When things get REAL

Yesterday was a snow day here in Denver.  And on a snow day, I snuggle up and read a book while my kids ransack my house.  Literally, like feral kids, they ransack every crevice of the house.  Anyways. 
I got a phone call, around noon, from an unknown phone number so immediately my head goes to "You've won a free cruise to the Bahamas!!!" and I got annoyed.  I answered anyway.  Turns out I DIDN'T win a free cruise, but Chris Cain, the executive director for Staunton Community Creative Fund, wanted to chat about me being a B Corp.    
(See Staunton's website here: http://stauntoncreativecommunityfund.tumblr.com)

She proceeded to tell me all about who she is and what she does.  Staunton is a non-profit company that assists small businesses (like myself).  They are a micro lending organization dedicated to helping small business start and grow in the Shenandoah Valley area in Virginia.  They are also a HUGE supporter of B Corporations.  As we chatted, she mentioned she was writing a blog to be published today and she wanted to feature *yours truly*.  Being a sole proprietor, I do not fit the 'typical' mold of a B Corporation.  Big B Corps are Patagonia, Ben and Jerry's, New Belgium Brewing Company.  

And then there is me....Megan James.  But guess what?  It doesn't talk a multi-million dollar company to make an impact.  It takes one person with dreams and drive.  I may not be the CEO of Patagonia, but I am someone who has more drive than I ever knew I was capable of having.   

OH.  And here's the blog she wrote.

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The B Corp Anthem

So incredibly thrilled to be a part of this.  

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What is a B Corp?

Yesterday I announced that I had completed the process of becoming a B Corporation. While B Corporation has been around for nearly 8 years, it is still a relatively new idea. B Corporation is a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. I was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. I have evaluated how my practices impact our community, the environment, and my customers.

Today, there are over 1,300 Certified B Corps around the globe, including Patagonia Clothing, Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream, and New Belgium Brewing Company. I am proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.

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Be The Change

Its been nearly 2 years to the day that I pledged 20% to charities. Today, I'm beyond thrilled to announce that I am now part of the B Corporation Community. I'm surrounded by like-minded people and businesses striving to be the change. I cannot even begin to express the opportunities this will bring to ALL of us. This isn't just about me and my business, its about all of us. Stop wishing, start doing.  

While you're at it, go and visit their website (www.bcorporation.net). Familiarize yourself with others who are doing big things and changing the way the world does business.

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Jill&Danner | Married

I was ELATED when a friend that I grew up with contacted me to do her wedding.  So much fun!!

Thanks to Jennie Davis Photography and Addie Poe Photography for tag-teaming this and 2nd shooting with me! 

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