Morning & Afternoon of Day One: Wednesday June 7, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 amRegistration and Share a Local Breakfast (provided)
8:30 - 11:30 am Opening Workshops: Morning Sessions
Zingerman's Guide to the Art of Giving Great Service

The Soul of Place

Business Alliance Roundtable on Development (BARD): Mature Organizations Conspiring to Grow Their Impact

Urban Farming & Small Business: Where People, Land and Creativity Intersect! (Off-Site Tour)

Boston’s Southwest Corridor and Park: Linking and Empowering Communities with (Public Infrastructure and) Transit (Off-Site Tour)
11:30 am - 1:00 pmHang Out and Share a Local Lunch On Your Own
1:00 - 2:30 pmOpening Workshops: Early Afternoon Sessions
Boston Ujima Project: Creating a Community-Controlled Finance & Business Ecosystem

Setting Your Sustainable Company Apart Through Story

Building Powerful Local Organizations (IBA 101)

Toward "50 by 60": Advancing a Regional Food System Strategy
3:00 - 4:30 pmOpening Workshops: Late Afternoon Sessions
Fairness in Foodservice: Using Open-Book Management to Transform Restaurant Teams and Profitability

Raising the Minimum Wage: What's Happening and How Supporting Can Be Your Competitive Advantage

Growing the Local Food Economy Through Connection, Collaboration, and Distribution
Evening of Day One: Wednesday June 7, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 pmOpening Reception
6:00 - 6:45 pmShare a Local Dinner (provided)
6:45 - 7:15 pmWelcome Ceremonies
7:15 - 7:45 pmMapping Our Journey
Laury Hammel, Conference Co-Chair and Founder/ED of SBN Massachusetts
Kimber Lanning, Founder/ED of Local First Arizona Founder
7:45 - 8:00 pmLooking Back At Your Journey
8:00 - 8:35 pmSigns of the Emerging Future
Michelle Holliday, Conference Co-Chair and Author of The Age of Thrivability
Michael Jones, Musician and Author of The Soul of Place
8:35 - 9:00 pmWhat Opportunities Do These Times Hold?
9:00 pm onwardLet’s Get This Party Started!
Morning of Day Two: Thursday June 8, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 amRegistration and Share a Local Breakfast (provided)
8:30 - 9:00 amWelcome and Setting the Stage
9:00 - 10:00 amStories of Impact from Keynote Speakers
These will be inspiring short presentations by local leaders who have made a difference in their communities and our movement. Hover over each speaker's name to see the title of their story (as it becomes available).

Nicola Williams, Founder of The Williams Agency Cambridge, MA
Michael Shuman, Consultant and Author of Local Dollars, Local Sense
Deborah Frieze, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Boston Impact Initiative, MA
David Levine, Co-Founder/CEO American Sustainable Business Council NY, NY
Tolulope Ilesanmi, Founder & Cleaner, Zenith Cleaning, Montreal, Canada
Judy Wicks, Author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Philadelphia, PA
10:00 - 10:15 amBreak
10:15 - 11:30 amLearning Conversations with Keynote Speakers
Full Description
Keynote speakers’ Stories of Impact will be brought to life in 75-minute, small-group Learning Conversations. In many cases, Keynote Speakers will be joined by a colleague or peer who can offer another perspective on the story. In these interactive sessions, you will uncover behind-the-scenes details, discover answers to your specific questions, and engage with other participants so your learning will be both relevant and maximized.

Nicola Williams will be joined by Maddie Phadke, Managing Director of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts.
Deborah Frieze will be joined by Lor Holmes, Manager of the CERO Cooperative and by Mark Watson, Managing Director of the Boston Impact Initiative.
Judy Wicks will be joined by Michelle Holliday, author of The Age of Thrivability
11:30 am - 1:00 pmHang Out and Share a Local Lunch (provided)
Afternoon & Evening of Day Two: Thursday June 8, 2017
1:00 - 1:15 pmWhat Have You Learned?
1:15 - 2:15 pmStories of Impact from Keynote Speakers
Hover over each speaker to see the title of their story (as it becomes available)

Derek Peebles, ED, Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance, Cincinnati, OH
Jeff Milchen, Co-Founder and Co-ED of AMIBA, Bozeman, MT
Michael Kanter, Chief Visionary Officer, Cambridge Naturals, Cambridge, MA
Elissa Hillary, ED, Local First West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI
Leila Wolfrum, Durham Food Co-op, Durham, NC
Eric Henry, President, TS Designs, Burlington, NC
2:15 - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 - 3:45 pmLearning Conversations with Keynote Speakers
Full Description
Keynote speakers’ Stories of Impact will be brought to life in 75-minute, small-group Learning Conversations. In many cases, Keynote Speakers will be joined by a colleague or peer who can offer another perspective on the story. In these interactive sessions, you will uncover behind-the-scenes details, discover answers to your specific questions, and engage with other participants so your learning will be both relevant and maximized.

Derek Peebles will be joined by Owen Raisch, Founding Executive Director of the Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance, Director of X-LINK and D'Artagnan Enterprises at Xavier University.
Jeff Milchen will be joined by Jennifer Rockne, Co-Director of the American Independent Business Alliance.
Michael Kanter will be joined by Emily Kanter, Second-Generation Co-Owner and Marketing Lead at Cambridge Naturals.
Eric Henry will be joined by Bruce Nelson, retired CEO from Office Depot (now fully committed to his local community).
3:45 - 4:00 pmBreak
4:00 - 5:00 pmWhat stands out across your learning? What new questions do you have?
5:00 - 6:00 pmKnowledge and Resource Exchange
Full Description
During two 30-minute rounds of conversation and exchange, you’ll be able to take your pick from a range of topics offered by “been there, done that” hosts:

• How Alignable Can Grow Your Local Business Connections
• Leveraging Obsidian to Strengthen Your Community
• Board Development Best Practices
… And more!
6:00 pm onwardHang out and enjoy dinner in local restaurants
Morning of Day Three: Friday June 9, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 amShare a Local Breakfast (provided)
8:30 - 8:45 amWelcome and Moving Into Action
8:45 - 9:20 amVisionary Keynote
Paul Saginaw, Zingerman's, Ann Arbor, MI
9:20 - 9:30 amWhat Could This Mean For Your Community?
9:30 - 10:30 amStories of Impact by Keynote Speakers
Hover over each speaker to see the title of their story (as it becomes available)

John Abrams, Founder, South Mountain Company, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Michael Green, ED, Climate Action Business Association, Boston, MA
Niaz Dorry, ED, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Gloucester, MA
Saleem Chapman, Policy and Advocacy Manager, SBN Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer Rubenstein, ED, Louisville Independent Business Alliance, KY
10:30 - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:00 pmLearning Conversations with Keynote Speakers
Full Description
Keynote speakers’ Stories of Impact will be brought to life in 75-minute, small-group Learning Conversations. In many cases, Keynote Speakers will be joined by a colleague or peer who can offer another perspective on the story. In these interactive sessions, you will uncover behind-the-scenes details, discover answers to your specific questions, and engage with other participants so your learning will be both relevant and maximized.

John Abrams will be joined by COO Deirdre Bohan, Financial Manager Siobhan Mullin, and Energy Manager Rob Meyers.
Michael Green will be joined by Kate Galbo, Programs Manager at Climate Action Business Association
Niaz Dorry will be joined by Shareen Davis, who is helping to organize a new seafood business called Chatham Harvesters Cooperative - the first of its kind focused on economic equity for the fishermen.
Afternoon of Day Three: Friday June 9, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 pmEnjoy a Local Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 3:00 pmWhat do these times call for?
What are the needs of the movement?
3:00 - 3:20 pmBreak
3:20 - 4:50 pmCall to Action Open Space:
What Will We Do Next?
4:50 - 5:30 pmSynthesis and Where We Go From Here
5:30 pm onwardClosing Celebration with Light Buffet, Music, Dancing
6:30 - 9:30 pmHead for the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest!