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Member Newsletter February 2017

Welcome New Members

SBN News & Events

Member Spotlight

GSI Partners Update

Policy Update

Ask Patty

Around the Network

Employment Opportunities

Featured Member Discount

SBN Member Orientation

February 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
City CoHo, 2401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, 1st Floor

As a new member to SBN, a long-time veteran, or someone looking for a low-key opportunity to learn more about the organization and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs, Member Orientation will offer insight on membership benefits and marketing opportunities, as you connect with other attendees, staff, and members in a casual and conversational setting. 

RSVP here.

SBN's Best Practice Forum:
Branding and Messaging for the Sustainable Business

February 23, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
We Work, 1601 Market St., Philadelphia

As sustainability continues to become popularized, truly committed business leaders must differentiate themselves by communicating with genuine authenticity in language that resonates with their target audience. Learn marketing and communication best practices for promoting the sustainability efforts of your business. Case studies will include branding used in the energy efficiency and green building industries.

After the presentation, members of an expert panel will offer their insights and ideas in response to the case study, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Open to the public; free for members. 

Register here.

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


Visit our event calendar to learn more and register for upcoming events, including Entrepreneurs' Roundtable, GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting and the Excellence in GSI Award Ceremony.

A Culture of Reflection Is a Culture of Innovation
The Message Agency Story
by Bradford Bucknum

“To me, business is personal. I cannot separate the two.” -Marcus Iannozzi


From the Latin, reflexionem“a bending back."

Any attempt to undervalue the role reflection plays in innovation would be a fool’s errand. Whatever the purpose of innovation — products, services, workplace culture, societal impact — conscientious reflection precedes, and even incites, innovative thinking. How else can you consciously re-think or challenge the conventional structures and practices of business that inform how a company engages with its community, both within its walls and beyond, without first looking back so as to look forward?

This is why I find it important to note the etymology of word reflection. The root of this word takes the concept of how one thinks about the world around them and hurls it out of a site of thinking into a place of action. I also find the action of bending back an instructive image for thinking about innovation in the third sector. The task at hand for many social enterprises is not to create a brand-new economic system but to reevaluate and reconsider how business can be a force for good, how seemingly rigid conventions can be curved. 

To continue reading, and to learn about Message Agency, click here

GSI Partners: February Update
SBN Announces Recipients of GSI Monitoring Grant Pilot Program
SBN, via the GSI Partners, developed a monitoring grant pilot program to support data collection on the performance of private GSI projects and encourage its dissemination. Further data collection of these sites and their stormwater management practices will support the GSI Partners’ objectives for research and innovation to advance the state-of-the-art of the GSI industry. We congratulate the following recipients of our GSI Monitoring Grant pilot program
and thank the property owners for opening their sites to data collection.

To see the list and learn more, click here.

Click below to read the latest articles from The Good Economist:

Decline or Opportunism: The State of Community Banking
by Saleem Chapman

Reducing Regulation or Adding Complication?
by Saleem Chapman

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,

I am responsible for on-boarding new employees at our company, as well as the ongoing training and professional development for our more experienced employees. Do you have any quick tips for making sure employees get the maximum benefit from my trainings?


Trainer Guy

To read Patty's response, click here.

Supporting Youth Power
Rebel Ventures' partnership with the School District of Philadelphia

Imagine. You are a high school student in Philadelphia and last month every public school in the city received a delicious, healthy product that you helped conceive, develop, and bring to market. Pretty incredible, right? This is the Rebel Ventures story. 

When Jarrett Stein became a nutrition teacher after graduating from college he quickly realized that he was not the ideal messenger to persuade kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. But he was smart enough to listen to the students and trust them to become stakeholders in their own education. “We need healthier snacks in school,” they told him.

“I’m not a huge fan of rules so we threw out the old curriculum and made a kitchen in the classroom,” said Jarrett. “The students started making snacks and selling them to their friends.”

As the students continued to experiment with new recipes and see the popularity of their snacks grow among peers, Jarrett encouraged them to continue to take the lead of their own education, specifically when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating. He also realized the power of peer influence and wanted to find a way to continue to affirm the “power, potential, energy, and creativity high school students have,” he said.

The result: Rebel Ventures, a youth-powered company that “sells affordable products that create healthier communities...."

To continue reading, click here


12th Annual Environmental Community Service Award
Region-Wide Search Spearheaded by Wawa, 6abc and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP will award $10,000 in Honorariums (Application Deadline: March 20, 2017). To learn more, click here

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


Twenty-Two Gallery Presents: Gigi Louise Lawrence "Painting, Drawings, and Collage," February 10 - March 5. Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. To learn more, click here

Multimodal Happy Hour, February 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Hosted by GoPhillyGo, SPOKE magazine, and Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles at Fergie's Pub. To learn more and register, click here.

Best for PHL Workshop, February 21, 8:00 - 10:00 AM. Best for PHL aims to discover, encourage, equip, and celebrate businesses in the Philadelphia region that improve the quality of life for all Philadelphians. It begins with a FREE online tool that enables the business to evaluate its impact on Philadelphia's workers, communities, and the environment. The assessment also offers feedback for how the business might improve its operations and provides suggestions for some "quick wins." Seating is limited. Register here

Philadelphia Butterfly Pavilion and Insectarium Grand Opening, February 21, 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Learn more about this unique museum that is home to many rare and exotic anthropods. The new 7,000 square foot butterfly pavilion is one of the largest of its kind in North America. RSVP, including the number of guests, to the Grand Opening here


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).


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.

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. 
Senior Engineer Position

Project Officer Position
LISC Philadelphia

Partnership & Productivity
Witty Gritty

Supervisor of Environmental Landscape Operations
GreenWeaver Landscapes

Landscape Designer / Estimator
GreenWeaver Landscapes

Mechanical Engineer
Practical Energy Solutions

Advertising Sales Associate
Grid Magazine

Blue Door Group, LLC
A $75 one-hour consultation with any member business on our training, facilitation, and/or strategic planning services. The focus of Blue Door is interaction and participation. We design, facilitate, and teach interactive processes for learning and for capacity-building. To learn more, visit

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