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Social Enterprise

Client Highlight: Interview with Janine Firpo, Board Member of Zebras Unite

An Interview with Janine Firpo, a values-aligned investor, angel investor, and social innovator who is on the Board of Directors of Zebras Unite.
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We are now a Certified B Corp!

Catalyst Law is thrilled to share that the firm is now a Certified B Corp! We are dedicated to serving our values-driven clients with high-quality and friendly legal services, while at the same time positively contributing to our community, remaining mindful of our impact on the environment, and ensuring that our firm’s practices are consistent...
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Social Enterprise

Part 1: Structuring a Social Enterprise: For-Profit Options

Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Social Enterprise At Catalyst Law, we define a “social enterprise” as any organization that has elements of “doing well financially by doing good.”  Under this definition, social enterprises can take many forms – from strictly for-profit businesses to nonprofit organizations, with several options in between.  This six-part series will...
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Zebras Dazzle and Innovate

A Dazzle of Zebras are Changing Business

A “zebra company” is one whose business model strives for both purpose and profit. We’re thrilled when we have an opportunity to help zebra companies develop the legal structure they need to have a dual-impact mission. And we are proud to be a zebra company ourselves, dazzling* brightly with the other zebra companies we know.  At...
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benefit company tax benefit

New Tax Benefit for Benefit Companies

Benefit companies now enjoy a new tax advantage over traditional corporate entity types. In October 2016, the IRS announced that benefit companies’ advertising expenses are deductible as a business expense, even when the payment is made to a nonprofit organization.[1] In 31 states, businesses have the option to incorporate a business as a “benefit company.”...
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Nonprofit Affiliate, The Commons Law Center

Catalyst Law is rooted in community and committed to creative problem-solving – it’s why we founded the firm with an emphasis in social enterprise law. As our way of giving back, we are proud & thrilled to announce the launch of our new nonprofit affiliate and a social enterprise venture of our own, The Commons...
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Choosing the Right Social Enterprise Legal Structure

Many clients come to us with a business idea or a blossoming enterprise, coupled with a desire to do good – not just good business, but a desire to create or promote a positive social impact. These clients often start by asking how to structure the business entity.
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A New “Go-To” Law Firm for Portland’s Social Entrepreneurs

Recently Portland Business Journal featured Catalyst Law, placing emphasis on one type of client served by the firm: “The trio will unite its expertise in business law, estate planning and nonprofits to help social startups at Hatch and beyond with the complexities of operating businesses. They have special expertise in marrying for-profit enterprises with nonprofit...
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Catalyst Law Blog

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

Kofi Annan

The articles in this blog are intended to help educate you on some common issues people in Oregon face during divorces, custody disputes, and other family law matters.

The information provided is general and is not intended to be legal advice for any specific case. Reading these articles is not a substitute for consulting with a family law attorney.

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