Green Festival is a celebration of what’s working in our communities – Green Festival is about having fun.
Make plans to join us – have fun, engage, learn a lot and network!
We hope to see you at the upcoming spring Green Festivals.
Join us at the Green Festivals:
Interested in speaking?
Visit the Green Festivals website and follow the instructions on the speaker application.
Interested in exhibiting?
Check out highlights for your business at the festivals. Get inspired!
Join us at Green Business Seminars in Chicago and learn:
Saturday, May 18
Green Money for Green Businesses: DO's and DON’Ts for Bank Financing
Jon A. Levey (GreenChoice Bank)
Learn about financing options for small, sustainable businesses and what a Chicago-based community bank can do for your business. Also, find out what banks look for from prospective borrowers.
Small Business Energy Savings Program
Dana Olden (ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas-Small Business Program)
Learn how the Small Business Energy Savings (SBES) program can help your business! Find more about energy saving products, a free comprehensive report of recommended energy-efficiency improvements, and incentives of up to 70% off costs.
A Greener Future: An Industry Perspective
John Viera (Ford Motor Company), Marilyn Jones (Consolidated Printing), Danny Seo (Environmental Lifestyle Expert)
Listen to the fascinating stories about how various industries are paving the way to a greener future with emerging, innovating technologies!
Blackcrowdfunding.org: Financing the Revolution of the Neighbor-Owned Business
Naomi Davis (BIG: Blacks in Green)
Learn how Blackcrowdfunding.org can ease unemployment, underemployment, shrinking incomes and rising costs and turn the tide for blighted communities!
Sunday, May 19
Inside GMOs: A Survivor’s Guide
Alisa Gravitz (Green America), Ken Roseboro (Non GMO Report), Leslie Stoddard (GMO Free Idaho), Jeff Golfman (The Cool Vegetarian)
Do you care about GMOs? Learn why you should care and how you can influence the country’s largest food companies to get GMOs out of our food supply.
How Mission-Driven Ventures Drive Positive Social Change
Marc J. Lane (The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C.; Governor’s Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise) and others
Have passion for social change? Find out how social enterprises can empower the disadvantaged and help address the daunting problems of poverty, education and public health.
Chicago’s Emerging Co-Op Access
Andrea Mattson (Edible Alchemy Foods) and others
Where is Chicago’s co-op scene headed? Learn about the newest initiatives in the Chicago-land area, challenges to creating and maintaining co-ops in Chicago.
There's still time to apply for the Ford Community Green Grant in Chicago. Find out how to win $5,000 for your favorite nonprofit.
Join Green Business Network members and staff at the 2013 Green Festivals. Learn from experts and network with other business leaders.
Praise for our program from a green business entrepreneur who attended the seminars in New York:
Speakers in Chicago include:
Jon A. Levey