Thursday, 02 May 2013 15:28

Join Us at Chicago Green Festival, May 18-19

Join us at Chicago Green Festival, May 18-19 at Navy Pier. Get festival highlights for businesses and your free ticket - plus VOTE for the Ford Community Green Grant winner!

We look forward to seeing many of you in at our upcoming Green Festival in Chicago, May 18-19. Join us for inspiration, expertise, and fun!

Cast your vote online for Chicago Green Festival's Ford Community Green Grant Winner! A local organization will win $5,000 for a great, sustainable, community-building idea. Read about the finalists and cast your vote before Sunday. Vote now for the Ford Community Green Grant »

Read on for program highlights. Get advice on financing for growth and energy savings. Plus learn about GMOs, crowdfunding, greener technology, co-ops, and driving change through social enterprise.

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If your business would like to exhibit, contact Karen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (828-333-9436).

Celebrate what's working our communities. Have fun, engage, learn a lot and network!

Check out the program and get your free ticket »

Visit the Green Business Network at the Green America booth. We look forward to seeing you!

Join us at Chicago Green Festival 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 program can help your business! Find more about energy saving products, plus get 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)
Discover how various industries are paving the way to a greener future with emerging, innovating technologies. Financing the Revolution of the Neighbor-Owned Business Naomi Davis (BIG: Blacks in Green)
Learn how 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.

See the Chicago program here »

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Chicago May 18-19: Download your free ticket Speakers in
Chicago include:


Jon A. Levey
Chief Lending Officer GreenChoice Bank

Dana Olden

Dana Olden
Trade Ally Liaison
Small Business
Energy Services

Marilyn Jones
Consolidated Printing

Naomi Davis
BIG: Blacks in Green

Eric Henry

Eric Henry
President, T.S. Designs
Green America board member

Danny Seo
Environmental Lifestyle Expert

John Viera
Sustainable Business Strategies for Ford Motor Company

Alisa Gravitz

Alisa Gravitz
Green America

13thirtyone Design

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