Events Calendar

February – March 2015

B2Bee // Honey for your Honey! Tasting & Networking Event @ Follow the Honey
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
B2Bee // Honey for your Honey! Tasting & Networking Event @ Follow the Honey | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

Join us for our next B2Bee at Follow The Honey!

To make things even more savory, Salt & Olive will be present to sample their delicious products!

Enjoy a concierge guided honey tasting with Caneen Canning, our Creative Director and
in-hive liquid gold “sommelier”. Caneen is a member of the American Tasting Society and
protege of its founder, Marchina E. Marchese, author of “The Honey Connoisseur.
Enjoy a winter reprieve by way of the palette through which you’ll visit monoflorals cultivated by
tropical blooms of Oaxaca, to earthy Spanish Chestnut to Autumn wildflowers of Massachusetts.

As family beekeepers themselves, Follow The Honey hive minders, will surely ignite
your appetite for talking all things local, sustainable and apis melliferous. Join the buzz!

$15.00 for SBN Members
$20.00 for Non-Members

Tickets available here:

Going Deep into the Weeds: A Conversation with Entrepreneur, Paul Saginaw @ SBN Boardroom
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Cambridge Local First & Cambridge Trust Co Present:

Going Deep Into the Weeds–A Conversation with Legendary Entrepreneur Paul Saginaw

Join Paul Saginaw and 25 other local business leaders in an intimate look into how Zingerman’s succeeds and what lessons we can learn from this outstanding entrepreneur and local business icon.

Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs, founders, CEO’s, and Senior Managers of Small Businesses (Space is limited to 25 business leaders and two per business)

How an Obsession with Extraordinary Customer Service can Grow your Business @ JP Library
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts & JP Local First Present:

How an Obsession with Extraordinary Customer Service can Grow your Business!

Zingerman’s co-founder Paul Saginaw will share the lessons he’s learned from creating what has been called a `Small Giant’ by growing his local deli into a successful independent business that has a major impact on the local economy and the community.

Refreshments will be provided.

Pathways to Extraordinary Customer Service @ CIC
Feb 19 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Pathways to Extraordinary Customer Service @ CIC | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

Pathways to Extraordinary Customer Service

What: Paul Saginaw, the legendary small business leader & co-founder of Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI is coming back to lead his latest & greatest version of his popular & practical workshop on extraordinary customer service. This is Zing Train’s third visit & each visit has had a profound impact on participants.

When: Thursday, February 19 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Presenters: Paul Saginaw & Katie Frank
Who Should Attend: Small business owners & staff
*Previous Zing Train Workshops have filled up early – Limited Space*
Where: Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway Street
Cambridge, MA
Refreshments: Complimentary Continental Breakfast

Price: $75 for SBN & CLF Members
$65 each when 2 or more tickets are purchased for SBN & CLF Members
$90 for nonmembers
$80 each when 2 or more tickets are purchased for nonmembers


Local Food & Local Specialty Crops Trade Shows @ Northeastern University
Mar 10 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Local Specialty Crop Trade Show & Local Food Trade Show
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Northeastern University
*Registration opens in January*

Local Food Buyers and Producers are Invited to Meet and Begin Doing Business.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering its 4th Local Food Trade Shows. The 2015 Local Food Trade Shows are designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.

Due to the expansion of our program we are offering two trade shows this year, taking place at the same time in the same location. Each trade show will feature different types of exhibitors.

Local Specialty Crop Trade Show
Exhibitors will include New England based farmers, produce distributors and local specialty crop producers (products made with 50% or more specialty crops also qualify). Please view the USDA definition of specialty crops here. This Trade Show is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department for Agricultural Resources. Thanks to a grant from MDAR,exhibition booths are free for specialty crop farmers and other specialty crop producers.

Local Food Trade Show
This trade show is open to all non-specialty crop food producers including meat and dairy farms, fisheries, baked goods and other added value producers. Exhibition booths are $100.00.

Event Schedule
7:30 am – 9:30 am Set Up
7:30 am -12:00 pm Registration
8:15 am -9:30 am Seminar Session 1
9:45 am -10:00 am Welcome Address
10:00 am -1:30 pm Open Floor Trading
11:00 am -12:15 pm Seminar Session 2
12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch*
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Breakdown

The Specialty Crop Trade Shows is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown). Our partners for this event include Northeastern University, Boston Food and Farm, Food Solutions New England, Health Care Without Harm, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).