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Seminar

Have you ever thought of starting a social purpose business that provides critical products and services to address unmet needs in the community?  Or starting a nonprofit organization that serves a public good? Then, you might be a social entrepreneur.

The Wayne State University School of Social Work invites you to join us for this important webinar designed to help would-be and existing social entrepreneurs better understand the legal entity options available for starting, growing and scaling social ventures. Experienced attorneys will guide you through various entity structures including for-profit, nonprofit and hybrid models and discuss key variables in decision-making so that your venture can achieve maximum social impact. Please note that legal entity structures differ by state and this workshop is open to a national audience so the information provided will present a general overview of entity structures not specific to any particular state.


  • Shanika Owens, JD is an associate based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. Shanika focuses her practice on corporate governance, real property and regulatory law.
  • Albert Pak, JD, MPA is the Director of Innovation at 12 Plus, an education nonprofit that helps Philadelphia high school students succeed beyond 12th grade. Albert oversees the organization's technology ventures and special projects. 

Cost: $20

CEU's: 2 social work continuing education credits will be available for a cost of $10

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom. The Zoom information will be provided upon completion of the event payment via the RSVP link above. 

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March 2021