Dear SBN Members and Friends,
It's true-- Spring is almost here! The Vernal Equinox proves it, and you can join SBN in celebrating the coming of warm weather and longer days tomorrow night at the Taza Chocolate Factory Store!
There is still time to register
for this unique opportunity to send out positive energy for some well-desesrved warm spring days!
SBN produced another watershed event with the tremendous success of the third SBN Local Food Trade Show. This year's trade show was held at Northeastern University and showcased over 50 first rate local producers and introduced them to over 150 buyers of all types. The event has now become a "must" on the local food calendar and joins the Boston Local Food Festival as an important local food event that bookends the growing season.
Let's give a shout-out to SBN member, Cambridge Naturals
, and their owners Michael and Elizabeth Kanter, for hosting the business roundtable with the US Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez.
Finally, don't miss the Third SBN Summit and SBN's 25th Annual Conference! Now, that's a lot of history! This summit will build on a quarter century of New England businesses working for a strong local, green and fair economy!
Executive Director, SBN
|Tomorrow! Chocolate, Beer & Local Food Tasting at Taza Chocolate|
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Taza Chocolate Factory Store
561 Windsor Street
Somerville, MA 02143
$45.00 General Attendance // $40.00 for SBN Members
TOMORROW NIGHT! On March 20th from 7-9 PM, join us along with Taza Chocolate, Chive Catering, Banner Beer Company and Cape Cod Beer for the first ever
Celebrate the vernal equinox and wash away the winter blues as you enjoy cold local craft beer, eat gourmet local bites from Chive Catering, nibble on delicious Taza Chocolate, and socialize right inside the Taza Chocolate Factory Store!
Buy tickets today before they sell out.
Limited space available. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for payment information and to reserve your place!
This fun & delicious event will include:
- 2 Free Passes for a Taza Chocolate Factory Tour
- Cold craft beer from Cape Cod Beer (who use Taza Cocoa Nibs in their Mint Chocolate Porter), located in Hyannis, MA!
- Unlimited samples of fresh-from-the-factory Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA
- Casual after-work networking opportunities in a fun and unique setting!
- Support to several small, local businesses
- A chance to embrace the spring season with some of our all-time favorite treats
This event is generously sponsored by:
|SBN's Local Food Trade Show Builds the Local Food System! |
On March 4th, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts hosted the third Local Food Trade Show at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. SBN's trade show took another major step in growing the local food system by connecting local sellers with local buyers.
The event went off without a hitch, and attracted over 50 local food producers and more than 150 local buyers and other attendees from all over Massachusetts and New England. Attendees included specialty and non-specialty crop growers, fishermen, and value-added producers who are looking to connect to Massachusetts and New England-based buyers, including college and healthcare institutions, restaurants, retail grocers and more!
The event featured open floor trading between wholesale buyers and producers of locally grown food, as well as expert panel seminars led by local food industry leaders.
|Jane Hu Photography|
Jane Hu Photography
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) partnered with the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) through a specialty crop grant to connect local food producers with wholesale buyers such as schools, hospitals, restaurants and grocery stores. Northeastern University provided a fantastic space that could not have been better. The turnout for the event even topped last year's successful Trade Show and reaffirmed the unwavering support and growing interest in local purchasing.
Jane Hu Photography
With a goal to enhance the local food system within the region, SBN's Local Food Trade Show is a platform for wholesale buyers seeking to expand their offering of local food, including produce, value-added products, meat, dairy and seafood. At this year's event, buyers had the unique opportunity to meet 50 farmers and producers who grow and craft some of New England's finest foods.
The Sustainable Business Network is a recognized Massachusetts Buy Local Group and through its Boston Local Food Program, is committed to driving local food system transformation, one eater at a time. Through programs and events like the Local Food Trade Show, SBN is joining other passionate local food groups across the state, region and nation in making this shift a reality.
Participating SBN members included:
Basil Tree Catering and Café (Attendee), Berkshire Natural Healthy Vending (Attendee), Boston Organics (Sponsor and Seminar Panelist: Jeff Barry), Cape Ann Fresh Catch (Exhibitor), Cape Cod Salt Works (Attendee), Food For Free (Attendee), Good Egg Marketing (Attendee), Julia Shanks Food Consulting (Attendee), Locally (Attendee), New England Aquarium (Attendee), New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (Exhibitor and Seminar Facilitator, Panelist) Prism Energy Services (Sponsor and Exhibitor), Tel-Affinity Corp.(Sponsor), The Williams Agency (Marketing)
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make this event another big success for the SBN Local Food Program!
Jane Hu Photography
Jane Hu Photography
Thank you to our generous event sponsors who helped make this event possible:
|Next B2B Networking Meeting on Monday, March 31st
How to Make "Local" a Competitive Advantage!
This month's B2B will have a Local First theme: How to Make "Local" a Competitive Advantage for Your Business! Join us at Workbar in Central Square on Monday, March 31st from 6-8:30 p.m. for an evening inspired by the Local First Networks in the Greater Boston area!
We'll hear from Jaclyn Sinay, Executive Director of Cambridge Local First, on how local businesses can use "local" to their advantage- and how being a part a Local First Network can help. Jaclyn first joined CLF in December 2012, and has been an integral part of the Cambridge community ever since.
Abe Faber, co-owner of Clear Flour Bread, will talk about how being local has helped him thrive in his community. Abe is a key leader in Brookline Local First, and has been running the bakery with his business partner Christy Timon for over 32 years!
Both Christy and Abe have been recognized nationally as pioneers in the American renaissance of the production of the hand crafted, authentic, breads and pastries of Europe and are often called upon by the media to act as spokespersons for the artisan baking community.
When: Monday, March 31st, 2014
Time: 6-8:30 PM
Where: Workbar, Central Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
$10 Members: Buy now!
$20 Non-Members: Buy now!
To register please use the PayPal links above. If you prefer to pay by cash or check at the door please e-mail email@example.com to secure your space, or call 617-395-0250.
Local baked goods and refreshments will be generously donated by Clear Flour Bread in Brookline, MA!
|Early Bird Rate Extended to April 15th: Third Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit and 25th Sustainable Business Conference
The 2014 Summit will explore sustainability through the lens of entrepreneurship and collaboration! Our theme this year is Sustainable Entrepreneurs Take the Lead:
Examples of Partnerships & Collaborations that Build a Strong Local Economy!
The day will bring together many of New England's most successful entrepreneurs, community leaders, business owners and academics to develop new partnerships and action plans to build the local, green, and fair economy of the future. The Summit will feature short inspirational keynote speakers, interactive networking activities, breakout educational sessions, and open space technology programs to generate new action plans for change.
New this year! We will also be introducing optional afternoon workshops to continue the conversation. Workshops will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and can be added to your registration once they become available.
Early Bird Rate Has Been Extended April 15th: Register early
to take advantage of our discount!
$75 for Members // $95 for Non-Members
Questions? Contact SBN at 617-395-0250, or e-mail Taryn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more exciting details (such as sponsors, speakers and panelists)!
SBN Represents Boston Buy Local Group at "Ag Day" on 3/26
On Wednesday March 26, SBN will be representing the Buy Local Group of Boston at the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture Day (Ag Day), located each year at the Boston State House. Ag Day showcases Massachusetts agricultural products and industry achievements and focuses legislative attention on the industry.
As the "buy local" movement continues to gain momentum in Massachusetts, the number of farms has been growing. Ag Day represents an important opportunity to communicate the challenges and opportunities of farmers in Massachusetts to the legislative body.
If you are interested in attending or volunteering please visit the Mass Farm Bureau Federation website, at www.mfbf.net.
SBN New & Returning Member Announcement
SBN's network is growing in leaps and bounds! A big welcome to our newest SBN Members:
Quiet Communities, Inc: A non-profit organization dedicated to protecting health, the environment and quality of life from the excessive use of industrial outdoor maintenance equiptment. Quiet Communities provides education, outreach and advocacy focused on the risks of noise pollution and the benefits to alternative solutions
The Foodery: A residential organic meal delivery service, the Foodery is committed to easing the challenge of healthy, local and delicious that urban eaters face. All the meals delivered stand up the the highest quality standards, support local farmers and producers and are all sourced humanely and in a safe way to the environment.
Welcome back to renewing SBN Members:
Boston Organics: Boston Organics provides access to fresh, organic produce to promote and support healthy living in a mindful and sustainable way that respects the environment, supports local farms, local businesses, and fair-trade practices.
Cambridge Brewing Company: Nationally acclaimed and locally cherished, the Cambridge Brewing Company has been at the forefront of the Pub Brewery movement since it's inception in 1989. The focus on high quality craft beers and seasonally inspired New England fare have led to numerous accolades and a devoted clientele. CBC's desire to exceed guest expectations informs and motivates them daily.
Equal Exchange: With a mission to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, Equal Exchange fosters mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and demonstrates the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Insource Services, Inc: Insource Services provides business solutions for companies large and small. Their expertise in core business areas helps ensure that our clients can focus on their core competencies - and the bottom line. Insource staff members fulfill critical functions that allow client-company principals to focus on delivering the product or service that determines the company's success.
Interise: Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities. They provide a diverse group of small business owners with entrepreneurial education, new networks, and access to markets. The community creates jobs, grows businesses, and develops community leaders.
Natural Awakenings Magazine: Boston's healthy living magazine, Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Their mission is to provide insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Rainbow Solutions: Founded in 1998, Rainbow Solitions provides services and resources to help individuals and organizations live and invest responsibly to create a better world for ourselves and future generations, by moving towards greater social and environmental responsibility.
Taza Chocolate: Taza Chocolate strives to make and share stoneground, organic chocolate that is good and fair for all. By using traditional stone grinding methods, Taza's chocolate is minimally process with bold flavor and texture, unlike any other chocolate.
Interested in becoming a member?
Take a look and see what you think! Feel free to reach out to Charlotte with any questions regarding your individual, student or business membership!
Thank you all for your partnership and commitment to building a Massachusetts economy that is Local, Green and Fair!
Remember: Think Members First!
What better way to support the local economy and each other than to support SBN members who share your values and commitment to the principals of Local, Green and Fair. SBN is working on new programs to encourage and support greater B2B exchange within the network. Stay tuned for ways to get engaged!
"Business for a Fair Minimum Wage" Hosts US Sec. of Labor to Promote Increasing the Minimum Wage
Secretary Perez at Cambridge Naturals health store with owners Michael Kanter and Elizabeth Stagl. Photo credits: www.dol.gov
Last week, SBN-members Michael Kanter and Elizabeth Stagl hosted a visit by US Secretary of Labor Tomas Perez at their store, Cambridge Naturals. During a roundtable meeting, Secretary Perez heard why increasing the minimum wage is good for business from Kanter and Stagl as well as other SBN members, including Glynn Lloyd, CEO of City Fresh Foods, Valerie Shulock, President, Basil Tree Catering and Nicola Williams, President, The Williams Agency.
Other business owners participating in the roundtable were: Shannon Liss-Riordan, CEO, Just Crust Pizza; David Sandberg, President, Porter Square Books; and Joy Silverstein, Owner, Fresh Hair. The roundtable was moderated by Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Director Holly Sklar.
Please join demonstrate your support by signing the Massachusetts Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement.
|New Member Spotlight: The Foodery
The Foodery started when two guys grew suspicious of the nutritious food they'd eaten for years, and learned how most food is created without much consideration for the environment or animal welfare-- let alone the consumer.
After looking around and realizing that convenient meals made with real food don't exist, the two were forced to cook and pack meals for themselves. Busy with work, exercise and family, they quickly became too strapped for time to do things right. A real problem was found and the two started spending time away from their finance careers to create food they could be proud to serve to their family and friends.
A company formed and a small passionate group started doing something with purpose. The Foodery commits a great deal of resources to understanding the changes in our food supply and their impacts on everyone and everything involved!
"By joining the Small Business Network, The Foodery will be surrounded with like-minded leaders in the local sustainability community. This spectrum of input will strengthen the company's ability to thrive and keep sustainability as a business principle as it reaches its growth goals."
The Foodery Co-Founder
The Foodery is now using crowdfunding to raise funds for its new kitchen in South Boston and get the support of the community in it's initial growth phase. The Foodery set a goal of $100,000 because this amount will allow the business to make the type of difference it intends to make in healthy eating and the support of local agriculture. The funds will allow The Foodery to expand its service from its new kitchen in South Boston while strengthening its relationships with local farmers and suppliers.
By raising donations, The Foodery will be able to launch its new kitchen in South Boston. It will also retain its decision making power during its fragile start-up phase and preserve its core values and guiding principles of operation.
If you're interested in supporting their crowdfunding campaign, find out their campaign here! Or contact Co-Founder Mike Speights at email@example.com.
Sustainable Business Leader Program Updates
The SBLP is pleased to be announce that all three locations of the Harvest Co-op Markets have enrolled in the program! The Cambridge location is seeking an SBLP re-certification, while the two locations in Jamaica Plain are entering the program for the first time. We're excited to be working with such a great group that focuses so much on local food and local community.
The Haley House Bakery Café, located in Roxbury, has also joined the program a second time to re-certify as Sustainable Business Leaders. They are hoping to further their commitment to sustainability and add value to the café for a second time. Haley House is so excited about the program that the Soup Kitchen will also be seeking Sustainable Business Leader Certification!
Interested in learning more about the Sustainable Business Leader Program? Contact Alex Barber at Alex@sbnmass.org to learn more about the opportunities and how you can reduce your business' carbon footprint and save money. SBLP is also seeking new participants who are committed to local, green and fair.
|Vendor Registration Open for 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival!
We are excited to announce that SBN's 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival
is now open to vendors for registration! On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the Boston Local Food Festival will once again take place on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston!
Vendor and sponsor registration has officially opened and we invite all interested farms, restaurants, specialty foods, and local food related organizations to participate!
2014 Vendor Registration is Now Open!
Register before April 15th and receive:
- Full Food Booths: $75 early bird discount
- Full Non-Food Booths, Food Trucks, Food Carts: $50 early bird discount
- Listing in our full page summer Edible Boston ad!
*There is an additional $25 discount for SBN members or SBLP participants on all vendor fees. For prices and to register as a vendor, click the button above and fill out our online application!
The Boston Local Food Festival, considered New England's largest one day farmers market, is Boston's premier food event connecting thousands of eaters to healthy sustainable foods grown and produced close to home. Make sure to mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate our best festival yet on Sunday, September 14th, 11am-5pm!
|SBN Participated in Urban Farming Conference on 3/8 |
On Saturday March 8, SBN representatives participated in the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference. The conference contributes to the planning of a long-term sustainable food system in Massachusetts through engaging multi-sector stakeholders in discussions around urban farming issues.
Myrna Greenfield, Founder of Good Egg Marketing and SBN Board member, said that the conference attracted a wonderful mix of farmers, gardeners, businesses and nonprofits that are helping farmers, as well as government and policy makers. The event was a diverse collection of individuals trying to learn from each other about the relatively new topic of urban agriculture. The conference left her feeling inspired about what we can achieve in Massachusetts!
For more information, check out the Urban Farming Institute of Boston website.
Cambridge Community Card Launches This Spring!
Launching this spring, the Cambridge Local First Community Card program is a loyalty discount card and community-level membership to Cambridge Local First, fostering a close relationship with residents and local businesses. The loyalty card is designed to be a tool for local businesses to offer promotions, discounts, and special offers customized and flexible with their needs, seasonality, special product launches, etc.
Unlike big-box one time discount services, this card is aimed to help maintain and create a strong, repeat customer base and encourage consumers to continually shop local. Businesses must be a Cambridge Local First member to participate.
If you are interested in a membership and learning more about all of the great resources and benefits, in addition to the Community Card program, please contact Cambridge Local First by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or checking out our website, www.cambridgelocalfirst.org.
Local First Leaders Connect to Grow the Local Economy
On Wednesday, March 12, representatives from all seven Local First networks and SBN had the first ever Local Leaders Lunch, an opportunity to gather and share ideas on how to work together to strengthen the local economy. As the sponsor and parents organization, SBN was pleased to be involved in the first of many meetings.
The Local First networks all aim to strengthen the local economy and create vibrant communities. It was an inspiring lunch full of best practice sharing, communication and growing the bond between all of the different organizations. A special thank you to Jaclyn Sinay of Cambridge Local First for organizing the get-together.
The following Local First networks are sponsored by SBN and participated in the meeting:
Attend the AMIBA Go Local, Grow Local Conference
From May 8-11, leaders from SBN and partners from the Localization Movement will come together in Minneapolis for the bi-ennial AMIBA conference, where the focus will be results and action. Every session is designed to offer you specific actions that will yield tangible results for your organization, community or business. Presentations are brief and provide practical guidance while setting the stage for dialogue and action.
You'll be a participant, not just an attendee.
Participate in candid, nuts-and-bolts discussions about what's been tried, what works...and what doesn't with other Localization Movement leaders from around the country and energize yourself by spending 2˝ days with some of the most inspiring and fun people you'll ever meet!
"It was energizing to share with so many people engaged in similar work -- it felt like family. The connections I made have already helped improve our work in New England."
-- Laury Hammel
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, BALLE co-founder