ZenBusiness is a public benefit corporation, which means we didn’t form our company just to make a profit. We’re committed to operating responsibly and sustainably, while doing good work that benefits our communities.
Public benefit is in everything we do. It’s how we treat each other and our customers, and how we make the world a better place. While the official benefit we provide is “to promote entrepreneurship by providing accessible products and responsive support,” we don’t stop there. See the different ways we show our commitment to the public good.
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We are intentional that our partnerships have a mission and values that align with our own.
We support Inmates to Entrepreneurs which helps people judicially involved, start their own business and overcome systemic discrimination. Founded by Brian Hamilton, it is the longest-running program of its kind. They provide free programming & mentorship and to date, more than 100,000 individuals have utilized the program’s courses and 20-30% have started their own companies.
We’ve partnered with DivInc, a nonprofit whose mission is to bridge the gap between underrepresented entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies. They offer accelerator programs such as: Women in Tech, Clean Energy, Sports Tech, Social Justice Tech, and Web3. DivInc alumni companies have generated over $4.8 million in revenue, helped create over 422 jobs, and have raised over $14.7 million in investments.
Part of our mission is to support potential entrepreneurs through education. One program we support is Lemonade Day, which gives the next gen of entrepreneurs fun, hands-on experience starting their own business that they may not get anywhere else. Kids learn tons of skills by operating their own lemonade stand.
For almost 20 years, Latinitas has helped tens of thousands of girls find their voices through a STEM-based curriculum that is taught in after-school clubs, one-day conferences, summer camps, and certification programs in coding and journalism. We’re proud to support their annual entrepreneurial summit for girls and non-binary students as they learn business skills needed to launch their own sustainable startup or product.
We’ve partnered with the SCORE Foundation to support their online course on, “The Startup Roadmap: Setting Up Your Business”. The SCORE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential mentoring to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The Foundation funds SCORE education programs, resources and services that foster vibrant small business communities nationwide.
We partner with the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC), to support entrepreneurs through workshops and educational opportunities. GAACC is the leading partner for driving local economic growth for businesses with ties to Asia and Asian Americans.
We support volunteering within our communities
We are committed to making our community and our world a better place. One way we do this is by providing our full time employees with paid time off to volunteer within their communities either in person or virtually.
At ZenBusiness, we are passionate about giving back to our community and supporting causes that matter to our employees. That’s why we’re proud to be long-time sponsors of Kennel #177 and a Cat Condo at Austin Pets Alive. We believe in the important work that Austin Pets Alive does in saving the lives of animals in our city, and we are honored to be able to contribute to their mission. Many of our team members enjoy volunteering their time at APA, and we are committed to continuing our support for this incredible organization.
Ultimately, all of our actions as a public benefit corporation are an extension of the ZenBusiness mission to help any and all people fulfill their dreams of starting their own businesses and make the world a better place in the process.
Click here to learn more by reading our 2022 Public Benefit Report.