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Member Newsletter January 2017

Welcome New Members

SBN News & Events

Member Spotlight

GSI Partners Update

Policy Update

Around the Network
Member Events

Employment Opportunities

Featured Member Discount
SBN Annual Members Meeting and 
the Return of the Generosity Marketplace

Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Moore College of Art & Design

"The Generosity Marketplace was one of the first places where we connected with the sustainable business community," said Milkcrate founder Morgan Berman. "When we were launching our business, the event was an important way for us to get comfortable with networking and learning how to ask for help."

At this year's Annual Meeting, the Generosity Marketplace will make its much-anticipated return! The Marketplace gives attendees the opportunity to share their biggest business challenge and have SBN members weigh in with their experience and expertise to find solutions. Come prepared to talk about something in your business that you are looking to improve. After the discussion you will leave the meeting with some answers and feeling inspired and revitalized!

To see the agenda and register, click here


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

Save the Date for SustainaBall 2017!
Friday, March 24, 7:30 - 11:00 PM
University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

Tickets to go on sale soon!

Making Space for Possibility
The Crossroads Women's Center Story
by Bradford Bucknum


“New ideas must use old buildings.”

This quote from Jane Jacobs’ seminal work, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, responds to development in cities fraught with new construction projects. She writes, “If a city area has only new buildings, the enterprises that can exist there are automatically limited to those that can support the high costs of new construction.” For her, the ordinary enterprises that are “necessary to the safety and public life of streets and neighborhoods,” and that will most likely not be able to pay back the requisite high debts of a new construction project, will take up residence in old buildings.

These spaces require vision, but also, it is these spaces that support risk, vision, trial and error, and business decisions that take into account more than a conventional bottom line. In this way, the link between space and mission is undeniable.

Think about space .... To continue reading, and to learn about Crossroads Women's Center's work and history, click here

Call for Nominations:
Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony

The Greater Philadelphia Area is a leader in the green stormwater infrastructure industry (GSI) due to the efforts of countless businesses, individuals, developers and property owners, and government and non-profit institutions. SBN’s GSI Partners are hosting the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards ceremony to bring the region’s GSI industry together in order to recognize the projects and partners that advance innovation and demonstrate the environmental, social, and economic benefits of GSI. There are only a few weeks left to nominate outstanding projects and individuals.

Learn more about the five categories for nominations and sponsorship opportunities here.
To improve the small business climate in Philadelphia, SBN has advocated for the city to adopt a Business Owner Bill of Rights, a list of conduct requirements for small business inspections that would include a detailed description of a fair and timely appeals process for citations.

To recap the need for this legislation we are reposting the following article written about June's Entrepreneurs' Roundtable with Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger. Stay informed of our advocacy work as this legislation works its way through City Hall by visiting The Good Economist at its new home on Medium. 
Boosting Your Bottom Line: 
Fostering a Business-Friendly Regulatory Climate
by Saleem Chapman

Owning a business in Philadelphia is not for the faint-hearted. From convoluted tax forms to inconsistent enforcement practices, Philadelphia’s regulatory climate has rightfully earned the notorious reputation of discouraging business formation and growth. A recent study gave the city a “C+” grade for its regulatory friendliness, demonstrating the demand for greater transparency and accountability in the delivery of government services.

Optimism, however, can be derived from the growing political will to shed this negative reputation and recast the perception of our city. Less obvious, however, is the sort of action needed to be taken.... To continue reading, click here 

For policy updates, visit/follow The Good Economist on Medium.

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to garden this year?
If you are looking for space to grow food, or if you have space that you want to rent to others to grow food, check out Alfrea, an online social network devoted to making it easier for more people to have access to local, sustainably grown food.


The Office of Complete Streets, as part of the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), is seeking quotes for proposals for two projects:
1.) development of branding and other design materials and a marketing strategy to ensure all eligible Philadelphia residents are aware of the City’s Vision Zero efforts to reduce traffic related fatalities to zero by 2030; and
2.) designing a website to ensure all eligible Philadelphia residents are aware of the Vision Zero effort.

Applications for the next Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses cohort are due February 8. 
Through this program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management that can immediately be put into action. In addition, they will receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.

Across the U.S., 10,000 Small Businesses graduates are increasing their revenues and creating new jobs in their communities: 60.9% reported creating new jobs, 81.9% reported an increase in revenue, 85% are doing business with each other, and the program has a 99% completion rate.

Selected applicants will gain access to a world-class business education and connections to a professional support network at no cost. If you're a small business owner interested in taking your business to the next level, apply now.

Environmental Solutions Network provides a forum for environmental managers and directors to exchange ideas, share best practices, and get answers to questions around regulatory compliance and sustainability in the manufacturing, healthcare, and higher education sectors. We encourage the free exchange of suggestions related to long-term environmental compliance and moving beyond compliance to fully earth-friendly, sustainable operations.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting in the business, this group will be a valuable resource and will provide an opportunity to network with your peers.

To learn more about this LinkedIn group, click here. (You will have to log in.)
• Winter Group Show at Twenty-Two Gallery: Opening Reception. Friday January 13, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. This is an annual show featuring original works in many mediums and styles by local artists.  Exhibition and sale continues through February 5, 2017. Learn more at

PIDC and the City of Philadelphia present two workshops designed to help small business owners understand city taxes, including tax credits as incentives to offset business tax liabilities. Click the following links to register for Wage and Earnings Taxes and Job Tax Credits  (1/17) and Use and Occupancy v. Property/Real Estate Tax and Tax Exemptions (1/31). 

• Introduction to Transformational Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation, January 19-20. Transformational Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation is a method of engendering intergroup cooperation and understanding through dialogue. It is specifically focused on helping teachers, leaders, trainers, and managers to create productive spaces for learning and problem-solving across differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, age, ability and sexual orientation. This program is an interactive, participant-focused opportunity to help improve one's skills in facilitating and leading diverse groups within classrooms, organizations, and communities. Co-facilitated by Hillary Blecker (The Blue Door Group) and Tchet Dorman (Pyramid Consulting Services). Learn more and register.

• Social Media 101: Interactive Workshop, January 31, 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Hosted by Green Philly Company and led by Julie Hancher, a local sustainability expert, this workshop is ideal for businesses considering how to maximize their social media pursuits and procedures. The workshop costs $75, but using the offer code SBNmember, members will receive $10 off the ticket price. Register here

Community Engagement & Marketing Associate
Strategy Arts

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Beautiful Business, LLC

Event Coordinator Intern
Green Philly

Social Media Intern
Green Philly

Editorial Intern
Green Philly

Program Support Coordinator
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