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It’s February and whether you have a valentine or not, we know you’ll have a great time at this month’s Salesforce User Group meeting. It will be held on February 16, 2011 from 8am-10am and we’d love to see you there! If you want the chance to collaborate, network, and share ideas with other salesforce users who are right here in the Atlanta area, then be sure to attend this Salesforce User Group meeting! It will be at Hub Atlanta which is at 1375 Spring St. (address and parking info). Catering (coffee, breakfast yummies) will be provided by Cafe Campesino Atlanta.  Please RSVP here

Monthly Agenda

  • 8-8:30am: Networking and breakfast (coffee, bagels, breakfast burritos, pastries)
  • 8:30-8:45am: Announcements
  • 8:45-9:15am: Salesforce Demo: Skoodat (B Corporation)
    Zach McElrath, Skoodat Developer, will show you how this B Corporation uses Salesforce’s Service Cloud and Collaboration Cloud! You’ll get a sense of how to use cases for client support and internal task tracking, as well as how a distributed team uses Chatter to make collaboration effective.
  • 9:15-9:45am: Salesforce Training: Spring ’11 Overview
    Spring ’11 is rolling out now! Get a glimpse at the cool new features now available in this presentation.
  • 9:45-10:00am: Networking and planning for future meetings

Logistics

Hub Atlanta is based at the junction of Midtown and Buckhead and a short distance from some of Atlanta’s most exciting sustainable projects. We are easily accessible at the intersection of Spring St. and 17th St., just south of the I-85/I-75 interchange. By public transit we are one block north of the Art Station Marta train stop.

Limited parking is available at The Hub. You can also part across the street at The Atlanta Ballet (lots of available parking).

Address: Hub Atlanta, 1375 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30309

If you have any questions about this Salesforce User Group meeting, you can contact Christopher at cjj@ifpeople.net. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP here.

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The Edelman Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding contest is awarding the nonprofit organization with the best brand presence two national advertisements in USA Today, and BLab is up for the running!If you get your votes in by midnight tonight, you’ll help  BLab get exposure to 3.3 million readers who will learn why it’s important to have B Corporations be part of our economy.

ifPeople’s support of BLab comes from being a B-Corporation ourselves.We have seen the benefit of being part of a community of like-minded companies who are deeply committed to using their business to support social objectives as fervently as financial ones. With 377 BCorps and counting, BLab isn’t just building a network of social entrepreneurs nationally, they are also providing tools to social businesses that help them become more competitive, more profitable, and more successful.

BCorps secure immense savings on products that are central to making a business run smoothly. Through discounts on systems like Salesforce or Inspire Commerce BLab has helped companies save $1million annually. They also give BCorps an edge in recruiting since some of the top business schools in the country offer loan forgiveness to MBAs who work for a BCorp upon graduation.

Lastly, BLab has built a brand that truly sets their businesses apart from a company that occaisionally dabbles in corporate social responsibility when they need good PR. BLab is a brand that encourages the public to hold business to a higher social standard and makes business owners accountable for their responsibility to their communities and environment.BLab’s brand has the power to propel us past greenwashers and instead, build a legion of companies who are fundamentally committed to building a thriving social economy.

Now if that’s not a good reason to vote for BLab I’m not sure what is. Get your vote in today!

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We’re so grateful for all the help from our supporters in our recent YouTopia proposal to create a community of practice around using web technology effectively in social enterprises and nonprofits. We didn’t make the final 20 to win the free branding help, but even so, we will keep up our work to make technology more accessible to more organizations working to make the world a better place.

Overall, we came in 8th place in the socially responsible business category.We’re really pleased to have gotten so much support and interest in the idea (despite having done no prior promotion or awareness!). This was our first announcement of our plans to work on a community of practice around using web technologies effectively. While the idea is still fairly loose and in formation, we’ll be working more on it in the near future (hopefully with the help of Free Range Studios!).

I’d also like to acknowledge our clients who made a great run at it too:

We’d love to give a shout out to our friends at Indigenous Designs (a fellow B Corporation), who were selected for the final round in the responsible business category! Check out their Mindful Purchase for People and Planet proposal. Good luck in the final round!

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Just wanted to let those who follow our blog know that this past week we officially became a B Corporation. This involved an extensive survey on our practices – from transparency and governance to environmental and social benefits of our services and community involvement. We passed the survey portion and are now officially a B Corporation!

We’ll be making a more extensive announcement once our profile and the report from the survey is published on the B Corporation site.

A B Corporation is a new type of corporation.  It is a for-profit entity just like a traditional C-Corp or S-Corp (IRS/legal distinctions), but goes further than that because a B-Corp is a purpose-driven organization, not a ‘bottom line’ driven one.  For others looking to express their responsibility as a social benefit company, check out B Corporation. Along with good feelings and community, members also get a 75% discount on salesforce.com through the Salesforce.com Foundation!

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