Vermont working lands entrepreneurs will present their businesses to an audience of investors, service providers, and fellow entrepreneurs on December 6, 2017. A plenary panel of entrepreneurs, capital providers, and service providers will explore business owner succession planning and exit strategies, building off of key takeaways from the Farm to Plate Network Gathering. The event will be the third entrepreneur showcase convened by Slow Money Vermont.
The following entrepreneurs will be presenting:
- Zenbarn--building community from soil to soul
- Kimball Brook Farm--choose what goes into your body--and into your milk
- Metta Earth--a center for contemplative ecology and regenerative food systems
- Eden Specialty Ciders--unique expressions of extraordinary apples
- Kingdom View Compost at Tamarlane Farm--a community composter
The showcase event will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to share their stories and network with investors and service providers to help shape the future of the Vermont working lands economy. The event has a registration fee of $35. Ticket sales end Friday, 12/1/17 at 5 p.m. The showcase will run from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on the Burlington waterfront. In addition to entrepreneur presentations, the event will include ample time for networking. Light refreshments featuring local products will be provided by Love Local Catering, paid for by a donation from The Skinny Pancake. A cash bar will be available.
Space is limited, so advance registration is required. More information and ticket registration can be found at www.milkmoneyvt.com/slowmoneyvt2017showcase
The plenary panel exploring business owner succession planning and exit strategies with feature:
- Janice St. Onge - President, Flexible Capital Fund
- Allison Hooper - Former owner of Vermont Creamery
- Bill Cherry - Founder & Brewmaster, Switchback Brewing Company
- Matt Cropp - Associate Director, Vermont Employee Ownership Center
- Moderated by Eric DeLuca, Principal, Leverage Point Consulting & Chair of Slow Money VT
Slow Money Vermont informs, inspires and connects individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system. “Entrepreneur showcases are at the heart of Slow Money’s mission to catalyze the flow of capital to local food systems and bring money back down to earth,” says Eric DeLuca, chair of Slow Money Vermont - a task force within the Vermont Farm to Plate Network—the 350+ organizations responsible for implementing Vermont’s food system plan.
Vermont is a hotbed of entrepreneurship and the Slow Money Vermont network complements the financing options available statewide to working lands entrepreneurs. Slow Money catalyzes the ability of local impact investors to engage directly in their communities. Through events, network development, and outreach, Slow Money Vermont seeks to increase the flow of knowledge and capital in support of Vermont working lands enterprises.
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Slow Money Vermont is honored to acknowledge the following sponsors, without whom this work would not be possible:
Marquee Sponsor: Moulton Law Group
Showcase Sponsors: City Market, Clean Yield Asset Management, Milk Money VT, Trillium Asset Management, Merritt & Merritt, VSECU, Vermont Employee Ownership Center
Slow Money VT Allies: Vermont Community Loan Fund, Flexible Capital Fund
Friends of Slow Money VT: Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Venue Partner: Main Street Landing
Slow Money Vermont informs, inspires and connects individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system. Slow Money Vermont activities catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont is a project of the Farm to Plate Network to help reach Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system plan goals to increase investments and financial partnerships in farm and food enterprises. Learn more at: www.facebook.com/slowmoneyvermont.