Furthering the Cause

Paul Miesing
Paul Miesing, professor of Business
UAlbany School of Business Professor Paul Miesing has opened a new center aimed at promoting and improving social enterprises.

CAUSE, or the Center for Advancement and Understanding of Social Enterprises, serves as a hub for entrepreneurs who are interested in using business to meet societal and environmental needs. Through the Center, Dr. Miesing has developed an advisory council of prominent local executives to mentor small social enterprise owners. He is also working with UAlbany students to develop start-up companies.

Outside of mentorship, CAUSE is advancing educational initiatives. Dr. Miesing has led the development of a UAlbany and Albany Law School joint degree program in social entrepreneurship. He’s also creating a study abroad course where UAlbany students will assist social enterprises in other countries.

CAUSE plans to advance its mission through a variety of workshops, forums and conferences. Earlier this year, he teamed up with the School of Social Welfare to co-host the University’s third “Forum on Social and Economic Development.” It specifically focused on developing Cuba, with a presentation by Lourdes DeUrrutia from the University of Havana.