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L3C: Companies with a Nonprofit Soul

The L3C is a new organizational structure for businesses with a non-profit mindset. A panel of experts will explore the pros and cons of registering as an L3C for mission-focused companies. How could the L3C structure help social entrepreneurs in Tucson? The panelists are:

  • Sy Rotter, President, Washington Liaison Office LLC
  • Priscilla Mendenhall, Dishes & Stories, 501C3
  • Lisa Bunker, Social Media Librarian for the Pima County Public Library
  • Rob Stenson. Goodmans Interior Structures

Sy Rotter photo Sy RottersmSy Rotter has been primarily involved in business development activities during the past 35 years as President of the Washington Liaison Office, LLC, but he has also included in his varied life experiences, time in the U.S. A.I.D. program; Foundation work as Ex Director of the Pan American Development Foundation, and founder and President of the Foundation for Moral Courage; documentary film producer; and currently consultant on cholera control projects in Africa, and to the College of Engineering at the U of A in the formulation of an L3C as a component of a Southwest Regional Water Cluster, and serves as member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Borderlands Restoration, which is an L3C based in Patagonia, AZ.

Priscilla Mendenhall photo Lisa BunkersmCo-Founder, Dishes & Stories Priscilla Mendenhall is co-founder of Dishes & Stories, an emerging, women-led culinary social enterprise. She is a non-profit professional, diversity/anti-racism consultant and sometimes retail manager turned social entrepreneur. Much of Priscilla’s career has been spent working in coalition with refugees and immigrants to improve access to health care. Her expertise is in developing collaborative educational programs as well as bringing communities and individuals together through food. Recently, Priscilla has consulted with Disruptive Innovations for Social Change, one of Michigan’s first L3Cs, as they undertook national scaling of employer consortia that address job retention and workforce development in the low-wage sector. Priscilla’s goal is equity – social, economic and cultural but her means are business. She is committed to co-creating Dishes & Stories as a cooperatively managed and owned Tucson dining destination and training center modeling equitable employment practices in the food service industry.

Lisa Bunker Prill and Prickly Pearsmis the Social Media Librarian for the Pima County Public Library, and the originator of their Catalyst Café programs on tech and new ideas for businesses and nonprofits. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2012 for her pioneering work in social media and enormously successful Harry Potter parties. Her current project is the creation of a job help and entrepreneurship center at Main Library.


Rob Stenson Robheadshotis the General Manager at Goodmans Interior Structures, a family owned Herman Miller dealership with numerous awards including multi-year recognition as Arizona’s Best Places to Work, Tucson Copper Cactus Best Places to Work and Community Engagement.  Armed with a vision that Goodmans will change our community, Rob is on the board of Greater Tucson Leadership, MicroBusiness Advancement Center and has served for the past 4 years as the Mayoral Appointee to the City’s Economic and Workforce Development Selection Committee.  Previously, he was an Adjunct Business Professor focusing on Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Business Ethics.  He received his Masters of Business degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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