fbpx

Who is Canopy?

We are growing Kentucky businesses to positively impact people, our planet, and our future

We are a start-up non-profit working to support and recognize for-profit businesses with a stated social or environmental mission. From our headquarters in Louisville’s Portland Neighborhood our small team is working with business owners and leaders throughout the state to create the Canopy Certified Program. Our program has two intentions: guide companies to greater impact and recognize them when they are doing it well.

Canopy believes that Kentucky businesses – in partnership with nonprofits and government – can make a positive impact on pressing issues by providing diversified funding, additional human resources, and innovative solutions.  Many nonprofits agree and want access to impact-driven businesses in order to create formalized operational and financial partnerships.

As we develop our program, we are dedicated to growing the awareness and culture around the good business movement through educational outreach and live events.

Our Founder

Scott Koloms

Canopy’s Founder, Scott Koloms, has passionately advocated for a socially conscious and impact-driven business movement in Kentucky for the last two years.  He dreams of Kentucky having the strongest, most effective group of for-profit social enterprises in the country.  Over the last few years, Koloms played a pivotal role in the passage of the Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) legislation in Kentucky.  As President and owner of Facilities Management Services (FMS), PBC, Koloms also led FMS to become the first public benefit corporation in Kentucky and the first janitorial services company in the world to become a certified B Corp.

Our Timeline

2001

Scott Koloms inherits Facilities Management Services (FMS)

2016

FMS earns B Corp Certification 1st and only Janitorial B Corp in the World

2017

New PBC legislation signed (HB 35) Kentucky corporations will be able to organize as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC).

2017

Founding of Canopy Certified, Inc

2017

HB35 goes into effect

2018

First Canopy General Meeting

2018

FMS Awarded B Corp “Best in World Honoree”

2018

Ribbon cutting at Canopy Headquarters

2018

Start Some Good Campaign Crowdfunded $50K!

2019

Hired first full-time staff

2019

Board is formed

2019

Progress Building Canopy Certified Program

Staff

Lauren Cline

Coordinator

Alex Page

Engagement and Research Assistant

Ben Smock

Director of Development

Ben Sollee

Director of Engagement

Elshadai Smith-Mensah

Engagement and Research Assistant

Our Board

President:  Tom Williams – Stoll Keenon Ogden

Treasurer:  Larry Horn – Roth River

Secretary:  Delene Taylor – DMLO CPAs

At large Members:

Brad Flowers – Bullhorn Creative

Raechele Gray – Endeavor

Christy Jarboe – Louisville Forward

Scott Koloms – Canopy

Jill Wilcox – J.P. Morgan Chase