about sbn membership

frequently asked questions

Who are SBN members?
SBN members are committed to growing a socially just, environmentally sound, and economically prosperous Philadelphia region. They are business and community leaders from diverse sectors who grow their businesses and create sustainable communities through the member services that SBN offers.

I own a franchise and I would like to become a member of SBN. How can I find out if I qualify for membership?
SBN does allow some franchises to join as long as they meet a few criteria that qualify them as an independent business. If you can answer yes to the following 5 questions, then your business should be eligible for membership in SBN.

  1. Is your business privately held? (not publicly traded)
  2. Do the business owners, totaling greater than 50% of the business ownership, live within 50 miles of the place of business?
  3. Is your business located within the Greater Philadelphia region, with no corporate or national headquarters out-of-state?
  4. Can your business make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business, as well as all business purchasing, practices and distribution?
  5. Do you pay all your own marketing, rent and other business expenses (without assistance from a corporate headquarters)?

What if I don’t qualify for a business membership?
If you would like to enjoy the benefits of membership and don’t qualify as a business member, you are encouraged to join as an Individual member. You would enjoy all of the benefits of a business membership minus marketing and cross-promotional opportunities.

Is there a way for me to join SBN or renew my membership online?
Yes. You can join SBN online at Membership. Current members can renew their membership by logging into the member section of the website and clicking on Renew. You can also view a short video in which we walk you through the renewal process step-by-step. Please click here to watch the video.

I have forgotten my username and password for the online member directory. How can I find this information?
Your user name is the email address under which you registered your SBN membership. Passwords can be retrieved and new ones generated at Member Login.

How do I update my member directory listing or account information?
Email Bradford Bucknum, Member Relations Associate, at bradford@sbnphiladelphia.org.

I want to green my business. How do I get started?
There are ample opportunities to learn how to green your business through educational programming and business collaborations hosted by SBN staff. 

How do I make a submission to SBN’s newsletter and member discount email?
If you would like to submit an event, announcement or discount for our newsletter, create a submission of 100 words or less and send it to us through the website. Associated images can be uploaded here as well. Please click here to learn how to submit your announcement  to our newsletters.

What does it mean for a business to be a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) business? 
For some this term is new, and for others its meaning is somewhat ambiguous; therefore, a call for a more concrete and comprehensive definition is necessary.

The Economist explains that the triple bottom line “consists of three Ps: profit, people and planet. It aims to measure the financial, social and environmental performance of [a] corporation over a period of time. Only a company that produces a TBL is taking account of the full cost involved in doing business.” 

John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility and first to coin the TBL designation in 1994, describes the Triple Bottom Line as a way to “coevolve a shared vision of a radically better future” that does not solely focus on a financial bottom line (The Breakthrough Challenge). 

Triple Pundit describes triple bottom line thinking as tying “the social and environmental impact of an organization’s activities to its economic performance.” Triple Pundit argues that “the economy, environment, and society are inseparably related, and an understanding of all three is critical to society’s ability to flourish long term.” 

Are you a TBL business?
1. Are you building a profitable enterprise that also serves community needs, shares wealth, and protects the environment?
2. Do you envision a future where businesses are investors in the quality of life for all citizens?
3. Are you ready to join a community that demonstrates how business can be a force for good?

If you said “Yes” to all three questions and your business is privately held in the Greater Philadelphia region, then you are ready to join SBN and our collective vision to build a just, green, and thriving local economy. Click here to join.

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