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Green Business Conference

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Don't miss this great conference–join Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation and over 350 progressive business leaders at the upcoming Green Business Conference April 17-20 in Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center (right before the first Chicago Green Festival.)

If you haven't made your decision yet – here is our top ten list–that might just help you:

1. We have 12 scholarships for small, emerging green businesses. To qualify, call Jami at 202-872-5330(only $295)!

2. Hear from industry leaders Ray Anderson from Interface Flor, Dominique Conseil from AVEDA, and Michael Crooke from Revolution Living about their journeys toward sustainability.

3. Eric Friedenwald-Fishman will tell you about 10 practices that will profit your business and change the planet.

4. Green your workplace! Reduce your carbon footprint! Leave with a plan to do your part to reduce global warming... and Van Jones, a human rights advocate, profiles the successes in creating 'green-color' jobs in underserved communities.

5. Hear from Seth Goldman, President of Honest Tea, and his insights on making a successful business happen – including finding the money, jump-starting sales and growing to scale.

6. GreenBiz.'s Joel Makower takes on the challenge of how green businesses can survive and thrive in the growing green economy as corporate America makes more and bigger 'green' commitments.

7. The new LOHAS Trends Report will be presented documenting the size and state-of-the-green business sector! Be among the first to see these numbers and have the data to grow your business!

8. Take a tour of the green side of Chicago in the Green City Business Tour–see the city's first eco-industrial park and cutting-edge green technologies.

9. Hear from Chicago leaders on how Chicago is embracing sustainability–Mayor Richard M. Daley; Sadhu A Johnston, Commissioner of Environment; Laura Flanigan and Peter Nicholson from Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance; Jim Slama of FamilyFarmed initiative; and Mike Jones, Consolidated Printing Company.

10. Come and network and nourish your soul! Meet new friends and colleagues, eat great vegetarian/organic local cuisine, dance the night away, chill out in the lounge, and recharge your battery!

View the complete Program at

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