Start a Chapter

 How and Why To Start A Chapter

Start a chapter and bring together social enterprise practitioners, host awareness raising events and campaigns, mobilize state and local public policy initiatives, and educate those interested in social enterprise.  SEA chapters are integral to the development of their local social enterprise ecosystem. Chapters are governed by local boards who spearhead efforts within guidelines established by the national SEA office.

Local leaders in social enterprise typically start a chapter by bringing together existing SEA members and inviting others to join. A provisional chapter can be established in any distinct geographical market with at least 10 SEA members, and a full chapter charter may be granted once there are 15 members. More details about starting a chapter can be found in SEA’s Chapter start up checklist or by emailing


Chapter Start Up Checklist