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SustainaBiz conference aims to strengthen Summit

CAITLIN ROWsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – What is sustainability and how can it bolster the health of a business, as well as Summit County’s community as a whole? To answer these questions for local entrepreneurs, organizations and governments, a day-long SustainaBiz 2010 conference is set for June 2 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center.”We just really want to get the word out so entrepreneurs and local business owners sign up and get excited about it,” said Katie Roberts, executive director of SIBA. “It’s a neat opportunity for people to come together to talk about what sustainability means in our community, particularly when you’re running a business.”Co-hosted by the Summit Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) and Our Future Summit, the purpose of SustainaBiz is to give locals and other statewide attendees the tools and information they need to strengthen their own organizations and businesses. “Sustainability is something that’s tough for people to get their arms around, and everyone has a different definition,” said Howard Hallman, executive director of Our Future Summit. “It’s important to take a close look at what we’re doing.”The one-day event will feature numerous local and regional experts, two panel discussions with sustainable-business case studies, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, etc. A SIBA press release said “there are many types of sustainability: Financial and economic, energy conservation, planning, design and construction, transportation, natural resources, social, physical and spiritual. SustainaBiz 2010 will explore all these categories and provide suggestions and solutions.”This is one way of taking an abstract, sustainability, and allowing people to share their ideas and come up with new ideas,” Hallman said. According to Roberts, the conference is designed to be intimate, “in that it’s easy for people to ask questions and feel comfortable talking. Speakers will engage people, not just stand and preach.” It will also feature lots of locals – “People who are really focused and taking action on sustainability and green topics” – and it’s not just for business owners. It’s good for community leaders and groups, too.”We will profile businesses, organizations, nonprofits and governments to look at – not just business owners – but other key players and stakeholders in the community who have connections to business and have impacts on local businesses,” Roberts said. “It’s an entire day of education. It’s more than just a tool.”For more info and to view a detailed schedule, visit http://www.summitindependentbusiness.com.Caitlin Row can be reached at crow@summitdaily.com.


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