Start a Chapter

How and Why To Start A Chapter

SEA chapters play an important role in developing the local social enterprise ecosystem. Chapters energize their social impact community and further the mission of social enterprise by creating a network of support and collaboration across various models of social enterprise. By starting a chapter you will identify 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!


Local leaders in social enterprise start a chapter by identifying social impact agents in their area and invite them to join together with existing SEA members. A chapter can be established in any distinct geographical market with at least 10 SEA members. Chapters are led by local volunteer boards who spearhead efforts within guidelines established by the national SEA office, all culminating in forming a network of support in your community for the advancement of social enterprise!


More details about starting a chapter can be found in SEA’s Chapter start up checklist
or by emailing


Chapter Start Up Checklist