MONDAY MAY 14
1:00 pm – 6:30 pm Conference Registration at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
TUESDAY MAY 15
7:30 am – 6:30 pm Conference Registration at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
8:30 am – 12:30 pm BALLE Network Leaders Exchange (breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Building a Closed Loop Recycling Program
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Sustainable Manufacturing in the ‘Furniture Capital of the World’
WEDNESDAY MAY 16
BALLE STAFF 7:30 am – 6:30 pm Conference Registration at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
• Michelle Long, Executive Director 8:30 am – 5:15 pm Workshop: Accelerating Community Capital (breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am)
• Christine Ageton, Managing Director 8:30 am – 5:15 pm Workshop: How to Build a BALLE Network (breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am)
• Stephanie Ashton, Administrative Coordinator and 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Farm to Fork - Michigan’s Sustainable Agriculture
Executive Assistant 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception (with hors d’oeuvres and beverages)
WELCOME TO THE 10TH ANNUAL • Alissa Barron, Managing Director 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Opening Night Presentation
BALLE BUSINESS CONFERENCE • Andrew Connor, Program Manager 10:00 pm – 12:00 am After Hours
• Jessica Renner, Communications Manager
Real Prosperity Starts Here! • Martin Sorge, Program Coordinator THURSDAY MAY 17
• Alie Walker, Program Coordinator 7:00 am Good Morning Grand Rapids! Group Runs/Walks
Across North America — from Arizona to Nova Scotia — 7:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
entrepreneurs, investors and local network leaders are BOARD OF DIRECTORS 7:30 am – 6:30 pm Conference Registration at Fountain Street Church
• Sandy Wiggins, Chair; Founder and Principal, Consilience
reconnecting farmers with eaters, community capital with 8:00 am – 8:30 am Better Than Coffee: Inspiring Short Films Exploring the New Economy
LLC; Chairman, e3bank
local businesses, manufacturers with regional supply chains, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Living Economies Expo
• Matt Bauer, Vice Chair; Cofounder, BetterWorld Telecom
and businesses with the communities and eco-systems they • Paul Saginaw, Treasurer; Cofounder, Zingerman’s Community
8:30 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
serve. We are rethinking our hometown economies from the of Businesses
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Lunchtime Film: We Are Not Ghosts
• Don Shaffer, Development Committee Chair; CEO, RSF
bottom up. 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Interactive Sessions
• Ellen Shepard, Secretary and Governance Committee Chair; 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break (beverage service available)
Our belief that local ownership, cooperation and place matter Executive Director, Andersonville Chamber of Commerce/ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm Collaborative Sessions
brings us together for this conference every year. It’s here Andersonville Development Corporation 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Shuttle Service Available to Evening Party
where we learn what’s working, and where we recharge to do • Baye Adofo-Wilson, Founder, Lincoln Park Coast 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ‘Dinner on the Lawn’ Evening Party
Cultural District 7:30 pm – 12:00 am Shuttle Service Available from Evening Party
our work all year. Plus, as we like to say about BALLE: It’s just
• Merrian Goggio-Borgeson, Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley 10:00 pm – 12:00 am After Hours
a better party! From the local food to the tours to the dance
parties and the amazing Midwestern experience you’re going • David Korten, Author; Founder, Positive Futures Network; FRIDAY MAY 18
to enjoy, we promise you all the makings for a very good time. Cofounder and Board Chair of YES! Magazine 7:00 am Good Morning Grand Rapids! Group Runs/Walks
• Derrell Ness, CEO, Ready Distribution 7:00 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
• Jamila Payne, Director, African Leadership Academy’s 7:30 am – 12:00 pm Conference Registration at Fountain Street Church
So, engage deeply over the next three days. Turn off your
Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership; President, Milla by Mail; 8:00 am – 8:30 am Better Than Coffee: Inspiring Short Films Exploring the New Economy
cell phones and soak in the wisdom and experience that is
Founder, National Association of Sustainable Fashion Designers
8:30 am – 5:30 pm Living Economies Expo
present in the room. Make friends! The one thing we know for • Judy Wicks, Cofounder, BALLE; Founder, White Dog Café;
8:30 am – 11:30 am Vision Sessions
sure is that we are much more together than we are apart. Founder, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Lunchtime Film: GrowthBusters
CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE
The BALLE Team 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Interactive Sessions
Baye Adofo-Wilson, Guy Bazzani, Merrian Goggio-Borgeson,
Elissa Hillary, Paul Saginaw, Judy Wicks and the BALLE staff team 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Break (beverage service available)
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm Interactive Sessions
VERY SPECIAL THANKS 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm Happy Hour and Closing Reception
... to our partners in crime at Local First, for bringing so 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dine Around
TWEETING, BLOGGING? 10:00 pm – 12:00 am After Hours
much creativity and hard work to this year’s conference. Your
If you are posting to social media during
dedication, experience and insight have been essential to
the conference or want to follow us online,
making this bird fly. Many thanks to you and your community SATURDAY MAY 19
visit our social media page for quick links: for working with BALLE to make this conference amazing. 8:00 am – 10:30 pm Local Living Economy Tour: The Phoenix Thriving - Building Local Business Ecosystems in Detroit
PRE-CONFERENCE MAIN CONFERENCE
TUESDAY MAY 15 - WEDNESDAY MAY 16 WEDNESDAY MAY 16
TUESDAY MAY 15 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Opening Reception – Ballroom A, DeVos Place
Enter via the skywalk from the 2nd Floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Check In - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Delight in a riverfront reception featuring creative local hors d’oeuvres, brew and wine. Local musicians, buskers,
8:30 am - 12:30 pm BALLE Network Leader Exchange - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel street performers and performance artists will be sure to make this a ‘magical’ affair.
Breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Opening Night Presentation – Ballroom A, DeVos Place
The annual North American gathering for staff and board members of existing BALLE networks! This peer • Passing of the Prayer Bundle: Judy Wicks, cofounder, BALLE; Derek Long, Sustainable Connections;
gathering is designed by network leaders for network leaders, and is an opportunity to share ideas, recharge and Elissa Hillary, Local First
plan for the year ahead. • Local Welcome
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Building a Closed Loop Recycling Program – Pick up at Motor Coach Drop Off on • Welcome from Don Shaffer, RSF Social Finance
Lyon St. behind the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Real Prosperity Starts Here: Michelle Long, executive director, BALLE
Tour businesses and facilities that have contributed to and benefited from an innovative public-sector/nonprofit • Stories of Change - Local Economy Visionaries Share Their Journeys
partnership – mygrcitypoints – which is a hugely successful, all-local, closed loop recycling incentive program • Laury Hammel , cofounder, BALLE; Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston; The Longfellow Clubs
available to city of Grand Rapids residents. The tour ends at Brewery Vivant, to taste some of their beer and hear • Judy Wicks, cofounder, BALLE; Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia; White Dog Cafe
how they played an integral role in making mygrcitypoints a success. • Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Sustainable Manufacturing in the ‘Furniture Capital of the World’ – Pick up at • Grace Lee Boggs, James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Motor Coach Drop Off on Lyon St. behind the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel 10:00 pm - 12:00 am After Hours - Reserve Wine Bar
Being the ‘Furniture Capital of the World’ gave West Michigan its strong economic start over a century ago, and
still provides a strong foundation from which the local economy has grown and evolved. Tour Holland, just west
of Grand Rapids, and visit Herman Miller and Haworth, capping off the tour with a trip to Lake Michigan and the
New Holland Brewing Company.
WEDNESDAY MAY 16
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Check In - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
8:30 am - 5:15 pm Workshop: Accelerating Community Capital – The Pantlind Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel A NOTE ABOUT CONFERENCE
2 Breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am SESSION TYPES
Back by popular demand! This hands-on workshop uses place as the lens to understand how to meet regional
needs with regional resources, and identify the kinds of capital needed to get there. The day will feature DON’T SCRAP THAT NAPKIN!
Every year we aspire to push the boundaries of BALLE
promising pilot projects and innovators developing models that connect local businesses with local lenders,
conference programming in terms of quality and It could be your ticket to a
investors and donors. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Cohosted by RSF Social Finance and Slow Money.
8:30 am - 5:15 pm Workshop: How to Build a BALLE Network – The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
innovation. Here is what you can expect from the 2012 free registration to the 2013
BALLE conference session types:
Breakfast and sign-in from 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Attendees learn how local, independent business networks throughout North America are transforming their
economies into community-centered, green, and fair places to live and work through a focus on green jobs, VISION SESSIONS
sustainable industries, investing locally, and buying local first. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, a 100+ This is our place for bringing everyone together to
page workshop binder, and a DVD of sample materials and program ideas. hear about the big ideas, innovative solutions to our Once again the BALLE Conference is holding the
11:30 am - 4:00 pm Local Living Economy Tour: Farm to Fork - Michigan’s Sustainable Agriculture – Pick up at Motor Coach Drop collective challenges, and inspiring trends that are Back-of-the-Napkin Business Plan Competition,
Off on Lyon St. behind the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel shaping the movement. sponsored by Organic Valley.
Learn the ins and outs of the local food system from farmers and those in the restaurant industry and enjoy lunch
provided at one of Grand Rapids’ most true “farm to fork” establishments, Grove. Visit Lubbers Family Farm, and
INTERACTIVE SESSIONS Here’s how it works:
hear their family’s unique story on how they started farming sustainably, and where they see the West Michigan
While some of these sessions focus on conceptual Pair up with a team of 3 to 4. Write out your business
food system headed. End the tour enjoying a beer from one of West Michigan’s favorites – Founders Brewing
work, most delve deeply into the nuts-and-bolts, plan on the back of a napkin. Extra points for creative
successes and challenges, of established work that can visuals (we have to read a lot of napkins, after all).
5:15 pm End of Pre-Conference
serve as models for other communities. These sessions The goal is a business idea that could really happen:
involve short presentations and are 30 minutes several past winners have actually launched their
longer this year to allow significant time for Q&A and ventures!
dialogue about the potential for replication.
If it hadn’t been for the Accelerating Community Capital workshop last All entries are due at the BALLE registration desk at
COLLABORATIVE SESSIONS the Fountain Street Church by 11:30 am on Friday.
year, I wouldn’t have developed the connections I needed to ‘accelerate’ New this year! These sessions will be generative Winners announced at our Friday party!
the development of our community capital investments. BALLE can take among the participants, with a facilitator assisting the
work. Some are hands-on training workshops; others
credit for making this happen! - JEFF ROSEN, Solidago Foundation are peer-facilitated work sessions.
Real Prosperity Starts Here
THURSDAY MAY 17
7:00 am Good Morning Grand Rapids! - Leaving from the lobby of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
looking to align
Stretch, warm up and hit the roads/paths for a run or walk led by Local First member, Gazelle Sports for anyone
interested in starting the day active. Routes and paces available for all different distances and levels!
7:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast - Fountain Street Church
7:30 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration Check In - Fountain Street Church
8:00 am - 8:30 am Better Than Coffee: Inspiring Short Films Exploring the New Economy - Fountain Street Church
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Living Economies Expo - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)
Vendor and exhibit tables, book signings and special events
8:30 am - 11:30 am VISION SESSIONS - Ownership Matters - Fountain Street Church
Back-of-the-Napkin Business Plan Competition Sponsored by Organic Valley
• Introduction: Alissa Barron, BALLE
• Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley
The Emerging Ownership Revolution
• Introduction: David Korten, YES! Magazine
with your values?
• Marjorie Kelly, Tellus Institute; Cutting Edge Capital; author of Owning Our Future: The Emerging
• Introduction: Shawn Escoffery, Surdna Foundation
• Rha Goddess, Move The Crowd
We Own It! Cooperatives, Communities and Worker Empowerment
• Medrick Addison, Evergreen Cooperatives
Building Entrepreneurs to Rebuild Communities
• Alfa Demmellash, Rising Tide Capital
Conscious Consumerism and the Cultivation of Ownership
• Maggie Anderson, The Empowerment Experiment; author of Our Black Year
Maggie and other presenters will do book signings at the Living Economies Expo during lunch. 5
At RSF, our financial transactions are direct, transparent, and personal, based 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, GRCC
• Visit the Expo for vendor and exhibit tables, book signings and special events
on long-term relationships. Out of reverence for the planet, our communities, 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Lunchtime Film: We Are Not Ghosts - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, GRCC (inside the
and our future we have built a strong community of investors, donors, and conference lunch area)
Fifty years ago, two million hardworking people were living the American dream in Detroit. Then the auto
social entrepreneurs working to create a new economy, one that values more
industry and Detroit fell on hard times. But some have a vision for a new Detroit as a human-scaled, post-
than financial profits. industrial city, and they are starting to make it real. Join Grace Lee Boggs and others in the film for screening and
discussion, followed by book signing with Grace.
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm INTERACTIVE SESSIONS 1
Invest in the RSF Social Investment Fund or open a Donor Advised Fund today Joining Forces: Model Partnerships between Governments and Local Business Networks - Mika Music Library,
St. Cecilia Music Society
Learn More Across the U.S. networks of local businesses are finding creative and innovative ways to partner with their local
governments to achieve their collective goals. Whether working together on green energy campaigns, recycling
www.rsfsocialfinance.org programs, local farming initiatives, or passing local business-friendly policies and incentives, networks and
governments are collaborating in newer and deeper ways than ever before. Come learn how several leading
(888) rsf.3737 networks are doing high level work with their local government partners and laying the foundations for future
• Karen Black, May 8 Consulting; Elissa Hillary, Local First; Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Sustainable Business
Network of Greater Philadelphia; Derek Long, Sustainable Connections; Greg Sundstrom, City of Grand Rapids;
Stephanie Greenwood, City of Newark (moderator)
ZingTraining on Servant Leadership - Room 234, Student Center, GRCC
A new economy requires new types of leadership, and what better purveyor of new leadership thinking than
Ari Weinzweig, one of the cofounders of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which has spent the past
three decades reinventing business from the inside out. This much acclaimed ZingTraining will teach leaders
how to invert traditional leadership paradigms to place their skills and talents in service of their organizations,
businesses, employees, customers and the world.
• Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
investing, lending, and giving i inspired by the work of rudolf steiner
FOOD & AGRICULTURE EDUCATION & THE ARTS ECOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP
THURSDAY MAY 17
Growing the Money Tree: Empowering Accredited and Unaccredited Investors to Bankroll Local Businesses - The New Economy and the 99% - Room 234, Student Center, GRCC
Room 420, Cook Academic Hall, GRCC Awareness about wealth inequality and economic justice have exploded into the mainstream during the past year,
The case is closed! Wall Street is not serving either Main Street businesses or small investors who want to keep and in order for the local economy movement to continue to flourish it needs to answer the concerns raised by the
their money local. Fortunately, however, pioneers across the continent are developing numerous methods to popular movements that have brought these issues to the fore. Participate in this facilitated dialogue about how
navigate the adverse legal climate and empower local investors to put their community capital in service of local the BALLE community can deepen the connection between economic transformation and the pursuit of justice.
businesses. From legal-style investment clubs to relationship models, these techniques are tapping into local • Chuck Collins, The Institute for Policy Studies; Ben Cohen, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream (facilitators)
capital and creating new opportunities for accredited and unaccredited investors alike. Leader as Host: Cultivating New Forms of Leadership - Room 420, Cook Academic Hall, GRCC
• Carol Peppe Hewitt, Slow Money North Carolina; Eleanor Kinney, No Small Potatoes (Slow Money Maine); Today’s problems are complex and interconnected. There are no simple answers, and no single individual can
Michelle Sandoval, Local Investment Opportunity Network; Grant Abert, Kailo Fund (moderator) possibly know what to do. It’s time to stop expecting heroics from ourselves and to face the truth of our situation
Food Hubs and Food Justice: Pioneering Food Aggregation and Distribution Models - Room 348, Calkins - that we’re all in this together. In this workshop, we’ll explore the leader as host: How does each of us use our
Science Center, GRCC role as leader to engage the intelligence and capacities of everyone in our organizations and communities?
The local food movement is enjoying astronomical success, both from increased demand from consumers and • Deborah Frieze, author of Walk Out Walk On; Tuesday Ryan-Hart, Confluence Unlimited and Art of
increased production from local farmers. Unfortunately, connecting that supply and demand is not always easy. Hosting (facilitators)
In response to this challenge, the food hub strategy has evolved to address the challenges associated with Shift Your Shopping Campaign 2012: Moving the Economy to Main Streets Everywhere - Room 348, Calkins
aggregating and distributing local food in order to improve access for consumers and to allow smaller local Science Center, GRCC
growers to participate in the hyper-competitive food marketplace. See how several different successful food hub This past holiday season over 150 local business networks including many BALLE and AMIBA members joined
projects have benefitted farmers and the communities they serve. forces to create a shared-resource holiday campaign to promote the support of local business. The resulting Shift
• John Fisk, Wallace Center at Winrock International; Tatiana Garcia-Granados, Common Market Philadelphia; Your Shopping campaign was a significant success that laid a solid foundation for future collaborative holiday
Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed.org; Hill Grimmett, Be Local Northern Colorado (moderator) campaigns and greater collaboration among our networks. Led by two members of the 2011 campaign steering
Prosperity for All: Bringing Sustainable Business Development to Underserved Communities - Presidents committee, join in to collectively set the vision and chart the future of this promising campaign.
Room, St. Cecilia Music Society • Joe Grafton, Somerville Local First; Laury Hammel, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (facilitators)
There is no such thing as real prosperity without equality and justice. Inclusive economic advancement is Proof Points: Data Collection and the Advancement of Local Living Economies - Room 168, Wisner-Bottrall
essential and these leading visionaries are making sure that everyone’s needs are accounted for as we build the Applied Technology Center, GRCC
new economy. Whether it is providing access to capital and business education in underserved communities, As a part of its ongoing mission to elevate the impact of the local economy movement, BALLE is embarking
supporting new entrepreneurs with green jobs training, or bringing together the government, nonprofit and on a program to create a comprehensive data set to measure and quantify the impact of supporting and
6 private sectors to create an empowered workforce, these new economy leaders are truly creating prosperity for all. expanding local economic activity. Participate in this collaborative session to learn the latest status of this 7
• Ashley Atkinson, The Greening of Detroit; Alfa Demmellash, Rising Tide Capital; Randy Osmun, The SOURCE; ambitious project and to assist in the formation and refinement of the metrics that will measure and advance
Amy Kedron, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy (moderator and speaker) the local economy movement.
Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt: The Latest Proof That Thinking Local First Matters - Room 168, Wisner-Bottrall • Christine Ageton, BALLE; Radha Singla, United Nations (facilitators)
Applied Technology Center, GRCC 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Shuttle - A complimentary shuttle will circulate between Fountain Street Church, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel,
For years evidence of the positive impacts of buying local, supporting local business growth, and pursuing local- Aquinas College and the fantastic East Hills Neighborhood, one of Grand Rapids most vibrant local shopping districts.
friendly economic development policies, has been stacking up. Come learn how several pivotal local economic 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner on the Lawn - Mangiamo!
studies concretely demonstrated the centrality of local business to the health of a community’s economy. This Enjoy an enchanted dinner on the lawn of a beloved historical mansion – now local restaurant – just outside of
session will delve deeply into how these studies were done, how the results were used to create change, and how downtown in the East Hills Neighborhood. Local music by The Fauxgrass Quartet and lawn games will make it an
you can use the results and do similar research and marketing in your community. evening to remember.
• Matt Cunningham, Civic Economics; Bridget Lane, Business Districts Inc.; Colleen O’Toole, Andersonville 7:30 pm - 12:00 am Shuttle - A complimentary shuttle will circulate between the East Hills Neighborhood, the Amway Grand Plaza
Development Corporation; Radha Singla, United Nations (moderator) Hotel and Aquinas College.
Real Prosperity: Transformative Visions for Building a New Economy - Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids 10:00 pm - 12:00 am After Hours - Brewery Vivant near Mangiamo!
This will be an unparalleled opportunity for session attendees to engage in a conversation with several of the
world’s leading New Economy thinkers about BALLE’s economic vision and how to navigate the transition to its
realization. The discussion will explore big picture challenges relating to ownership, finance, the purpose of the
firm, movement building, and the language of transformation, and will reflect on opportunities to address these
challenges as we work collectively to create real prosperity for all people.
• Gar Alperovitz, The Democracy Collaborative; John Fullerton, Capital Institute; Marjorie Kelly, Tellus Institute
As the old greed-based economic model collapses
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
and Cutting Edge Capital; David Korten, YES! Magazine (moderator)
Break - Beverage service available at session locations from above, BALLE’s remarkably creative members
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm COLLABORATIVE SESSIONS
Building Policy and Political Power for a Sustainable Economy - Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library are reinventing business from the ground up.
Wandering into the labyrinth of policy advocacy and engagement can be a daunting task, but this training
workshop will give attendees a crash course in how to build political power and effectively communicate with - NAOMI KLEIN, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
elected officials and government agencies, and advocate for their agendas. How can you engage the media?
When do you call or visit? When do you start a campaign, and how? Answers to all these questions and more!
• David Levine, American Sustainable Business Council (facilitator)
Real Prosperity Starts Here LivingEconomies.org
FRIDAY MAY 18
7:00 am Good Morning Grand Rapids! - Leaving from the lobby of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel It Takes a Village: Community Supported Enterprise - Room 348, Calkins Science Center, GRCC
Stretch, warm up and hit the roads/paths for a run or walk led by Local First member, Gazelle Sports for anyone Given the explosive success of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs around the world, a new
interested in starting the day active. Routes and paces available for all different distances and levels! generation of entrepreneurs is pioneering the Community Supported Enterprise (CSE) model for business
7:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast - Fountain Street Church ventures in all sectors. With the CSE model, local people can deepen their relationship with the businesses that
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Conference Registration Check In - Fountain Street Church serve them, and help ensure their success in the process. This session is an in-depth look at the how’s and why’s
8:00 am - 8:30 am Better Than Coffee: Inspiring Short Films Exploring the New Economy - Fountain Street Church of using local financial resources to create local investment, equity, and ownership opportunities and economic vitality.
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Living Economies Expo - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) • Dania Flores, Co-op Power; Melinda Little, The Community Store in Saranac Lake; Linda Ramsdell, Claire’s
Vendor and exhibit tables, book signings and special events Restaurant and Bar; LaTarndra Strong, The Celerity Group (moderator)
8:30 am - 11:30 am VISION SESSIONS - Collaborate and Flourish - Fountain Street Church Localize This!: Bringing Global Supply Chains Back Home - Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
Pioneering Entrepreneurs: Engines for the Emerging Sustainable Economy There are numerous reasons for businesses to pursue localization of their supply chains: cost benefits, reduction
• Introduction: Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab of environmental impact, quality of business relationships, improved impact on the local community, and more.
• Fred Keller, Cascade Engineering Come hear how several trailblazing businesses have taken supply chain localization to new heights in food,
We are Relationship: The Transition to a Collaboration Society fashion, and manufacturing, and learn how localizing supply chains can work for you and your community.
• Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics • Oron Benary, Brothers Drake Meadery; Kari Bliss, PADNOS; Janet Lees, SFMade; Sarah Van Aken, S.V.A.
Interconnected Capital Holdings Corporation; Rick Chapla, The Right Place (moderator)
• Joel Solomon, Renewal2 Investment Fund and Renewal Partners Community Revitalization through Local Entrepreneurship - Mika Music Library, St. Cecilia Music Society
From Rust to Gold: The Elevating Alchemy of the Network Economy In urban and rural communities everywhere, entrepreneurs are proving that locally owned and operated
• Amy Kedron, Baldy Center for Law & Public Policy, University at Buffalo sustainable businesses are the key to improving the economic fortunes of regions that are fighting for economic
Food Justice, Food Security and Collaborative Community Empowerment recovery. These exquisitely creative and successful local entrepreneurs are having a big impact, breathing new life
• Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network into their small towns, rural areas and big cities. These models will teach you how to leverage the power of local
Charles Eisenstein and other presenters will do book signings at the Living Economies Expo during lunch. business to ignite a renaissance in your community.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Lunch - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, GRCC • Karen Kimbrel, Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folk Life Play; Cameron Ratliff, Saxapahaw General Store & The Eddy
• Visit the Expo for vendor and exhibit tables, book signings and special events Pub; Kaija Woullet, Ponyride; Kimberlee Williams, FEMWORKS, LLC (moderator)
12:00 pm - 12:55 pm Lunchtime Film: GrowthBusters - Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, GRCC (inside the conference lunch area) Sacred Economics and the Gift Economy - Presidents Room, St. Cecilia Music Society
GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth is a wake-up call for those who think business-as-usual is working just fine. Charles Eisenstein digs deep into the spiritual and community values that surround money and the thinking that
8 See a film that could be a useful organizing and public education tool for localization efforts. underpins our current economy. Weaving together research into the historical and present-day myths, traditions,
and interpretations of wealth and exchange, Eisenstein advocates for a spiritual component to our economic
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM INTERACTIVE SESSIONS 2
Building Real Prosperity: Proven Strategies for Local Living Economy Development - Room 168, Wisner-Bottrall transformation. Come and see the man that David Korten called “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.”
Applied Technology Center, GRCC • Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and The Ascent of Humanity
Economic development theories are nice, but they don’t amount to much without proven success stories to 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Break - Beverage service available at session locations
vouch for their credibility. This session will share several detailed stories about how the local living economy 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm INTERACTIVE SESSIONS 3
approach has been effectively implemented in a variety of communities, and has yielded tremendous results. Stirring the Pot: Transforming Local and State Economic Policy - Room 168, Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology
Come and kick the tires, look under the hood, and learn everything you need to know so that you can take the Center, GRCC
local living economies approach for a test drive in your community. There is a revolution afoot in the halls of state and local governments across the U.S. Policy advocates are
• Shane Barton, University of Kentucky Appalachian Center; Bruce Seifer, City of Burlington Vermont’s passing legislation to support local businesses and create a business climate that nurtures the development
Community and Economic Development Office; Michael Shuman, Cutting Edge Capital and BALLE Fellow of local economies that serve their communities. This session will focus on two specific legislative efforts – B
(moderator and speaker) Corporations and procurement policies that favor locally owned business – dissecting the models and showing
Doing Good Work, Making Work Good: How to Be an Effective Triple Bottom Line Employer - Room 420, Cook how they can be applied in your community. We will also explore other policy changes in progress at the local,
Academic Hall, GRCC state and national level, accelerating the shift toward local living economies.
Most people and businesses want to do good, but it isn’t always easy to give equal attention to people and • David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council; Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona; Heather Van
planet, when profit pays the bills. This is an opportunity to dig deep with several business leaders who are on the Dusen, B Lab; Mickki Langston, Mile High Business Alliance (moderator)
cutting edge of creating positive, healthy and meaningful work opportunities for employees. A company’s most ZingTraining on Business Visioning and Growing Deep - Room 234, Student Center, GRCC
valuable asset is its workforce, and caring for that asset is essential to maintaining a healthy triple bottom line. Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has defied the norm for the past several decades by choosing to
• Matt Bauer, Betterworld Telecom; Kenyatta Brame, Cascade Engineering; Vince Siciliano, New Resource Bank; grow deep instead of wide. Instead of franchising their model in a shallow expansion around the globe, they
Laury Hammel, The Longfellow Clubs (moderator) decided instead to develop an interconnected place-based network of mutually supportive, independently owned
The Nail on the Head: Choosing the Right Legal Business Structure to Support your Mission - Room 234, enterprises that make up the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Come dive in to the Zingerman’s approach to
Student Center, GRCC growing deep in a community, and the extraordinary visioning process that is taking Zingerman’s to the next level.
The realm of legal business structures is a jungle of options and opportunities for businesses attempting to • Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
find the right fit to best support their goals and mission. Between traditional approaches like LLC’s and more Show Me The Money: Finding Values-Aligned Investment Capital - Room 420, Cook Academic Hall, GRCC
innovative structures, such as B Corporations, co-ops, and L3C’s, this session will cover the practical nuts and Complaining about access to capital is so 2011! Come rap with our crackerjack squad of financial experts in this
bolts – and the bigger vision considerations – associated with choosing the best legal form for your business. extensive “curbside consulting” session that will leave no stone unturned as they walk you through the most
These high-power consultants will also cover techniques for transferring ownership, such as employee stock effective strategies and avenues for pursuing the values-aligned capital you need to start, expand or operate
ownership plans, and more! your venture. Don’t miss this invaluable access to leading lights in the community capital field.
• Lynn Benander, Co-op Power; Marjorie Kelly, Tellus Institute and Cutting Edge Capital; Jenny Kassan, Cutting • Leslie Ackerman, Alternatives Federal Credit Union; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital; Esther Park, RSF
Edge Capital (moderator) Social Finance; Vince Siciliano, New Resource Bank; Joel Solomon, Renewal Partners Company; Michael Shuman,
Cutting Edge Capital and BALLE Fellow (moderator)
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FRIDAY MAY 18 SATURDAY MAY 19
Not Your Parents’ Sharing: The Emergence of Collaborative Consumption Business Model - Room 348, Calkins 8:00 am - 10:30 pm Local Living Economy Tour: The Phoenix Thriving - Building Local Business Ecosystems in Detroit – Pick up at Motor
Science Center, GRCC Coach Drop Off on Lyon St. behind the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
The decline of consumerism is one of the great under-reported stories in recent memory, but the rise of Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a roundtrip bus ticket from Grand Rapids are included in the day.
collaborative consumption businesses and new economic models based on sharing, as an alternative to business- Join us for a day to explore some real stories of the ways in which Detroit’s local business community
as-usual, has been one of the hottest topics of the year. With incredible creativity, collaborative consumption participates in reimagining a new city, by building (and re-building) relationships with one another and with
businesses are revolutionizing our relationship with vehicles, tools, travel, clothing and just about everything else. community members. Tour highlights will include Brightmoor Community Gardens and D-Town Farms, the Green
Come see how these innovators are breaking new ground – and changing the ways we all do business – with Garage urban sustainability laboratory and business incubator, independent retail in the Cass Corridor, and
some of the most original economic thinking around. thriving Latino community businesses in Southwest Detroit. The day will end downtown at a strolling dinner and
• Adam Black, KeyWifi; Sharon Schneider, Good Karma Clothing; Milicent Johnson, Shareable Magazine (moderator) celebration with Detroit business and community leaders at the local-focused, nonprofit entrepreneur training
All Roads Lead to Local: How Microenterprise, Chambers and “Traditional” Economic Development restaurant COLORS-Detroit.
Organizations Can Build the New Economy - Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
Come hear from innovative chambers of commerce and other “old-school” economic development agencies
that are focusing on entrepreneurship, local ownership and environmental sustainability to build strong, resilient
communities. Also learn from the microenterprise community about their growing “network of networks”
for supporting small businesses and social enterprise. The power of microenterprise, market studies, historic
preservation, entrepreneurship training and more are revealed!
Change begins as local actions spring to life simultaneously…
• Connie Evans, Association for Enterprise Opportunity; Matt Raker, AdvantageWest; Ellen Shepard,
Andersonville Chamber of Commerce & Andersonville Development Corporation; Suzanne Keers, Local First
If these changes remain disconnected, nothing happens beyond
Chicago (moderator) their own locale. However, if connected, then… relatively small
Next Generation Loyalty Cards and New Thinking in Think Local First - Mika Music Library, St. Cecilia Music Society
An explosion of new Local First loyalty cards has swept the U.S. and Canada over the past few years, proving local efforts can become a global force for change, powerful
that there are numerous ways that this powerful tool can encourage local consumers to connect with their local
businesses. This session will look under the hood of a range of styles and models that have come out of this enough to create the world we all desire. - MEG WHEATLEY
fascinating resurgence. Come and question the experts on the successes and challenges of these loyalty card
models and explore how they could help your community to Think Local First.
10 • Terry Garrett, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative; Jamee Haley, Lowcountry Local First; Katrina Scotto 11
di Carlo, Supportland; Timothy Wolf Starr, Columbus Small Business Beanstalk; Nancy Quinn, Local First
Media Panel - National Trends in the New Economy - Presidents Room, St. Cecilia Music Society
It is easy to feel that the world economy is lurching from crisis to crisis, but there are lots of signs that the seeds
of the new economy are taking hold. What trends suggest that a more sustainable and just new economy could
emerge, and which innovations have the potential to get to scale? These accomplished authors, editors, and
publishers will offer their unique perspective on the shifts, currents, and upheavals that are emerging around the
ShareS LeadErship SecRets
world as the economy reinvents itself.
• Brian Back, Sustainable Industries; Neal Gorenflo, Shareable Magazine; Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine; Janda
in New BoOk!
Black Keenan, Team Soapbox (moderator) The second in the Guide to Good Leading book series by Zingerman’s co-founder Ari
5:30 pm - 7:45 pm Happy Hour and Closing Reception - Rosa Parks Circle Weinzweig, Part 2, A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better leader is all about
Close down the conference and unwind with local music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks in this gorgeous outdoor learning ways to lead that bring out the best in everyone in an organization.
amphitheater in the heart of Grand Rapids. Come groove to the music of Afro Zuma, a ten-piece horn and
percussion-driven, African funk Afro-beat band, and stay for the announcement of our Back-of-the-Napkin
Business Plan Competition winner!
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Dine Around - Various locations
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Grant Abert Shane Barton
Grant directs the Kailo Fund, an investment and philanthropic fund working to address social issues and opportunities Shane, program coordinator at the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center, is a regional planner by training and
through investments, philanthropy and entrepreneurial engagement. He cofounded the Donor Collaborative of uses his experience and expertise to support regional initiatives in Appalachian Kentucky. He holds a master’s degree in
Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Community Fund, and served as president of the Threshold Foundation. He is a cofounder urban and regional planning and has been working for the past three years supporting new alternative ways of thinking
and board member of Sustain Dane. His present focus, as cofounder of Slow Money Wisconsin, is on growing the and talking about local economic development in Eastern Kentucky, creating networks of locally owned businesses and
financial infrastructure for a resilient regional food system. establishing a B2B marketplace for Appalachian business owners.
Leslie Ackerman Matt Bauer
Leslie is director of Business CENTS (Community Enterprise Networking and Training Services), a community small Matt is president and cofounder of BetterWorld Telecom, the leading sustainable business-to-business voice and data
business resource center at Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca, New York. For nine years, Leslie has taught and carrier in the U.S. He has started or helped to grow a number of nonprofits over the past 15 years. He is co-author and
coached small business owners at all stages of development, collaborating with many of Alternatives’ other community editor of The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green and has written articles that have recently appeared in The Washington Post,
programs in the process. In 2008, she cofounded Local First Ithaca, which became a member of BALLE in 2009. Sustainable Industries and The Hill. Matt is on the national board of BALLE and the American Sustainable Business Council.
Medrick Addison Lynn Benander
Medrick, a life-long resident of the Glenville community in Cleveland, graduated high school and began a family in Lynn serves as the president of Co-op Power and Northeast Biodiesel, building community owned green businesses
1989. He knows the difficulty of providing for a family with inadequate employment. In 2009, Medrick was hired into in southern New England and eastern New York that focus on sustainability and justice. Previously, she directed the
the Evergreen Laundry as a supervisor. His passion for the Evergreen Initiative has propelled his growth within the Cooperative Development Institute where she and her colleagues supported the start-up, expansion or retention of
cooperative businesses. He is now the Evergreen Employee/Owner Representative, traveling nationally to promote the 40 group-based businesses a year primarily related to food and energy. She has been part of a think tank developing
initiative and the impact it has had on Cleveland. community ownership strategies that restore justice and increase sustainability.
Christine Ageton Oron Benary
As managing director, Christine’s focus areas at BALLE include strategy, monitoring and evaluation, and oversight of A native of Vienna, Austria, Oron is an entrepreneur at heart with an incredible passion for effective and efficient
BALLE’s Fellowship program. In her previous work, she designed and implemented programs in economic development sustainable commerce. Early in his career, Oron mainly focused on supply chain management and operations for various
(Clinton Foundation – Peru), drinking water protection (New Mexico Rural Water Association), and conservation large companies. Recently, he moved from San Francisco back to Columbus to design and implement a ‘new’ business
planning (IDB, World Bank –Belize, Honduras and Guatemala). She holds two masters’ degrees from the University of model (Ohio’s first meadery and bar) focusing on sustainable and local end-to-end business practices combining his
New Mexico, in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies. ‘Socialistic’ up-bringing with his ‘Capitalistic’ training.
Gar Alperovitz Adam Black
Gar, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is cofounder of The Democracy Adam has 25 years in creative project development, team building and production management. In addition to KeyWifi,
14 Collaborative, an organization devoted to developing community wealth-building approaches to local and national Adam also founded Save-Ningaloo.org, SustainabiliTV and Shared Squared NY. His background is in technology with 15
democratic reconstruction. He also serves as a founding board member of the New Economics Institute. The author of a degree in bio-tech from London University. KeyWifi is the world’s first web-based, peer-to-peer internet access
numerous books on local and national economic reconstruction — most recently, America Beyond Capitalism — he has platform, allowing individuals to safely rent out their Wifi, opening up previously unavailable hotspots and turning the
also directed legislative staffs in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. world into a potential “Wifi zone.”
Maggie Anderson Janda Black Keenan
Maggie and her family lived exclusively off black business and talent, and bought only black-made products for an A dynamic innovator, Janda has spent years practicing public relations and marketing communications at the local,
entire year. Their experiment resulted in a landmark study conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of national and international levels for issue-based projects and clients. Her expertise in delivering coveted national media
Business. Maggie represents The Empowerment Experiment at universities, conferences, community events, corporate placements, managing international media efforts and winning over influencers has earned her industry accolades. She
functions and in the media. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Our Black Year. Proceeds from the book has provided strategic counsel to organizations including: PATH, The Washington State Department of Health/Hanford,
benefit The Empowerment Experiment Foundation. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and humanitarian organizations such as CARE and Mercy Corps.
Ashley Atkinson Karen Black
Ashley has worked in the field of community gardening, urban greening and vacant land reuse for more than fourteen Karen is the CEO of May 8 Consulting Inc. that helps governments and nonprofits to form and implement innovative
years. In her current capacity at The Greening of Detroit, Ashley and her staff support a growing network of more solutions to seemingly intractable problems from reclaiming vacant land to providing more services with less funding.
than 1,350 family, community, school, and market gardens as well as operate multiple model urban farms and In addition, Karen teaches urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly, Karen was the founding director of
education programs. She also serves as the sustainable agriculture representative and secretary of the Detroit Food the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center. She is the author of reports and professional articles and a commentator
Policy Council. for television and radio programs.
Brian Back Kari Bliss
As one of the first business journalists in the U.S. to pioneer a beat in sustainability, Brian has been a leading expert Kari has served as founding member, treasurer, interim executive director and board member of Local First West
in topics such as clean energy, green building, environmental technology and other green business sectors. His work Michigan. As an account executive at PADNOS, she engages mid-western manufacturers to implement sustainable
has appeared in leading magazines, web sites, newspapers and trade journals. Brian serves as president and owner of recycling programs. Her initiatives connect the dots, localizing supply chains with strategies for product design through
Sustainable Industries, and he is a member of the Social Venture Network. end of life. Kari speaks and trains at regional sustainability conferences on customizing programs for a wide array of
businesses. Currently she serves on the TEDxgrandrapids executive leadership team.
As managing director, Alissa leads BALLE’s services that identify and spread best practices, directing content Grace Lee Boggs
and programming, sponsor and partner development and member relations. She designed and led training and Grace is an activist, writer and speaker whose 70 years of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social
peer mentoring programs for NOAA, the US Coral Reef Task Force and Dickinson College, assisting hundreds of movements of this century: labor, Civil Rights, black power, Asian American, women’s and environmental justice. She
organizations with program development, environmental conservation, communications and public education. She was worked with West Indian Marxist historian C.L.R. James. In 1953 she came to Detroit and married James Boggs, African-
global chair for an international conservation year involving 50 nations, and holds two degrees from Brown University. American labor activist, writer and strategist. Their book, Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century, was
published in 1974. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism in the 21st Century was released in 2011.
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Kenyatta Brame John Fisk
Cascade Engineering is a leading proponent of sustainable business practices and a widely recognized employer of John is the director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International, engaged in researching and developing food hub
choice. Kenyatta is responsible for directing Cascade’s cross-organizational services. Formerly, he served as senior vice models, fostering learning networks, acting as a re-granter for foundations and USDA, and developing market-based
president of operations and merchandising, employee relations and legal services at SYSCO Food Services of Grand strategies to supply healthy and affordable food to food deserts. John is a founding board member of Food Routes
Rapids. Earlier in his career, Kenyatta was an attorney and served as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law Network, which manages the national Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of
School where he taught on a variety of employment discrimination issues. Sustainable Agriculture.
David Brodwin Dania Flores
David leads media and communications for American Sustainable Business Council. His background combines executive Dania, born in Guatemala, is a green jobs outreach coordinator with Co-op Power. She is a forensic photographer by
positions in management consulting with leadership in advocacy and public policy. He was a partner at Accenture and trade, an interpreter and community organizer. She was involved in several student and social movements in Guatemala,
vice president of marketing at Radius. In nonprofit work, he was president of New Voice of Business and executive and for the past 10 years has worked on projects and campaigns in New England including a worker-owned women
director at Rockridge Institute, a policy think tank. David writes a weekly column on “Economic Intelligence” for U.S. interpreting co-op, English for Action, RI Jobs with Justice, and Direct Action for Rights and Equality.coop.
News and World Report.
Rick Chapla Deborah is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. As former co-president of The Berkana Institute, Deborah joined
The Right Place is a regional nonprofit economic development organization. Rick’s responsibilities include assisting Berkana in 2002 to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to
local units of government and private development interests with economic development policies and programs contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her
such as brownfields and renaissance zones. He coordinates efforts to grow renewable energy and food processing book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Through Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with
manufacturing supply chain business development opportunities. Rick is an immediate past president of the Land Margaret Wheatley.
Conservancy of West Michigan, and is past president of the Michigan Society of Planning Officials.
Ben Cohen John is the founder of Capital Institute, a collaborative space working to transform finance to serve a sustainable
Ben, with childhood friend Jerry Greenfield, started Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream in 1978 in an old gas station on an economic system. His syndicated “Future of Finance” blog and regular speaking engagements have established John as
investment of $8,000. Ben also founded Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities that worked to shift federal spending a thought leader in the New Economy. John is also a leading impact investor as the principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors,
from the Pentagon to investing in social needs. He is the recipient of the U.S. Small Businessperson of the Year Award, LLC. He is also a director of Grasslands LLC, New Economics Institute, and Savory Institute.org.
honorary doctorates, and the author of several books. Ben currently serves on the steering committee for the Movement
Resource Group, sourcing funding for the Occupy Movement. Tatiana Garcia-Granados
Tatiana is a social entrepreneur working to improve the vitality of rural and urban communities through food system
Chuck Collins connectivity and policy change. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business MBA
16 Chuck, author of the new book, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It, is Program, she uses her formal training for social good. Tatiana is cofounder and executive director of the Common 17
a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is Market, a local foods distribution center that connects 170 schools, hospitals, grocers and workplaces to sustainable
an expert on U.S. inequality and author of other books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic farms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel, and Wealth and Our Commonwealth, co-authored with Bill
Gates, Sr. Terry Garrett
Terry is primarily focused on organization development and strategic implementation to grow Sonoma County
Matt Cunningham GoLocal Cooperative. For the past 10 years he has been developing models based on the transformation of local media
Matt, based in Chicago, is the cofounder of Civic Economics. There he has conducted a series of analyses that look ecosystems and local economies. He’s a member-partner in Sustaining Technologies developing a news media and
at the economic impacts of shopping locally. These studies have tried to identify the amount of money and jobs that business web platform.
independent businesses keep in the local economy, along with creating better neighborhoods for people to live and shop.
Jay Coen Gilbert
Alfa Demmellash Jay cofounded B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and
Upon graduating from Harvard University, Alfa cofounded Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit that invests in the success of environmental problems, in 2006. Formerly, Jay cofounded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel
entrepreneurs in distressed urban areas to create economic well-being. Since 2007, Alfa has received multiple awards company based outside Philadelphia. Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, president of the board of the
and widespread media recognition, selected as a CNN Hero in 2009 and recognition at the White House by President Philadelphia chapter of KIPP Philadelphia Schools, and a board member of Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network.
Obama. Alfa holds honorary doctorates from St. Peter’s College and New Jersey City University.
Charles Eisenstein A world renowned performance artist, activist and social entrepreneur who uses her artistic and motivational talents to
Charles is the author of Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity, and numerous articles in print and online. He writes heal, transform and inspire, Goddess’ work has been featured in international compilations, forums and festivals. She has
and speaks worldwide on themes of transition, money and social evolution. He is on the faculty of Goddard College and received rave industry reviews from Time Magazine, Essence and The Source, among others. She is a creative organizer
is also teaching this year at Tai Sophia Institute, Esalen and Schumacher College. working on issues of racial justice and equality, electoral politics, offender aid and restoration, mental health and youth,
and young women’s empowerment.
Shawn is the director of the Strong Local Economies Program at the Surdna Foundation, which provides support for Neal Gorenflo
communities that seek to increase access to opportunity for all residents to build their wealth in a sustainable manner Neal is cofounder and publisher of Shareable Magazine and has shared his experiences in the sharing economy with the
by funding programs that create economic opportunities and connect people to economic opportunities. Previously Institute for the Future, Lowe’s Hardware, the City of San Francisco and Neighborgoods. He speaks regularly, featured in Fast
Shawn served as the deputy director of the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative focused on Company, Sunset Magazine, and the NBC Nightly News. His writing has been published in YES! Magazine, The Urbanist and
revitalizing the Central City neighborhood. the book Open Design Now and he is co-editor of Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis.
Connie Evans Joe Grafton
Connie is an international visionary leader, strategist, activist and social entrepreneur. She has pioneered several Joe is the founder and executive director of Somerville Local First, a leading network of locally owned independent
organizations including the award-winning Women’s Self-Employment Project (the first adaptation of the Grameen businesses creating sustainable local economies. He is also a steering committee member of the New England Local
Bank model to a U.S. urban setting). She served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; was appointed Business Forum, a board member of The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston and the chief operating
to the Department of Treasury CDFI Advisory Board by President Clinton; and as a delegate to the United Nations 54th officer for the Together Music Festival. Joe is a Huffington Post Blogger, social media expert, published journalist and
Session, Commission on the Status of Women by President Obama. advocate for local economies.
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Stephanie Greenwood Fred Keller
Stephanie works as the sustainability officer for the City of Newark, NJ in the Economic and Housing Development Fred is founder, chairman, president and CEO of Cascade Engineering, a Grand Rapid’s-based plastics manufacturing
Department. She has focused on foreclosure prevention, affordable housing development, neighborhood stabilization, firm that is driving local economic growth with an unparalleled commitment to the triple bottom line. Fred teaches a
environmental justice, promotion of local, sustainable economic development strategies, management of Department of course on “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation” at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and has
Energy stimulus grants, and sustainability-related planning, policy and program development for city government and served for seven years on the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, serving two years as chairman.
Hill Grimmett Marjorie is a fellow with the Tellus Institute, a 35-year-old nonprofit research and consulting organization in Boston. She
Hill is executive director of Be Local Northern Colorado and founder of the Northern Colorado Food Incubator. He is also director of ownership strategy with Cutting Edge Capital consulting firm. She is author of the new book, Owning
comes to this local economy work with years of experience in both the business and nonprofit worlds. He holds Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution. Marjorie advises private businesses on ownership and capital design
graduate degrees in both theology and business, and is committed to a vision of sustainable economy that is both for social mission. She also leads a variety of consulting and research projects for groups like the Ford Foundation and
ethically sound and thoroughly practical and effective. Rockefeller Foundation.
Jamee Haley Karen Kimbrel
As executive director Jamee has been instrumental in creating a solid foundation for Lowcountry Local First. She is Karen is a founding member of Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folk Life Play and served as executive director of the Colquitt/
responsible for developing the Directory of Local Independent Businesses, has produced five successful Buy Local Miller Arts Council for 11 years. During her tenure the Arts Council’s assets increased from $0 to $4.5M and created
annual campaigns, launched the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative, and created awareness throughout the community a cultural tourism industry that employs 30 people, has a budget of $ 1M and attracts an estimated 55,000 visitors
about the importance of supporting a local economy. each year to her small town. Karen’s consulting firm focuses on creative community and economic development using
culture, heritage, art and tourism.
Laury founded The Longfellow Clubs, a group of health and sports clubs, holistic health centers, children’s centers, and Eleanor Kinney
camps that serve 10,000 members. He is the founder and executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Eleanor is an investor and philanthropist living in Maine and focused on local, sustainable agriculture. She serves on the
Greater Boston and he founded the national business group, Business for Social Responsibility. Laury with Judy Wicks steering committees of Slow Money Maine and the Environmental Funders Network, on the board of Maine Farmland
cofounded BALLE and for the first six years he served as its co-chair. He is the author of the book, Growing Local Value. Trust and is a founder of No Small Potatoes, an investment club that provides micro-loans to farmers and food
producers. Her investments include an organic milk company, a grist mill and an organic vegetable processing facility.
Carol Peppe Hewitt
Carol is a business owner, social entrepreneur and life-long activist. She cofounded Slow Money NC guiding affordable David Korten
capital to small farmers and food businesses in North Carolina. Carol matches ordinary people who care about soil David is the author of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth; The Great Turning: From
fertility, local food, and local community with sustainable farmers and food entrepreneurs in their foodshed who have Empire to Earth Community; the international best seller, When Corporations Rule the World, and The Post-Corporate
18 viable needs for capital. Over 50 loans have helped start, sustain, or expand twenty-some sustainable farms and local World: Life After Capitalism. He cofounded and is board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! 19
food businesses in the last two years. Magazine, and is founder and president of the Living Economies Forum, cofounder and co-chair of the New Economy
Working Group, and a member of the Club of Rome.
Elissa is the executive director of Local First, working to build a sustainable West Michigan economy. Her energy and Leanne Krueger-Braneky
creativity have helped Local First quadruple its business membership and develop programs that promote sustainable Leanne is the executive director of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, a 500+ member business
business development, reduce waste and increase community vibrancy. In 2010, Elissa was named Grand Rapids Young Non- organization working to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. In 2011, SBN was
Profit Professionals Exemplary Executive and one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” business leaders. named the Economic Development Organization of the Year by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Leanne is a BALLE fellow, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2009 Pennsylvania fellow of
Milicent Johnson the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Milicent’s passion for empowering communities to find meaningful solutions and resilience led her to work on asset
building and economic development through education, policy, research, and community organizing with a focus Bridget Lane
on youth, low income communities and communities of color. At Shareable, Milicent’s main objective is to network As director at Business Districts Inc. Bridget specializes in commercial revitalization strategy, market analysis,
shareable urban designers, businesses, alternative economy and thought leaders with communities that are ripe for development financing review, and retail business development. Her experience as a retailing executive, as a professor
implementing sharing practices in order to strengthen the sharing movement. at Chicago’s DePaul University and managing Downtown Evanston serve as a practical foundation for her market
research and business development consultations. Recent clients included communities as diverse as Lake Forest,
Jenny Kassan Illinois; Mountain Brook, Alabama; Shorewood, Wisconsin; and Olympia Fields, Illinois.
Jenny is an attorney specializing in socially responsible ventures. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up
and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, business agreements and operations, and cooperatives. She recently Mickki Langston
cofounded Cutting Edge Capital with John Katovich and Michael Shuman that helps small businesses raise capital Recognizing the need to reclaim our power to create community wealth, Mickki cofounded the Mile High Business
without venture capitalists, angels or banks. Jenny cofounded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that Alliance in 2007. Currently serving as executive director, Mickki combines her passion for healthy communities with her
provides legal information to support sustainable economies. experience as a small business owner. Her work focuses on organizing local business owners in working together to
build a more locally focused and stable economy that doesn’t sacrifice people and the planet for the sake of profit.
Amy is the founder and former executive director of the Buffalo First Inc., a BALLE network. She is also a founding Kimber Lanning
board member of the progressive policy think tank, the Partnership for the Public Good. Amy has a law degree and is Kimber is an entrepreneur, arts advocate and community activist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities
currently finishing a Ph.D. dissertation on local independent businesses and community development. She has studied and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona. Kimber is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity,
at Columbia University and the University at Buffalo. economic self-reliance, regional planning and responsible growth. In 2003 Kimber founded Local First Arizona, and has
secured both a 501c6 and 501c3 for the organization. She is executive director of both organizations and oversees their
Suzanne Keers 1,800 business members statewide.
Suzanne is a cofounder and the executive director of Local First Chicago - a BALLE network promoting local living
economies in the Chicagoland area. She serves on the board of the Dill Pickle Food Coop and the advisory committee
of the Good Food Festival. She holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison, an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Janet Lees Matt Raker
Janet is the senior director at SFMade, an organization focused on building a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco. As director of AdvantageWest’s entrepreneurship efforts, Matt works closely with regional partners to ensure a thriving
Previously, she served as director of programs at San Francisco-based Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center where she entrepreneurial ecosystem in Western North Carolina. This work includes managing the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial
created the first local sector based program for apparel companies. Janet was a founding member of the San Francisco Council, the Certified Community Program and the Advantage Opportunity Fund. Building on his considerable work at
Economic Development Alliance and nominated in 2009 for the SBA’s Woman Business Advocate of the Year Award. the intersection of economy and environment, Matt also heads the AdvantageGreen program, an initiative to capitalize
on the region’s exceptional natural assets and opportunity to be a leader in sustainable industries.
David is the cofounder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, a growing coalition of business Linda Ramsdell
organizations and businesses committed to advancing a new vision, framework and policies that support a vibrant, just Linda began her business life in Hardwick, Vermont by opening The Galaxy Bookshop. With three partners, Linda
and sustainable economy. Today, the organizations that have joined in this partnership represent over 100,000 businesses opened Claire’s Restaurant & Bar, pioneering a community supported restaurant model. She is a past president of the
and social enterprises and more than 200,000 entrepreneurs, owners, executives, investors and business professionals. New England Independent Booksellers Association and was a board member of the American Booksellers Association.
She is a past board member of the Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, and has served as president of the
Melinda Little Preservation Trust of Vermont board since 2010.
A serial entrepreneur with a focus on socially responsible and innovative business models, Melinda recently led the
successful effort to establish The Community Store in Saranac Lake, the first community-owned department store in Cameron Ratliff
the Northeast. She is the cofounder of Independent Means Inc. (IMI), the leading provider of family-centered financial Cameron co-owns and runs Saxapahaw General Store on the Haw River in North Carolina’s piedmont; she and partner
education programs and products in the U.S. and currently directs IMI’s Camp $tart-Up program. Jeff Barney took over the convenience store in 2008 and developed it into a source for local foods and a central
business in a reborn mill village. They opened Saxapahaw’s Eddy Pub in 2010. They now collaborate with farmers,
Derek Long artists, teachers and business owners as they work to develop an inclusive community in their rural home.
Derek has a track record of entrepreneurism and program development in government, for-profit and nonprofit
sectors. He cofounded Sustainable Connections in 2002 and is the current executive director. He was the program Tuesday Ryan-Hart
and development director from 2002 to 2009 where he started and grew many key programs and initiatives as well Tuesday is a social worker who walked out of the fields of traditional service provision and academics and walked on
as holding the primary responsibility of funding the organization. Derek served as the first co-national coordinator of to become a new kind of community host/facilitator who partners with change-makers around the world. Beginning as
BALLE from 2002 to 2003. a psychotherapist, Tuesday transformed her passion for working in trauma and social justice into systems change work
across sectors. She has provided training, facilitation, and consultation on self-organizing and emergence to groups
Michelle Long working to make change at scale.
Michelle has experience starting and growing several organizations that support mission-driven small- and medium-
sized businesses. Michelle was cofounder and executive director of BALLE network Sustainable Connections. A regular Paul Saginaw
keynote speaker, she is the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide, and is the author of the new How to Build a BALLE With Ari Weinzweig, Paul opened Zingerman’s Delicatessen in March of 1982 in an historic building near the Ann Arbor
20 Network. Starting in 2001, Michelle was BALLE’s first director, transitioned to serve on the BALLE board, and later Farmers’ Market, with a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods, a host of traditional Jewish 21
returned as executive director in 2009. dishes, and a relatively short sandwich menu. Today Zingerman’s is an Ann Arbor institution.
Theresa Marquez Michelle Sandoval
After 17 years as chief marketing executive, helping grow CROPP Cooperative from $5 million in 1994 to $720 million in Michelle is a serial entrepreneur starting her first restaurant at 24, she went on to own two restaurants and a catering
2011, Theresa has recently changed her role and is now serving as the chief mission officer for Organic Valley. A pioneer company. She moved to Port Townsend, WA where she co-owns Windermere Real Estate and is in her third term on the city
of the natural foods movement, Theresa has been a passionate advocate for organic farming and organic foods since council, having served two terms as mayor. She is a founding member of LION (Local Investment Opportunity Network), and
1978. In 2010, she was honored by the Organic Trade Association with the Organic Leadership Award. is working on opening a community-owned mercantile through the first start-up DPO (through SCOR) in Washington.
Colleen O’Toole Sharon Schneider
As managing director of the Andersonville Development Corporation, Colleen oversees district development, research Sharon is the founder and CEO of Good Karma Clothing for Kids, a subscription service that delivers right-sized baby
and mapping, environmental initiatives, event fundraising and general organizational administration. Prior to joining clothes right when you need them. Good Karma recently won COMMON Pitch NYC to be crowned “best collaborative
ADC, Colleen developed a professional background in community and economic development. She returned to consumption startup” and has been featured on Good Day Chicago, Mashable, Technorati, GOOD, Stanford Social
Andersonville after working in Livingston County, Illinois as an economic development specialist. Her responsibilities Innovation Review, Babies.com, Trendhunters and many others. She co-authored Strategic Philanthropy: Five
included administering a county-wide business education series. Approaches to Making a Difference and is the author of ThePhilanthropicFamily.com.
Randy Osmun Katrina Scotto di Carlo
Randy is the executive director of The SOURCE, a CEO-created and directed nonprofit organization. Serving the Katrina is an evangelist for collaborative, place-based economies. Her work in this sector includes co-founding
employees and family members from the 19 member companies, its goal is to remove employment barriers across all Supportland with her husband Michael. Since launching August of 2010, Supportland has 100+ locally owned businesses
economic levels of the organizations. The SOURCE is a unique collaboration between government, business and nonprofit and 32,000+ cardholders participating in Portland, Oregon. Katrina is also on the council of Oregon Banks Local, a self-
organizations and focuses on retention, training, Welfare-to-Career and high-touch case management services. proclaimed design activist, and a mama to two brilliant kiddos.
Esther Park Bruce Seifer
Esther joined RSF in 2005 and is the vice president for strategy and business development. She is responsible for the For the past 25 years Bruce Seifer has been responsible for managing the Burlington’s economic development plans,
strategic development of the organization, the expansion of its products and services, and “the how” of what RSF does. activities and programs. He is an advisor to the board of Directors for the Vermont Software Developers Alliance,
As director of lending between 2007 and 2011, Esther oversaw a tripling of the organization’s lending activities to social and he is a founding Board member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, currently serving on the Public
enterprises nationally. Policy and Nomination Committee. Bruce was awarded Vermont Small Business Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small
Nancy is the managing director of Local First Milwaukee, an organization she helped form in 2006. Then, Nancy was Don Shaffer
marketing director of the independent Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops and a board member of Local First (formerly Our Don is president and CEO of RSF Social Finance and has more than 12 years of senior management experience building
Milwaukee). After the closing of the bookshops, Nancy began working for Local First, as well as Third Sector Creative, a social mission companies. Most recently, he served as BALLE’s executive director. In addition, Don was the interim
marketing and communications firm that serves nonprofits and other organizations that move our community forward. executive director of Investors’ Circle, an organization that facilitates the flow of private capital from angel investors,
professional venture capitalists, and foundations to more than 200 companies and small funds addressing social and
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Ellen Shepard Heather Van Dusen
As executive director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and the Andersonville Development Corporation, Heather is a senior associate at B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations and that facilitates the
Ellen has overseen economic development in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood for the past thirteen years. Under passage of benefit corporation legislation. Heather has been a part of the B Lab team since its launch in 2007, and has
Ellen’s guidance, Andersonville has gained national acclaim for its development strategy based on environmental led B Lab’s initiative to help companies elect the newly available benefit corporation status. She has worked with local
sustainability and recruitment and retention of locally owned, independent businesses. She has been a BALLE board environmental and community advocacy groups such as PennEnvironment and CeaseFirePa.
member since 2004 and is a BALLE fellow.
Sarah van Gelder
Michael Shuman Sarah is cofounder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org, which feature powerful ideas and
A prolific speaker, Michael is an economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on practical actions towards a more just and sustainable world. Sarah also edited the book, This Changes Everything:
community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His most recent book is Local Dollars, Local Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement, and wrote the lead essay. She cofounded a cohousing community and built
Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. He splits his time between a produce cooperative. She serves on the board of the Suquamish Tribe’s foundation and is among those organizing a
two organizations that he helped cofound, Cutting Edge Capital and BALLE. new “occupy” group in Kitsap County.
Vince Siciliano Ari Weinzweig
Vince is president and CEO of New Resource Bank, a mission-oriented bank in San Francisco that works with businesses, Ari is CEO and cofounding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen,
nonprofits, and individuals seeking environmental and social as well as financial returns. Vince serves on the advisory Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse and Candy Manufactory.
board of the American Sustainable Business Council. He is also chairman of the board for the Ken Blanchard Center for Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ari was
Faith Walk Leadership. Vince and the bank are founding members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has
awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award.
Radha is a well-known development professional with over 15 years of experience in innovative monitoring and Judy Wicks
evaluation, strategic planning for nonprofits, and corporate philanthropy. Radha has designed and implemented Judy founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her house in 1983, and grew it into a Philadelphia landmark and
pioneering M&E tools and approaches in microfinance, economic development and women’s empowerment sectors pioneer in the local food movement. In 2001, she founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and
across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is accredited with authorship of several reports while leading projects at cofounded BALLE. Judy sold the White Dog in 2009 through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent
the World Bank, Grameen Foundation, Clinton Foundation, International Center for Research on Women and the ownership and maintains sustainable business practices. Her book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business!, will be released
United Nations. in 2012.
Jim Slama Kimberlee Williams
For the past two decades, Jim has been a national leader in promoting environmental sustainability and the Good Food Kimberlee is CEO and marketing director of FEMWORKS, an award-winning integrated marketing communications
22 Movement. He is the founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org, which expands the market for local farmers and food firm in Newark, NJ. She is a forward-thinking social entrepreneur with more than 15 years of business development 23
producers by advancing the Community Supported Agriculture movement, training farmers to adopt best practices in experience in multicultural markets. She is a commissioner for the City of Newark LGBTQ Concerns Advisory
food safety, playing an integral role in public policy, and supporting farmers to develop new wholesale markets. Commission. She is also a BALLE fellow and founder of Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance, a Newark-based
Joel is chairman of Renewal2 Investment Fund and CEO of Renewal Partners Company which includes Renewal Kaija Woullet
Partners, Endswell Foundation, Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock. These entities together are a model of Kaija received her master of architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2010. As an urbanist, Kaija has
whole portfolio activation of money to mission. Joel also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RSF Social Finance an interest in understanding how the architectural design profession can practice ‘sense-making,’ rather than problem
leveraging his deep impact investing experience to support RSF’s growth as a leading nonprofit financial organization. solving, to benefit the profession, the urban built environment and society itself. She is currently on the executive board
of Ponyride, an art and entrepreneur accelerator space being developed in the lower Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.
Timothy Wolf Starr
Wolf is the founder and CEO of Small Business Beanstalk LLC. At a young age Wolf got involved in areas such as asphalt Malik Yakini
and Christmas lights. Wolf became involved with helping others start up their own businesses and quickly came to see Malik is a founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network transforming
some “economy of scale” aspects to having local businesses pool their resources. The SBB has grown to represent over Detroit’s food security and food justice landscapes while revitalizing urban space and providing empowering work and
500 local businesses and over 100,000 residents. The SBB annually gives tens of thousands to nonprofit efforts. ownership opportunities to the Detroit community. The DBCFSN operates the seven acre D-Town Farm, a pioneering
organic urban farm and training Center for Will Allen’s Growing Power, and has also created the Ujamaa Co-op Buying
LaTarndra Strong Club to aggregate the economic power of underserved communities.
LaTarndra is owner and operator of Allen Transportation, a North Carolina carrier since 2008. Focused on growing
her company responsibly, she serves Central and Eastern North Carolina’s local sustainable food producers. She is
passionate about entrepreneurship coaching new and developing business owners. LaTarndra celebrates cultural
diversity and access and wants to assist as the quality foods movement becomes more far reaching and inclusive.
Greg began working with the City of Grand Rapids as a seasonal employee in 1981, then as an entry-level permanent
employee in 1986. He worked in 12 jobs over the past 23 years, most recently as deputy city manager and chief services
officer. Greg envisions a city that engages all of its citizens to implement significant change, to move through this
declining economy to a position when the city can blossom into the new Grand Rapids.
Sarah Van Aken
Sarah is the CEO of S.V.A. Holdings Corporation, a vertically integrated private label apparel business in Philadelphia she
founded in 2006. Sarah’s focus is on integrating high design aesthetic and quality construction with socially responsible
business practices and community building through local job creation, fair trade and sustainable raw materials,
community partnerships and garments produced locally in Philadelphia.
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