Thanks to everyone who came out and shared an inspiring and collaborative day with us!! Check out the GOODBusiness Workshop on July 25th on working with the Film Industry.
Thursday, June 20
8:00a - 5:00p (with after hours fun!)
LLF Members $125 by June 1 and $150 June 2-19
Non-Members $175 by June 1 and $200 June 2-19
What is the GOODBusiness Summit?
The GOODBusiness Summit is bringing innovative solutions to local entrepreneurs.
Why the GOODBusiness Summit?
We know the small business environment is constantly changing, we also know that in order to keep up small businesses need fresh, innovative ideas and tools.
One of the most progressive ways that businesses can compete is by exploring alternative business models that support a new paradigm in the business community, one that is based on a triple-bottom line where people and place matter. We will show how successful entrepreneurs can also be value-oriented business owners.
Who Should Attend?
Business owners, decision makers, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and those wanting to be inspired!
Natalie Chanin – Alabama Chanin
It has been 10 years since I started working on the company that Alabama Chanin is today. I am oftern asked how I had the foresight to start a company based on the principals of sustainability and Slow Design. To this comment, I must laughingly reply that I never intended to start a sustainable design company; I simply stumbled into it like the fool falling off the cliff. When I cut up those first t-shirts, I was doing something that I felt driven to do. The first shirts were never intended to be the bases of a business; they were simpy pieces of clothing I wanted to wear. However, when I look back today. It feels like a seamless and directed adventure into the realms of becoming a sustainable designer and manufacturer. Read More...
Hannah Davis - Bangs Shoes
After completion of a yearlong contract teaching English in China, Hannah conceptualized BANGS in May 2010 at the age of 22. BANGS works to raise awareness and funding for causes that span the globe. Each color of BANGS shoes represents a different cause and nonprofit organization. As a social enterprise, BANGS functions to maximize social impact by partnering with nonprofits whose initiatives foster long-term, sustainable change.
Dave Dawson - The Urban Electric Co.
In 2002, Dave brought this varied background to bear on an unusual concept at the time – establishing an American manufacturer to deliver hand-made, high-quality distinctive lighting to architects and designers. American manufacturing was suffering a steep decline during those years, but Dave believed firmly that the marketplace would reward a company that focused on original design, uncompromising craftsmanship and impeccable service – and he believed specifically that American craftsmen were better equipped than any in the world to deliver such a product. Read more...
Brady Quirk-Garvan - Natural Investments/Money with a Mission
Brady works as a business development associate for Natural Investments and calls Charleston, South Carolina home. Before entering the socially responsible investing arena he worked with over 15 political candidates and advocacy groups, including a 6 month stint working for President Obama's 2008 campaign. Brady continues to push for social change working for one of the premier socially responsible investing firms, Natural Investments: "Money with a Mission". Natural Investments is a registered B-Corporation and was named one of the "Best for the world" award in 2012. Brady serves on the Charleston County Greenbelt Advisory Board, as well as the Board of Directors for We Are Family, Remember Niger, and The Palmetto Project. In 2013 he co-founded www.FossilFreeAdvisor.com to assist individuals in removing fossil fuels from their investments.
Nancy Gottovi - Executive Director of Central Park NC and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise
Gottovi began focusing on small-scale businesses related to sustainable energy, creative arts, and local food production, as a not very costly means of capturing and maintaining creativity and innovation in the community. STARworks businesses and programs include manufacturing, glass blowing, ceramics, biodiesel, geothermal, and a Community Supported Agriculture program. STARworks has been successful in not only providing a place for young rural people to engage in innovative, creative work in the small town, but it also provides social opportunities for area residents – particularly youth – to combat the rampant boredom that often drives young talented people to urban areas. STARworks continues to attract young people from all over the United States and the world to come to the small town to work and learn. Read more
Eric Henry – TS Designs, Company Shops Coop
Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, is one-half of the dynamic duo that owns TSD. Alongside his business partner and TSD CEO Tom Sineath, Eric has been in the screenprinting business for over 30 years.
Eric’s duties at TSD range from sales to operations to PR. He is the foremost public face of TSD, attending numerous trade shows, giving speeches to groups and universities and hosting tours of the TSD facility. His boundless enthusiasm and energy have gained him a certain level of notoriety at most of them, even winning him the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009. Read more...
Kelley Jarrett - Guide Creative/Blackbaud
At Guide Creative, Kelley Jarrett is an experienced brand leader, marketing specialist and web strategist with a passion for strong user experience, web design and development, social media and results-driven creative design. She writes for Fundraising Success Magazine, Nonprofit Times and guest blogs for NTEN.org, TechSoup and npENGAGE. Guide Creative is Blackbaud’s design agency, directly employing nonprofit-focused creative strategists, designers and developers.
Jorge Riano - GreenBy3
Jorge is the Founder and President of GreenBy3, over the years, Jorge Riano has developed deep expertise in computer technology, facilities management, and sustainability. He founded GreenBy3 in Charleston SC in 2008 to create a mindshift in project management and help companies be smart, sustainable, creative and well represented as they build their new office buildings or renovate existing work spaces.
Paul Saginaw – Zingerman’s Co-owner and Founding Partner
The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (ZCoB) is a family of eight businesses all located in the Ann Arbor area and reflects the novel strategy for business growth created by Zingerman’s Deli founders Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig. Rather than replicating their deli through the franchise model, Paul and Ari instead chose to develop new, independent businesses, all rooted in our local community that work together as one organization. Each business is operated by one or more managing partners who share ownership and put their particular expertise to work in the day to day running of their business. Read more...
Hardik Savalia - B Lab - Moderator
Hardik oversees the development of the B Impact Assessment, a tool that has assisted 8,000+ businesses in measuring what matters most - their company's impact on employees, communities, and the environment. Hardik believes that, in a generation's time, every company in America will be able to measure their impact as readily as they do profitability, and the tools that B Lab develops are aimed at making this vision possible. Prior to joining B Lab, Hardik worked for the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition to equip Philadelphia residents with tools to avoid home foreclosure. Hardik is also a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and a graduate of Boston University's School of Management.
Vincent Sheheen - SC State Senator working on Benefit Corporation legislation
Senator Vincent Sheheen grew up in Kershaw County and graduated from Camden High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 1993 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1996. He is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 52. Vincent worked with state legislatures to make Benefit Corporations a legally recognized entity in the state of SC. Read more...
John Smith - SPARC - Moderator
CPO and Chief Evangelist - SPARC John has started a wide-range of technology-focused companies over the last 20 years and received the honor of being chosen as one of the nation’s top 25 CTO’s by InfoWorld magazine.
Currently, John focuses his passion through leadership in corporate culture, employee recognition, and engagement as the Chief Product Officer and Chief Evangelist of SPARC, a software product company that has been able to balance, both high growth, and an amazing culture and a best place to work in SC.
Ben Wong - Blue Ion
BEN WONG (@bunmun) is the director of digital experience at Blue Ion. He built his nonprofit expertise during his time at Blackbaud and Guide Creative as the design services manager. He started his career as an interactive designer where he designed and developed website solutions for hundreds of nonprofit organizations.
He comes from the UK where he had a short career in the British music industry before completing his degree in Computer Science with Business Management at Queen Mary University of London.
Check out the agenda.
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Natalie Chanin will be holding a day-long workshop on Saturday, June 22nd at 1600 Meeting Street. If you are interested in participating in this special event click here to register.