about sbn membership
frequently asked questions
Being an SBN member has provided Bennett Compost with opportunities and exposure that we did not have before joining. They have been a great resource for us as we strive to make wide scale composting a reality.
— Tim Bennett, Bennett Compost
In the short time that we have been SBN members many doors have opened for us, including a feature article in the March issue of GRID.
— Tyra Hodges, Tyrnel Style
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.
- Is your business privately held? (not publicly traded)
- Do the business owners, totaling greater than 50% of the business ownership, live within 50 miles of the place of business?
- Is your business located within the Greater Philadelphia region, with no corporate or national headquarters out-of-state?
- Can your business make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business, as well as all business purchasing, practices and distribution?
- 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?
For our members’ convenience, all of membership information can be managed through the dedicated member section of the website. You can also view a short video in which we walk you through the process of updating your directory listing step-by-step. Please click here to watch the video.
I just received my new member packet. Why is my company’s name not listed in this directory?
We print the Member Directory once every year in January. If you signed up before October 31st, your business will appear in the next directory.
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. Social Venture Institute is the region's premier conference for business owners and entrepreneurs to learn how to improve their social and environmental impact. Read more about Social Venture Institute here.
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.