Events Calendar

SBN Member Mixer @ Haley House Bakery Cafe
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join SBN for a night of informal networking at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Boston! Learn more about Haley House’s story, meet other local business leaders and enjoy some light local snacks. You will also have the chance to win awesome door prizes courtesy of SBN members including Cambridge Naturals, City Feed & Supply, and Curio Spice Company!

6:00 PM Open Networking, Snacks and Coffee
7:00 PM Short Program
7:15 PM Door Prizes
8:00 PM End

Getting There:
Haley House is a 5-10 minute walk from Ruggles Station on the Orange Line or a 2 minute walk from the 1 bus, use the Washington St at Williams St Stop.

Local Specialty Crop & Local Food Trade Shows @ Northeastern University - Curry Student Center
Mar 1 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Curry Student Center, Northeastern University

Specialty Crop Vendors –> REGISTER HERE
Local Food Vendors –> REGISTER HERE
Buyers & Attendees –> REGISTER HERE

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

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is offering our 6th Local Food Trade Shows. The 2016 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.

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 of Agricultural Resources. 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 $125.00. *$25 Discount for SBN Members
The Specialty Crop Trade Show is made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown).

Who should attend?
Any wholesale buyers, who are interested in purchasing Massachusetts or New England-produced food items. These buyers can be supermarkets, co-ops, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, food processors in search of ingredients, distributors, or anyone else interested in local purchasing options.*This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.*

Getting There:
The SBN Local Food Trade Show will take place in the Curry Student Center of Northeastern University. The building is located on the Main Campus. There are two visitor parking garages on the Northeastern University campus.

Green your Bottom Line @ SBN Boardroom
Mar 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Green Your Bottom Line
Improving Sustainability Practices to Reduce Costs in Your Food or Beverage Business

What resources are available to help my business improve our energy and water efficiency?
How can my business better reduce or manage our waste?
Could my business use safer cleaning and sanitizing products?
What are other businesses doing, and what results have they seen?

Join us for an interactive discussion about opportunities to improve sustainability practices, reduce costs, and grow your business through energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, and the use of safer cleaning products. Learn about the experiences of other food or beverage businesses in a panel discussion and get an introduction to some of the free resources available to support your sustainability efforts, including SBN’s Sustainable Business Leadership Program.

Lauren Mattison (UMass Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), Joy Onasch (Toxics Use Reduction Institute), and Madeline Snow (Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell) will facilitate this discussion on ways to make your business more sustainable.

Light refreshments provided. Feel free to bring your lunch.

This event is part of Green Your Bottom Line, an energy and environmental initiative and workshop series for Massachusetts food and beverage businesses, made possible by a pollution prevention grant from EPA Region I New England. Learn more at


Local Sustainable Economies Conference @ Northeastern University - Curry Student Center
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day


The Local Sustainable Economies Conferences is sponsored by:

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The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017.

Reserve Lodging
Sponsorship Opportunities

The conference will have 3 LEVELS OF IMPACT for advocates and entrepreneurs committed to building a local, green and fair economy:

ENERGIZE YOUR ENTERPRISE: A powerful line-up of luminaries in the local sustainable economies movement will share stories of what works and what they’ve learned along the way, highlighting real, attainable solutions to issues facing our businesses and non-profits, our communities and our planet.

CULTIVATE CONNECTIONS: Through targeted conversations and peer coaching, participants will learn from each other, finding courage and inspiration and developing relationships that will continue to serve them long after the conference.

MOBILIZE THE MOVEMENT: Together, we will explore the shifting role of local business in the larger economic, social and environmental context, identifying what’s coming up next, what’s needed and what we are called to do, both individually and collectively.

The conference will focus on 8 VITAL PRACTICES of a sustainable local enterprise, listed below. Our intention is to use our time together at the conference to advance the wisdom, strategies, and practical actions related to each of these practices. This way, not only will you benefit; so will our communities and our movement.

1. GET CASH: Attracting financial capital that’s aligned with the values and needs of your enterprise and your community.

2. LOCAL FIRST: Cultivating local partner, supplier and customer relationships to catalyze the Local First movement.

3. BE FAIR: Crafting equitable and effective information-sharing, decision-making and ownership structures.

4. GO GREEN(ER): Reducing the negative effects and maximizing the positive impact of your operations.

5. CREATE MAGIC: Igniting your enterprise and invigorating the new economy.

6. EAT LOCAL: Transforming our local food systems.

7. STORM CITY HALL: Shaping local laws and policies to support local business and community.

8. OPEN YOUR HEART: Building personal capacity for wisdom and compassion in the interest of more effective action.


• Learn and share with local leaders cutting edge, visionary and practical ideas on how to grow your organization, your local economy and our movement.

• Bring it back home – it’s all about `take-homes’ and `bringing back high energy, game-changing ideas, plans, & programs’.

• Co-create an expanded vision and impactful strategy for building Local Sustainable Economies.

• Be inspired by local economy leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a major impact on our local economies and our culture.

• Whether you are a small business owner or work inside a nonprofit or business, let your inner entrepreneur shine and help co-create the new economy!

• Enter a space where you can bring your heart and soul and engage with like-minded folks who share your core values.

• Become engaged in a national relationship-based movement to change our world during this urgent time of climate change and social upheaval.

• Be with your tribe – a group of people working for similar objectives and experiencing challenges very similar to those you face every day.

• Share your story, build friendships and expand your network

• Have fun!





Additional Support from:


Refund Policy – Registration is transferrable but not refundable. If you need to many any changes to your order, please e-mail
Member Discount – Sustainable Business Network & Local First Members, please contact josh@sbnmass to redeem your 20% discount
Housing – Dorms are available for rent for $76/night and are a 5-10 minute walk from the Curry Student Center where the majority of programming will be taking place. Suites have adjoining rooms with a shared bathroom.
Directions –
Via public transportation:
Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take an “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop, the first stop above ground. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station. Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station.
Driving from the north (via Route I-93 or Route 1)
Take the Storrow Drive exit, and proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound, and bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to the third traffic light, and turn right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route I-90, Massachusetts Turnpike)
Take Exit 22 (Copley Square), and bear right. Proceed to the first traffic light, and turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Take the next right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route 9)
Proceed east on Route 9; it will become Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Tremont Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Melnea Cass Boulevard, and then turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the south (via I-93, Route 3)
Take Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury/Frontage Road). Turn left at the third light, staying in one of the two left lanes. Proceed straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Logan Airport
Exiting Logan Airport, merge onto Route I-90 West/Mass Pike/Ted Williams Tunnel. Proceed about 1.5 miles, and then take Exit 24 toward Route I-93. Merge onto Route I-93 South via the exit on the left. Take Exit 18, Massachusetts Avenue, toward Andrew Square. Bear right onto the Massachusetts Avenue connector. Proceed straight on the connector, which becomes Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Manchester (NH)-Boston Regional Airport
Via automobile:
Exiting the airport, follow the signs to I-93 South, then follow driving directions to campus from the North via I-93.
Via public transportation:
The Manchester Airport Shuttle is a regularly scheduled bus service offered free of charge for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s ticketed airline passengers. All passengers must show an airline ticket, boarding pass, or printed travel itinerary into or out of Manchester to be eligible to use this free service.
Buses depart from the outer curb adjacent to the main entrance walkway of the terminal. The bus service operates every two hours, 24-hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays), between the airport and the Sullivan Square MBTA Subway Station.
At the Sullivan Square station, take the MBTA Orange Line (Inbound towards Forest Hills), getting off at Ruggles Station.