The 11th New England Local Economy Regional Gathering (and First NELEN Gathering) a Success!

Thanks to all who attended the latest New England gathering of local economy advocates and organizers, held at Arts at the Armory in Somerville MA.  We were thrilled to have representatives from the following networks and organizations present:

  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMBIA)
  • Belknap Independent Business Alliance
  • Belmont/Watertown Local First
  • Brookline Local First
  • Cambridge Local First
  • JP Local First
  • Nearby Registry
  • Pioneer Valley Local First
  • Seacoast Local
  • Somerville Local First
  • Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
  • The Elephant Walk Restaurant
  • The People’s Pint
  • Waltham Local First (A potential organization)

We saw great presentations from Joe Grafton of AMIBA, Alden Booth of the People’s Pint which were inspiritng and laid out a vision for both network development and growth and operating a business with people, the community and the planet as a priority.

We also did great work together to go deep on Board Development, Loyalty Programs, Strengthening our Messaging in the Community and Developing a Playbook for approaching large sponsors for our organizations.

We look forward to our fall gathering, likely to be held in Portsmouth in September.

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The NELEN Steering Committee

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