An Insider’s Look at Working for a Social Enterprise

One of the most commonly asked questions after, “So are you Anita?” is “What’s it like to work for a social enterprise?” I spent a year volunteering with Fair Anita before officially becoming a staff member. The last three years as Operations Manager have flown by, and it’s been amazing to see how much Fair Anita has grown in such a short time. Here are some of my current learnings while working a…

5 Things I’ve Learned in My 4th Year Running a Social Enterprise

It's official: our 4th year of business is now in the books!  The last couple months have been somewhat surreal for me, reflecting back on where our business was at just a couple years ago, to the presence we are growing currently.  This holiday season, my heart fluttered every time a customer would run up to our booth with a friend, telling them about our mission and how much they love…

​Our Journey Through Ethiopian Social Enterprises

Fair Anita operates as a social enterprise, which is, put simply, a business with a mission. It’s not a non-profit, in that it doesn’t rely on donors or financial support outside of its own business. However, it is unique from normal companies as it is driven by the goal of maximizing its social impact to improve the well being of people while operating a self sustaining for-profit business.…

​5 Things I’ve Learned in My 3rd Year Running a Social Enterprise

We did it! We made it through our 3rd year running a social enterprise. I was recently reflecting on how incredible it has been to see this idea grow into something real, and it has somehow happened without me taking the time to stop and recognize that. When I first started Fair Anita, our customers were exclusively my friends and family (thanks, peeps!), and it has been humbling to watc…

Why We Run A For-Profit, Mission-Based Business

As a mission-based organization, one of the most common misconceptions is that we are a non-profit organization. Our incorporation as a for-profit, mission-based business was very intentional.  We are proud of this, so I wanted to share a bit more about the details and thought process behind this decision.Public Benefit Corporation: what it is and what it isn't.In January 2015, we incorporate…

5 Things I Learned in My 2nd Year Running a Social Enterprise

By Joy McBrien, Founder of Fair AnitaJust over 2 years ago, we incorporated Fair Anita as a Public Benefit Corporation in the State of Minnesota.  An entirely new structure in our state, I knew there would be a learning curve, but I was committed to being along for that ride to provide that a business can be BOTH profitable and provide real social value.  This year has been another crazy…