Events Calendar

Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Make Festivals & Events Work for You! @ Boston Public Market Kitchen
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stand Out from the Crowd: How to Make Festivals & Events Work for You! @ Boston Public Market Kitchen | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Festivals are a great way to introduce people to your brand and your product. With festival season quickly approaching, The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and the Boston Public Market Kitchen have gathered a panel of Marketing Experts and Festival Producers to give you tips to help you convert attendees into customers.

Nicola Williams, Owner of The Williams Agency, Organizer of 4th Boston JerkFest Food Festival, Cambridge Carnival & Boston Local Food Festival
Mindy Harris of Mindy Harris Communications

AIR Graphics will be providing samples of marketing materials to get you looking your best!

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit committed to building an economy that is local, green & fair and are the producers of the Boston Local Food Festival. Join us on September 18, 2016 on the Rose F Kennedy Greenway for a vibrant Festival featuring over 150 vendors and attracting over 50,000 attendees! Learn more here.

Sustainability Leadership Summit @ Lesley University
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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SBN’s 27th Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit

‘Balancing People, Planet & Profit: A Competitive Advantage’
National Leaders Share How to Make a Better Business & a Better World!
Now in its 27th year, SBN’s Sustainability Leadership Summit attracts a diverse group of small and local business leaders who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The Summit focuses on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our local economy. Through networking, participants build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building a sustainable business that ensures the long term success of both their business and our planet. The Summit attracts participants from over 100 businesses and organizations who are eager to connect with others to amplify their impact in building a vibrant local economy.

Become a Sponsor! Have questions? E-mail

Keynote Speakers:

ae964f3e-77b9-42f2-85ee-a32c8c02418bKimber Lanning – Founder & Executive Director of
Local First Arizona 

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader & community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities & inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity & inclusion, economic resilience & responsible growth for Arizona’s urban areas.
Lanning owns three small businesses & is the Founder & Executive Director of Local First Arizonia, which is the largest local business coalition in the US. LFA is a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems & policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes. With nearly 3,000 business members & four statewide offices, Lanning leads a staff of 22 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy, local food access, entrepreneurial development in under-served communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable & resilient local economies.
Lanning is consistently recognized & has received numerous awards for her diverse work & extensive leadership. In 2014, Lanning was recognized as the Ctizen Leader of the Year by the International Economic Development Council, a pivotal moment in recognizing the use of Localist policies as a force for economic development. Her work in promoting adaptive reuse in Phoenix’s urban core was recognized by the American Planning Association, who presented Lanning with the Distinguished Citizen Planner Award in 2013. Lanning has also been named of of the “50 Most Influential Women in Arizonia” (Arizona Business Magazine, 2011), was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2013, and was the 2014 Leader of the Year in Public Policy (Arizona Capitol Times).

bb75c33b-ddd3-48bd-a176-66694839c9a0John Abrams – Founder & CEO of South Mountain Company
John Abrams is founder & CEO of South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old integrated architecture, engineering, building, & renewable energy company commited to triple bottom line business practices. Located on Martha’s Vineyard, South Mountain has been a worker cooperative for 28 years & was one of the first B-Corps in Massachusetts. John’s book ‘Companies we Keep: Employee Ownership & the Business of Community & Place,’ was published in 2008. He blogs at and lives at Island Cohousing, a neighborhood designed & built by South Mountain.



Getting There – Lesley University’s Brattle Campus is located just blocks away from the Harvard Square Red Line T Stop. We encourage attendees to walk, bike or take public transit when possible. Limited metered street parking is available. Limited parking passes from Lesley will be available for purchase.
Refund Policy – Registration is transferrable but not refundable. You may edit the name on your order through Eventbrite at any time or e-mail
Lunch – Lunch will be catered by Basil Tree Cafe & Catering.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest @ Arts at the Armory
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 11 @ 9:30 pm

Calling for local craft brew and homebrew fans, brew hobbyists, foodies, localvores, young entrepreneurs, and the curious minded!

5th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest with a special Beer on Cask Tasting on Friday Night!

3 Sessions
Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30pm plus Cask-conditioned beers from selective brewers
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 7:00 – 10:00pm

 What is Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest?

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is a unique event that not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients. SBN’s definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England. Hyper-Local means local producers (from New England) making products with ingredients from New England. Examples in the past have included brews made with 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 vendors for $6 or less.

What makes Friday night special?
Join us on Friday night for Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest with a special Beer on Cask Tasting “conditioned” by Randy Baril, Head Cellarman of NERAX (the New England Real Ale eXhibition). Try unfiltered and unpasteurized beer with no nitrogen or carbon dioxide added! Compare with the commercial version and tell us which one you love. The Showcase, also featuring a Small Batches Jamboree, will open dialogues between craft brewers, brew fans, and the curious-minded to experiment and learn what is available in the New England region for making their products. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about making small batches and homebrewing. Additionally, attendees will get the chance to interact with other aspiring brewers, hear from experts, and taste a selection of the brews that will be showcased during the Saturday Sessions.

What is cask-conditioned beer?

Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. [1] Cask-conditioned beer served at Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest will be brewed by selected participating local breweries, who will also bring store bought versions to sample at the event.

SBN Boston Local Food Program
This event is a celebration of local craft brews in conjunction with SBN’s Boston Local Food Programs. The goal of SBN’s Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and by encouraging individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to think local first. Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest presents a great opportunity to build the bridge between local producers and consumers of craft brews in advancing the local food system.

What’s included with admission price?

  • Cask-conditioned beer from selected local brewers on Friday only
  • Small batches and special brews from selected vendors on all sessions
  • Unlimited tastings from our participating brewers, craft brewers, cideries, meaderies, artisan beverage vendors
  • Complimentary local food samples and serving sizes for sale for only $6 or less
  • Free homebrewing demos, lectures, and instructions from local homebrew clubs
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Festival Guide with listing of all vendors
  • Compostable tasting cup and untensils

Refund Policy – All ticket sales are non-refundable. Please note this is a 21+ event and all attendees must have a valid ID to enter The Armory (no exceptions). To exchange ticket, please visit:


Boston Local Food Festival @ Rose F Kennedy Greenway
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food hub!Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.33.17 AM

Boston Local Food Festival is a FREE outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.

RSVP is not required but allows us to send you important updates about the Boston Local Food Festival! For a list of vendors, sponsors and activities, please visit