Events Calendar

June 2016 – March 2017

Jun
30
Thu
Making the Business Case for A New England Food Vision: Creating Conditions that Support Diverse Food-Related Enterprises @ SBN Boardroom
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Food Solutions New England Presents:http://www.foodsolutionsne.org“>
Making the Business Case for A New England Food Vision: Creating Conditions that Support Diverse Food-related Enterprises

Profitable food-related businesses are integral to the New England Food Vision. The Vision describes a future in which at least 50% of the food consumed in our region is grown, raised, caught, and harvested in the region by 2060 (“50 by 60”); sustainable farming and fishing provide healthy food for all; and racial equity and food justice promote dignity and quality of life in thriving communities across New England. A resilient and expanding network of diverse enterprises, operating at different scales across the food system, will be key to achieving this Vision.

Members of the Food Solutions New England network’s Core Team will lead an interactive discussion with local business leaders. We will learn from businesses who are already contributing to the “50 by 60” Vision as well as those who are considering how they can get involved. We will explore critical questions including: What do businesses need to be successful in the emerging New England food system? What kinds of state, local, and federal policies would make success for existing and new enterprises most likely and attract more entrepreneurs and resources? How can the Food Solutions New England network join forces with the Sustainable Business Network and other business and economic development networks to develop shared goals and strategies for collaboration?

Jul
14
Thu
Garden Mixology: Craft Distillers + Local Food in Fenway Gardens @ Symphony Road Community Garden
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

mixologyThe Trustees and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts are excited to present a series of Garden Mixology Classes this summer. Attendees will learn how to craft 3 unique cocktails using local spirits while enjoying appetizers from local caterers and restaurants, all while in a unique urban garden setting.

Join us on Thursday, July 14 in Symphony Road Garden in the Fenway Neighborhood for our second class. Rumson’s Rum is our featured distiller and catering will be provided by Charlton Becker Catering.

Space is limited to 25 participants so reserve your spot now!

Aug
30
Tue
Building a Strong and Vibrant Team: The Role of Authentic Listening in Workplace Negotiation @ SBN Boardroom
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

8.30.b2bIn the workplace, we often spend as much time communicating, negotiating and managing conflict as we do performing our actual jobs. Authentic listening is the #1 skill negotiators need in order to effectively communicate with their counterparts. Attend this B2B to learn the incredibly simple yet incredibly effective three part process of authentic listening that will allow you to breakthrough the dynamics that create positional behavior, conflict, miscommunication and impasse between colleagues.

Facilitator: Justin Wright – Habitus Incorporated
Justin Wright is a consultant, facilitator and executive coach. He has expertise providing transactional assistance, advising clients on behavior change, mediating disputes and providing mediation and negotiation training and executive coaching. Justin has trained and advised individuals at companies such as Anika Therapeutics Inc, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Bavaria, the Better Future Project, Commonwealth Financial, Eastman Chemical, IBM, IFC Cantabria, FINCA International, Neighborworks, the SIGNUM Foundation and Akamai. This corporate training work is complemented by the acedemic teaching Justin has done at Yale and Northeastern University. At present, Justin is focused about training individuals and organizations pursuing missions of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

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

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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 www.BostonLocalFoodFestival.com.

Oct
15
Sat
Local Craft Spirits Festival @ University Park
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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We are pleased to introduce Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) Local Craft Spirits Festival. This is our 7th fall event promoting local craft spirits, brews and artisan beverages. This year the Local Craft Spirits Festival is produced in collaboration with theMassachusetts Distillers Alliance and the Central Square Business Association/Central Square Cultural District. SBN is excited about our new location in Central Square Cambridge, home of the Taste of Cambridge in University Park, Cambridge.

The Local Craft Spirits Festival will gather hundreds of patrons to celebrate the makers of local spirits, artisan beverages, mead, cider and craft brews. Meet the makers behind the distilled products and artisan craft beverages, participate in cocktail demos, enjoy local food, and get to choose Boston’s best local craft Mixologist.

Local Craft Spirits Festival is affiliated with and is a major annual fundraiser for the Annual Boston Local Food Festival, considered New England’s largest one day Farmers’ Market and a celebration of local food. At this year’s Local Craft Spirits Festival, more than 100 local beverage tastings and local food will be on sale VIP tickets are back and this year we’re amping them up!

What’s included with the general admission ticket?

  • 4:00 pm festival entry
  • 3 hours of unlimited tastings from our participating craft distilleries, cideries, meaderies, artisan beverage, and craft brew vendors
  • Access to purchase delicious local food for only $6 or less per serving
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Festival Guide with listing of all vendors
  • Compostable tasting cup
  • Cocktail demos
  • Cocktail Throwdown
  • Supporting the local food movement by raising much needed funds for the Boston Local Food Program

VIP tickets holders get all of the above PLUS:

  • Early admission starting at 3:00 pm
  • Fast lane check-in + Swag
  • One meal voucher to redeem at any of the participating food vendors (including food trucks)
  • $10 off towards the 2017 SBN’s 6th Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest at The Armory, Somerville
Nov
7
Mon
B2B: Emotional Management in the Workplace @ SBN Boardroom
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Good emotional management contributes to better communication, effective management of others and lower stress levels in the workplace, yet to achieve it we must understand the impact of emotions on our nervous systems. Emotional flare up is a product of thee brain systems working in concert and while every emotion feels very different, they all follow the same path through our systems. Come to this B2B to learn how emotions impact our systems and when and how to manage them at work for optimal workplace success.

Facilitator: Justin Wright – Habitus Incorporated

Justin Wright is a consultant, facilitator and executive coach. He has expertise providing transactional assistance, advising clients on behavior change, mediating disputes and providing mediation and negotiation training and executive coaching. Justin has trained and advised individuals at companies such as Anika Therapeutics Inc, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Bavaria, the Better Future Project, Commonwealth Financial, Eastman Chemical, IBM, IFC Cantabria, FINCA International, Neighborworks, the SIGNUM Foundation and Akamai. This corporate training work is complemented by the acedemic teaching Justin has done at Yale and Northeastern University. At present, Justin is focused about training individuals and organizations pursuing missions of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship.

Dec
8
Thu
15th Annual Winter Gala @ Arts at the Armory
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for another fantastic end-of-the-year party! Mark your calendars now– SBN’s 15th Annual Winter Gala will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 7:00-10:00 PM!

We’re excited to host our annual fundraising event at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA. This lively venue will provide the perfect backdrop for a true celebration of all things local. The Gala also features the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Business of the Year Presentations where four businesses will be recognized for their work toward a local, green & fair economy!

Look forward to live music, a delicious locally sourced dinnerprovided by Basil Tree Catering, beverages. live and silent auctions with exciting new items, and so much more!

Interested in donating to our silent auction? E-mail amy@sbnmass.org

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Please bring a valid ID. This event is 21+.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Public transportation and directions to the Armory can be found at http://artsatthearmory.org/about/getting-here/! A free parking lot is located behind the Armory. Additional overflow parking lots are available.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For any questions regarding the event, please call 617-395-0250 or contact Amy Klein at amy@sbnmass.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

In order to reduce waste, please do not print your ticket! Your registration information will be at the door.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds, but tickets may be transferred to another guest.

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

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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!

Agenda:
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.

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

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*TWO TRADE SHOWS, ONE LOCATION, ONE TIME*
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.

Mar
13
Mon
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 www.ceere.org/food