When: January 30, 2012, 5:30 pm, Where: Featherbed Railroad B&B, 2870 Lakeshore Blvd., Nice, CA and via Webinar Suggested Donation: $5 for Thrive Members, $10 for non-members to defray expenses.
____New "Triple Bottom Line" Business Network to Hold
Workshop on January 30
Thrive Lake County, a new
socially responsible business network, will hold a workshop on January 30, 2012
from 5:30p m to 8 pm at both the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast on 2870
Lakeshore Blvd. in Nice, and online via webinar.
"Real Prosperity Starts Here"
is the organizing principal for Thrive Lake County, a grassroots movement
made up of business owners, non-profit leaders, and individuals who support a
move away from Wall Street capitalism and towards a Main Street market economy.
Thrive Lake County emphasizes a local cooperative approach that focuses on the
"Triple Bottom Line”:creating
business economic success, a healthy environment, and fair and just
relationships with all people. This "people, planet, profit"
social entrepreneurship is recreating communities and livelihoods around
Thrive Lake County is a member
of BALLE: the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (http://livingeconomies.org).
BALLE is North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible
businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks in 30 U.S. states and
Canadian provinces representing over 22,000 independent business members across
the U.S. and Canada.
The January 30, 2012 Thrive
Lake County workshop agenda includes:
An introduction to Thrive Lake County and the international BALLE
A new look at community financial "leakage" (money leaving
Lake County) and resulting opportunities,
Case studies describing how prosperous Lake County businesses achieve
success through their "triple bottom line" approach, and
A look at ways attendees might use BALLE tools and processes to
improve their own triple bottom line.
Tony Barthel, proprietor of the
Featherbed Railroad B&B and a member of the Thrive! Advisory Committee,
commented on the new organization, " It's time we move away from investing
in wall street businesses that use our money to make themselves money, and look
towards providing a way to put Lake County investor dollars into local
Carol Cole-Lewis, Director of
the Lake County Time Bank and Internet Marketing consultant, who attended BALLE
training this year: "According to BALLE research, over 4 billion dollars
of Lake County citizens’ assets are invested in wall street financial
instruments alone. If we were to redirect even a fraction of that
investment to locally-owned ventures, we could significantly improve our local
Denise Rushing, Northshore
District 3 County Supervisor, and business development entrepreneur, attended a
BALLE training in 2009 and again in September of this year. Rushing explains,
"The only way we can achieve real prosperity here in our County is if we
look to ourselves to co-create solutions. Many local groups have a
piece of this puzzle. Thrive Lake County will not only provide a forum for
connection, but will also look towards nurturing current and new businesses
seeking to solve our most pressing community needs."
There is a requested donation of$5 for Thrive members and $10 for non-members
to defray expenses. (members contact Carol for the discount code)
_To sign up for the January 30th meeting online webinar, click here:
_Picture: The Share Exchange, a collaborative business development space in Santa Rosa, is an example of what Thrive! Lake County could become.
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