The Heritage Canada Foundation encourages Canadians to protect and enhance places of historic significance. When they approached OpenConcept, HCF was managing a membership database offline and separate from their website.
We started the process of becoming a B Corporation early in 2013 after being exposed to it through HubOttawa in January. Initially it seemed like it would be an interesting way to more officially support the kind of work that we've been doing since we began in 1999. There are plenty of people who see starting a web business as a type of get-rich-quick scheme. I started OpenConcept for a very different reason; I saw that running a small business could be a way I could work to make the world better.
I was surprised though when I first took the online assessment at how much better OpenConcept could be. The folks at B Labs have done a great job putting together a very interesting survey that I would recommend any CEO review. There are just so many ways in which a business can do a better job to serve its employees, its clients, its community and our world. The process of documenting what we do is even more important, and the process of becoming a B Corporation has really helped us improve our own internal processes.