In this month's Member Newsletter: Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles, Best for PHL, Program Updates, Ask Patty, Jobs & more!
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Member Newsletter March 2017

Welcome New Members

SBN News & Events

Connection Corner

Member Spotlight

GSI Partners Update

Policy Update

Ask Patty

Best for PHL
Around the Network


Employment Opportunities

Featured Member Discount
Aminata Sandra Calhoun

Bloom & Bloom, LLC

Brio Solutions

Franz Schneider

Frosted Fox Cake Shop


Just about two weeks away ...

To buy tickets and access our event sponsorship packet, click here.
To submit an item for the auction, email Sandy Tribendis at


Entrepreneurs' Roundtable: Councilman Allan Domb
March 15, 8:30 - 10:00 AM
The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia

This event is SOLD OUT.

To kickoff 2017, the Roundtable will host Councilman Allan Domb for a discussion on "Retaining Entrepreneurs and Accelerating Growth."

Councilman Domb has a unique perspective on the difficulties of building a business in Philadelphia. Beginning in 1980, he has worked to create the city's leading condominium brokerage firm. His election to City Council in 2015 was heralded as the ushering in of a new era of public policy within City Hall, as someone who had the business experience to bring innovative, market-savvy solutions to the city's economic problems.

The program will start with a light breakfast and networking, feature an hour of moderated conversation between member businesses and the councilman, and conclude with half an hour of general Q & A.

Email Saleem Chapman to be added to the waiting list. 
The next Entrepreneurs' Roundtable will be held on April 19. 

Did You Know Sustainable Businesses Are Eligible for a Special Tax-Savings Opportunity?

What is the Sustainable Business Tax Credit?
The Sustainable Business Tax Credit offers up to a $4,000 credit on the Business Income and Receipts Tax paid by Philadelphia businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. 

What are the eligibility requirements?
Businesses can demonstrate their commitment by pursuing B-Corporation certification or by completing an application attesting to the sustainability practices of their business. The Office of Sustainability will consider the following

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Visit our event calendar to learn more and register for upcoming events, including the GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting and our next Member Orientation.

TEND landscape inc x Fine Garden Creations x Organic Mechanics Soil
by Julie Snell of TEND landscape inc.

“An SBN/GSI Partners trifecta was born...."

In 2015, the Friends of Rittenhouse Square selected TEND landscape inc. to assist with the redesign of the formal gardens at the center of the park. As it turned out, an SBN/GSI Partners trifecta was born when TEND, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and Fine Garden Creations joined forces to see the design and implementation through from start to finish.

TEND’s design of the garden required a full renovation, beginning with the soil. When exploring ways to improve the existing soil conditions, TEND reached out to Mark Highland, owner of Organic Mechanics Soil Company. Together, TEND and Mark developed a custom specification using biochar, supplied by Organic Mechanics, and liquid biological amendments....

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Carry That Weight
Firth and Wilson Transport Cycle's New Fleet
by Bradford Bucknum

"It certainly makes sense to investigate as many funding sources as possible." David Wilson

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reports that “Philadelphia has more people commuting by bicycle, per capita, than any of the other ten biggest cities in the United States” (“Bike Commuting”). And as more urban commuters opt to ride their bicycles to work and across town, Philly’s bicycle culture continues to grow at a swift pace. Philadelphia now has a bike share program, Indego, and continues to welcome a proliferation of bike lanes. It’s not a strange or uncommon site to see a coworker arrive in lycra shorts before changing into more professional garb at the beginning of the workday.

But still, even as more and more urban commuters are choosing to bike to work or social gatherings, it is easy to understand why the casual cyclist quickly abandons his or her bicycle for a car — his or her own, a rental, or via a ride-share application — once a heavy or awkward grocery bag enters into the equation.

A solution: transport cycles and cargo bikes.....

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GSI Partners: March Update
Save the Date for the Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony

The Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony is the region’s only event that celebrates and elevates green stormwater infrastructure projects, the triple bottom line (TBL) benefits of GSI, and the many project partners who make these projects successful.
 SBN’s GSI Partners will host the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards on Thursday, May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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The Education Crisis Is the Business Crisis
by Saleem Chapman


Philadelphia’s education crisis is a business crisis. The quality of the labor force is the biggest challenge confronting businesses in the region. If Philadelphia is unable to cultivate a local talent pipeline, businesses will face tremendous difficulty finding the workers they need to compete in a globally and technologically powered economy. If the Philadelphia workforce is unable to meet the skills demand, the region will be unable to attract and retain business. Education is more critical than ever....To continue reading, click here

Stay informed of our advocacy work by visiting The Good Economist at its new home on Medium. 
Blue Door Group, LLC Presents:
Ask Patty: Aligning Process and Purpose

Dear Patty,

Help! My office has a LOT of meetings. I groan loudly — internally! — when I hear it’s time for a meeting. Do you have any tips for improving the effectiveness of our meetings that I could share with staff?


Dying Inside During Meetings

To read Patty's response, click here.

Introducing the Best for PHL Initiative
Are you Best for PHL?

Best for PHL is a new and innovative program by ImpactPHL that will build and grow the impact economy in Philadelphia, making it a global leader in business. The program works to encourage, equip, and recognize companies of all sizes and sectors in the Philadelphia region who commit to positive impact, and sustain their ongoing participation in the region’s impact economy.

Best for PHL is looking for companies to participate on two different levels: Community Members and Community Champions. Each organization can attend an assessment workshop to take the Quick Impact Assessment which measures what matters regarding a business’s social and environmental impact. After participants complete the assessment, they are invited to make a pledge to improve one area or aspect of their business. Once the Quick Impact Assessment is completed and an area of improvement is pledged, participants will be recognized as a Community Member. At this point, participants will receive the Best for PHL Community Member logo to use in digital communications, be connected to the Best for PHL Mentor Network, gain public recognition as a Best for PHL Community Member, and network with other like-minded companies....

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Falls Flowers is Growing
Falls Flowers is moving around the corner to 3507 Midvale Avenue this Spring! With a new name (Vault + Vine), bigger space (4,600 sq ft), and plans for a cafe and greenhouse, they are asking for help to hit their target of hosting a Grand Opening date of May 5, 2017. Click here to visit their IndieGoGo campaign and help Fall Flowers purchase equipment for the cafe and complete the interior fit out for the retail space. 

Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce Storefront Improvement Program
The program encourages business and property owners within targeted neighborhoods to improve the exterior of their properties, making the areas more attractive to shoppers and increasing their vitality. The program can reimburse up to 50% of the cost of eligible improvements to a maximum of $10,000 for a single commercial property, or up to $15,000 for a multiple-address or corner business property. To determine if your property qualifies, contact Giana Lawrence at To view a list of eligible corridors, or to apply, visit

Learn to cook and support SBN
On Friday March 31, at Spogue Kitchen and Bath, SBN member Rich Lawrence of Lawrence Wealth Management is hosting an informal cooking class with Sheri DeMaris, Natural Foods Chef. Enjoy an informal cooking class, a meal, and wine while learning about impact investing and supporting SBN. Register here

Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Certificate
Offered at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Penn State Great Valley's Distributed Energy and Grid Modernization Graduate Certificate program is designed for current and aspiring practitioners who seek advanced skills for advancing the electric power generation, distribution, and energy management sectors. Upon successful completion of the certificate, the student will be able to distinguish stakeholder perspectives across utility scale and microgrid systems, explain the characteristics of distributed energy generation systems with respect to electric grid integration, and appraise existing electric grid systems for opportunities to apply grid modernization strategies. Click here to learn more


TONIGHT: Free Networking Event with Councilman Allan Domb, March 8, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Businesses that have joined Wage Change are invited to this exclusive networking event with City Councilman Allan Domb. Click here to learn how to RSVP and get involved with the Wage Change initiative. 

Green Economy Fair, March 10, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Presented by the Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center: Meet the business and nonprofit entrepreneurs who are creating the Green Economy of the future locally and globally. Panel discussion (10:00 AM) includes Julie Zeglan (Generocity), Emily Schapira (Philadelphia Energy Authority), Micah Gold-Markel (Solar-States), Jack Griffin (Metropolis Farms), Mark Vanderhelm (VP of Energy and Waste, Walmart), and Kristen Seale (Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance). Click here to learn more

Entrepreneur Works: "Finance Your Small Business," March 20, 6:00 PM.The Small Business Administration will moderate a financing panel including panelists in the fields of lending, microlending, and economic development from the Philadelphia region. Presented in partnership with the US Small Business AdministrationEastern PA District Office; this is a free event. Click here to register

Philadelphia Social Impact Career Fair, March 23, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Villanova University. The Philadelphia Social Impact Career Fair is for students and employers dedicated to having a social impact.  This includes nonprofit, education, government, healthcare, post-graduate service and other socially innovative organizations. Click here to register, either as an employer or a job seeker. 

Greensgrow Celebrates 20 Years, March 25 & 26. You’re invited to help Greensgrow kick off their anniversary year with a Welcome Celebration on March 25 & 26. They will unveil their new mural and a tiny house, as well as announce the recipients of Mary’s Community Fund. Click here to learn more

Alfrea Presents: 1st Annual Social Harvest Festival, March 25. The social entrepreneurial community of will be hosting two back-to-back celebrations in its first annual Social Harvest Festival. Activities will amplify the exciting work of so many dedicated to ensuring healthy local food is available for all. Additionally, this event will raise necessary funds to ensure the local foods movement continues increasing in impact. Click here to learn more about the event. For those that want to be further involved, please reach out to Lindsey Ricker at for vendor and sponsorship opportunities. 

Green Philly Presents "Beyond the Blog: Careers in Sustainability Panel
," March 26, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Want to find a career that makes an impact? Whether you're seeking a career in sustainability or an industry veteran, you'll learn about how professionals in nonprofits, local government, a Fortune 500 company, and entrepreneur have made an impact through their careers. Click here to register and learn more


Meet the Lenders 2017, April 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Meet the Lenders is an event that focuses on assisting small businesses—existing and start-up, alike— to identify financing solutions. This event will provide a forum for businesses to present their financing needs to area lenders. At the event, lenders will briefly meet with business owners, review their financing needs, and schedule more detailed interviews with business owners whose needs may be a match with their lending portfolio. To optimize event time for all participants, each entrepreneur will be given 10 minutes to make their pitch to a particular lender then move on to another lender. Register here.

Social Innovations Institute's Social Innovations Lab, April 11-13. The Social Innovations Lab provides a framework to explore how social innovation and enterprise can provide solutions to society’s most pressing issues such as social justice, poverty, healthcare, education, food/nutrition, and economic development.  The Social Innovations Lab takes a participant through the process of developing a social enterprise including idea exploration, testing, and plan execution.  The Lab specifically teaches participants with an interest in working in the social sector how to create and maintain an adaptive and generative orientation to grapple with the complex social reality that challenges our world.  The Social Innovations Lab is designed for those who have a deep interest in the development, leadership, and management of the 4th Sector, where the boundaries between the public, government, private, and not-for-profit sectors are blurred as many pioneering organizations and entrepreneurs have been blending social and environmental aims with business approaches. Seating is limitedPurchase your tickets here

Embodied Diversity Dialogue, April 21, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Presented by Blue Door Group: In this workshop, the presenters will draw on both techniques of applied theater and the practices of Transformational Social Therapy (TST) to engage participants in dialogue through both speaking and movement. Participants will use status activities, games, and movement exercises as a way to open up conversations and provide a starting point for naming connections, and disconnections, related to race, class, gender, and other social identities and barriers that we navigate in our daily lives. Register here. 

Advertising and Distribution Associate
Grid Magazine

Senior Civil Engineer

Project Officer Position
LISC Philadelphia

Partnership & Productivity
Witty Gritty

Landscape Designer / Estimator
GreenWeaver Landscapes

Practical Energy Solutions

Fine Garden Creations

Membership and Coordination Intern

Communications Coordinator
Mazzoni Center

Development Manager
Neighborhood Bike Works

EEO Balance Corporation
10% discount on all services (except international retreats). Erin’s practical strategies, Eastern-inspired wisdom and two decades of professional experience as an entrepreneur, leader, consultant, and coach provide a profoundly inspirational message to a wide array of audiences. Her well-rounded background makes her a valuable speaker on topics such as work-life balance, productivity, nutrition, sustainable living, and East-meet-West philosophy. Erin keeps audiences thoroughly engaged and intrigued, no matter what the format – keynote address, conference, workshop, panelist, or round table.

For more information, click here!


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