Slow Money NYC presents at Brooklyn Food Conference
May 10, 2012

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Brooklyn Food Conference
Saturday May 12, 2012
Brooklyn Technical High school, 29 Fort Greene Place (between Lafayette and Dekalb)

Over 5,000 people are expected to attend Brooklyn Food Conference. It’s free! This all day event will be filled with keynotes from notable food activists, workshops, panel discussions, food demos, family programming, art and more.92 Page Program PDF with maps, schedules

The 2012 Conference will help strengthen the cooperative effort of individuals, groups and organizations working for a healthy, sustainable and fair food system. Here’s theSchedule.

Come visit Slow Money NYC all day at our Expo Table in 7th Floor Cafeteria!

Having a hard time choosing which of the 170 workshops to attend? Look no further.  We’ve made it easy on you.

Slow Money NYC has coordinated a consecutive series of



Session 1: 11:00-12:15 pm | Bring Money Down To Earth: Everyone is an Investor in Food | Room 6S6 (6th Floor)

The food system and the finance system are both broken. How can we fix them? First, buy local. Next, invest local. Slow Money NYC presents an informative workshop about new opportunities to shift your money to build the local, sustainable food system.

Speakers: Brian Kaminer, Slow Money NYC (NYC LION and FarmCityFund); Elizabeth Bueno, Acción USA; Erin Barnes, and Jay Lee,

Session 2: 12:30-1:45 pm | Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’? Financing Food & Farm Business | Room 6S6 (6th Floor)

Do you have a small, sustainable food or farming business that needs capital to start up or grow? Slow Money NYC leads a workshop exploring diverse new models of funding available to food businesses in NYC from several aligned organizations.

Speakers: Derek Denckla, Slow Money NYC (NYC LION,; Elizabeth Bueno, Acción USA; Erin Barnes, IOBY; Michelle Hughes, GROWNYC New Farmer Development Project and Jay Lee, SmallKnot.


Session 3: 2:00-3:15p | Entrepreneur Mentoring with Acción | Room 6S6

Participants and entrepreneurs in this workshop will hear a brief introduction from industry experts serving as business coaches. Afterwards, participants meet in small groups for two 20-minute “speed coaching” rounds. Entrepreneurs will leave this workshop ready to tackle or improve their business’ marketing, labeling/ packaging, market share, cash flow

Mentors: Erica Dorn, Business Development Officer, AcciónUSA; Elizabeth Bueno, Senior Loan Consultant at AcciónUSA; Amelia Ekus, Director of Community Development at Epicurean (Restaurant) Management;Rich Awn, Co-Founder of Market Share, Media Professional and Master Brewer of Mombucha; Amanda Neville, Marketing Consultant; Mandy Gresh, Coach/Consultant;Beth Linskey, Owner, Beth’s Farm Kitchen LLC.

Session 4: 3:30-4:45p | B Corporations: Creating Impact Through the Food Chain | Room 6S6

Learn about 3 Brooklyn Certified B Corps in the food/beverage industry that are providing healthy products AND creating impact through their supply chains. B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability, and redefine success in business.  Certification leads to investor and consumer confidence and reduces “greenwashing”.

Speakers: Nathan Gilbert, B Lab (Certified B Corps); Dan MacCombie, Runa (Tea); Amy Osekowsky, Liga Masiva; and Dawn Techow, Peeled Snacks

Other Recommended Workshops in Business and Economic Development Series:

  • The Dinner Party Method for Business Planning and Social Venture Development| Claire Hartten & Christin Rico, Green Rabbits
  • Food and Tech: Data, Collaboration and Digital Innovation | Danielle Gould et al.
  • $ Need Money? Fundraising Strategies for Your Green Project | Maria Giamperi, ioby et al
  • How Food Law Can Help you Build Better Food Business | Jason Foscolo, Attorney et al
  • Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Food Venture | Neil Stevenson, Lawyers’ Alliance et al
  • Manufacturing Food in a Big City | Alissa Weiss, NYC City Council (Quinn) et al

Perks for Parents: Free Childcare all day!!! 8th Floor Teachers’ Lounge.

Kids’ Activities in 1st Floor Gym from 11:00 am – 3:00pm

Youth Summit in 8th Floor Gym from 11:00 – 4:45 pm