Upcoming Events–SAVE THE DATE!

June 14-15: 2nd Annual Hyper Local Craft Brewfest

SBN’s 2nd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest will be held on June 14 – 15, 2013 at The Center for Arts at The Armory in Somerville, MA. 

Session 1: Friday, June 14, 2013 6:30 – 9:30pm (Hyper-Local Home Brew Showcase and Brewfest)

Session 2: Saturday, June 15, 2013 3:00 – 6:00pm

Session 3: Saturday, June 15, 2013 7:00 – 10:00pm

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual event presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) to highlight and promote local breweries, meaderies, cideries, artisan beverage makers, home brewers, and food vendors and it is a major annual fundraiser for SBN’s Boston Local Food Program.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is a unique event that not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients! Examples in the past have included brews made with TAZA Chocolate, local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters! While having unlimited 2oz tastings from local brewers, you can also sample and purchase delicious local food from local food vendors like Valicenti Organico, TAZA chocolate, and more.

So mark your calenders for the 2nd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest and get your tickets today. Try delicious local brews, meads, ciders, artisan beverages, and local food (for purchase). Cheer with us and fellow local craft brew fans, interact with brew masters, and celebrate all things local!

$35 per session. To purchase tickets and see a list of committed vendors visit:
June 18th: SBN On Tour at Deer Island Waste Treatment Plant 
Have you ever wondered what happens with the water you flush or drain down the pipes? If so, you won’t want to miss our next SBN on Tour to Deer Island on June 18th from 8:30 to 10:30 am. 

MWRA’s Deer Island Waste Treatment Plant is the centerpiece of MWRA’s $3.8 billion program to protect Boston Harbor against pollution from Metropolitan Boston’s sewer systems. The plant removes human, household, business and industrial pollutants from wastewater that originates in homes and businesses in 43 greater Boston communities. 

If you’re interested in taking the tour with fellow SBN members to learn more about water conservation, pollution prevention and other exciting sustainability initiatives at Deer Island sign-up today!  Limited spaces available. 

SBN Members: $10 (PayPal)

Non-Members: $20 (PayPal)
E-mail Taryn Johnson with questions: 
June 25th: SBN B2B Networking Group Meeting 
Join us on Tuesday June 25th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for the next B2B Networking Meeting. We are excited with the direction the group is taking and need your input and advice to continue growing the group in size, reach and value. Let’s make this upcoming meeting the biggest and most productive yet! 
Location to be determined. If you would like to host the next B2B Group Networking Meeting, or you’re interested in donating food or drinks, please contact Taryn at
To register please use the PayPal links below.  If you prefer to pay by cash or check at the door please respond to this e-mail to secure your space.  
Member Sign up (PayPal)
Non-Member Sign up (PayPal). Click here to find out how to become a member!
Once again, we count on you to make this upcoming meeting the best ever! We look forward to seeing you at the next B2B and please do not hesitate contact us with any questions. 
…and stay tuned for more information on these exciting, upcoming events!

Tuesday, August 20th: ALLocal Social at Dillon’s Restaurant & Bar, 6-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 6th: 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival


Past Events

March 27th, 2013: B2B Networking Meeting

SBN hosted its third B2B Networking Group Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the United for a Fair Economy & Responsible Wealth Office.


March 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.


The United for a Fair Economy & Responsible Wealth Office

1 Milk St, 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02109


“Tap Into Boston’s Water Sustainability Network”: An educational networking event for current and aspiring water sustainability activists

bctapped2.2BeCause Water, a Boston-based social enterprise that empowers water activism, hosted, “Tap Into Boston’s Water Sustainability Network,” at the Boston University School of Management Auditorium, Room 103 on April 9, 2013.

The objective of the event was to encourage discussion about the repercussions of bottled water (Environmental, Health, Financial), and provide options for solutions in the form of activism.

The event featured a screening of the film Tapped and a guest-speaker panel with respected water professionals from various fields.

6:00-6:50 pm- “Tapped” the movie

6:50-7:30 pm- Speakers Panel Discussion

7:30- 8:00 pm- Networking


Guest Speakers include:

  • Jill Appel- Concord Conserves– Jill Appel, CPA, MPH, has 30 years of experience in consulting, project management and health care finance. A community activist since supporting the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Concord in 2006, Jill is currently a member of Concord’s Sustainable Energy Committee. In 2011 and 2012, she ran the campaign to bring Concord’s historic single-serve bottled water bylaw to Town Meeting. The bylaw passed in April 2012, and went into effect on January 1, 2013.  
  • Russ Cohen- Department of Ecological Restoration– Russ works with the The Massachusetts DER which serves to restore and protect the rivers, wetlands, and watersheds of the state. They conduct projects to revitalize environmental sites and protect public water resources. 
  • Kim McCabe-  An educator at heart, Kim McCabe is dedicated to raising awareness about the ecological impacts of our daily actions and inspiring people to live healthier, greener lives. Last fall she was able to take a break from her educator position at the New England Aquarium to volunteer as a researcher on the Plastics at SEA expedition in the North Pacific Gyre.  For 5 weeks she was able to experience the Giant Pacific Garbage Patch first hand and help evaluate the impact it is having on marine life.  She is also the Rise Above Plastics coordinator for Surfrider Foundation’s Massachusetts chapter and writes a blog about her personal plastic footprint and sharing ways to reduce our waste (


March 19, 2013: SBN Buy Local Trade Show

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013Buy Local Trade Show
Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Waterfront Ballroom, Boston, MA
Mezzanine Level, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02110

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) successfully staged our second Buy Local Food Trade Show and Seminar at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. This event is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate trade between local buyers and sellers of specialty crop food products and includes expert panels on overcoming barriers to selling and buying local products and open floor trading. This event is organized by SBN in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown) Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). SBN Buy Local Trade Show space is sponsored by Seaport World Trade Center and the Trade Show is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

This years SBN Buy Local Trade Show and Seminar attracted:

  • Massachusetts and New England-based specialty and non-specialty crop growers, fishermen, and value-added producers who are looking to connect to buyers
  • Massachusetts and New England-based buyers including college and healthcare institutions, restaurants, retail grocers and more
  • Exhibitors that support or do business with food growers, producers or buyers

Event Itinerary:
7:00am – 11:00am: Set-up for Vendors
7:30am – 8:30am: Registration and refreshments
8:30am – 10:00am: Seller Seminar and Buyer Seminar
10:00am – 10:30am: Break/Networking
10:30am – 12:30pm: Open Floor Trading

March 6, 2013: Cutting Edge Tools for Investing in New England:  A Workshop on How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street

America’s capital markets are broken, argues Michael Shuman, author of “Local Dollars, Local Sense.” If we could fix these markets, at least $15 trillion could transfer from Wall Street to Main Street, or about $50,000 per person. This new injection of community finance could be invaluable to the New England region. Michael Shuman Workshop

Across the country, Shuman points out, creative individuals, businesses, and communities have been pioneering new tools to facilitate local investment, including special bank CDs, new generation cooperatives, pre-sales, P2P internet lending, revolving loan funds, “slow muni’s,” and self-directed IRAs. To these options, new tools for crowdfunding have now been added and President Obama’s signing of the Jobs Act in the spring of 2012 made it easier and cheaper for small businesses to issue local stock.

As local stock markets, local mutual funds, and local pension funds begin to form, cities like Boston may be able to tap into the biggest shift of capital back to small business in U.S. history.

February, 26th 2013: Allocal Dinner @ Granary Tavern

SBN is kicked-off the new year with it’s first Allocal Dinner of 2013 at Boston Local Food Festival participant Granary Tavern.  

Located at the end of Milk Street, in the Charles Bulfinch designed building constructed in 1816, this new restaurant offers an informal and welcoming atmosphere along with delicious gastronomic offerings. Locavore’s will relish Granary Tavern’s emphasis on Slow Food principles, fresh seafood, farmer’s market produce and dynamic presentations. They focus on healthy preparations and locally sourced ingredients; simple comfort food concepts enhanced by contemporary accompaniments.

SBN ALLocal Dinners feature a 3-4 course 100% locally sourced chef tasting along with suggested local beer, wine and spirit pairings from Cisco Brewers.  Come enjoy delicious local fair while networking with other local food enthusiasts!

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: 170 Milk Street  Boston, MA 02110
What: Delicious 3-course, 100% locally sourced meal featuring vegetarian/vegan and meat options.

Tickets: $55 per person.  Includes food and food gratuity.  Beverage and beverage gratuity extra.  $5 Discount for SBN Members (applied at checkout).

February, 19th 2013: 2nd SBN B2B Networking Group Meeting

Following a very successful first meeting in January, SBN is excited to invite you to its second B2B Networking Group Meeting on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. at The Fresh Truck, 103 Terrace Street, Roxbury, MA.

The first B2B Networking Group meeting was a great opportunity for young and seasoned entrepreneurs to highlight their work, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, exchange ideas for collaboration, stimulate business growth and save money.  Participants of our first meeting noted making 5 new business connections on average and numerous participants have since met independently to discuss new business and collaboration opportunities.

Many fantastic ideas for how to grow and strengthen the group and the local, green and fair economy were discussed including:

  • The formulation of shared working standards by industry
  • Creation of a forum for information sharing
  • The creation of a joint “sales force” to recommend each others businesses to clients (B2B Resource Guide)
  • Direct collaboration between businesses across industries

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new group, please join the next SBN Business to Business (B2B) Networking event:

Date: February 19th, 2013 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
Location: 103 Terrace Street, Roxbury, MA

Price: $10 for members and $20 for non-members*.  Light refreshments will be served.

*We encourage all participants to become members, as only member participants will be listed in the new B2B Resource Guide. However, we welcome new businesses to participate in the B2B before joining to get a better sense of the network and the opportunities and benefits associated.

February 7, 2013: SBN On Tour at Roxbury Technology 

On February 7th, SBN toured Certified Sustainable Business Leader Roxbury Technology Corporation with owner Beth Williams. Roxbury Technology Corporation (RTC) specializes in premium remanufactured toner cartridges and imaging solutions-but that’s only part of the story. The company began with a mission: create jobs and build the community while making top-quality, earth-friendly products. This commitment guides RTC through its work to combine innovation with functional solutions, and find ways to make a difference while making a profit.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:30am-11:30am
Location: Roxbury Technology Corp. 75 Sprague Street, Hyde Park, MA
$10 for Members.
$20 for Non-Members.

January 22, 2013: SBN B2B Networking Group Launch

On Tuesday evening, January 22nd, SBN is excited to launch it’s new B2B Networking group aimed at: Connecting like-minded entrepreneurs in service based industries that can support each others businesses and partner on joint marketing and other collaborative efforts to grow  the local, green and fair economy.

Date: January 22nd, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Location: Cambridge Community Television. 438 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Price:  $10 for members  and $20 for non-members.  To register e-mail:

Light refreshments will be served.

The event will include informal and structured networking opportunities. For more information, please feel free to contact Juan Sanchez at or call (617) 395 0250