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Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia 2014 – Miami @ Miami Beach Convention Center
Apr 15 – Apr 19 all-day


Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, will be speaking at the Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia 2014 in Miami, one of the world’s largest impact investing conferences. More than 350 speakers are on the agenda, and attendees include major financial institutions, impact investing funds, individual investors, foundations, NGOs, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, academics, students, corporations, small & medium-sized businesses, sustainability-based organizations, and government officials.

Conference Goals

  • Promote economic development within the region by utilizing Impact Investing + Financial, Social & Environmental Sustainability.
  • Establish Miami as a capital of Impact Investing + Financial, Social & Environmental Sustainability  for Latin America, the Caribbean and the state of Florida. Contribute and support continued construction of the local social enterprise ecosystem.
  • Educate traditional finance (private banking, venture capital, and angel investment) about investment opportunities within Impact Investing + Financial, Social & Environmental Sustainability. Leverage Miami’s reputation as a regional financial capital.
  • Act as a primary connecting point to the Latin American/ Caribbean Diaspora, from whom it is believed some of the next great leaders in this space can come. The Diaspora may also represent a material source of capital for both existing and new organizations within the region.
  • Work in collaboration with other organizations and conferences in establishing effective and standard investment metrics within the industry.

The Impact Conference @ Sustainatopia 2014 is an excellent opportunity to learn, network, and connect with hundreds of top global impact leaders and organizations.

Think Outside the Boss Workshop @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm


The goal of Think Outside the Boss is to help community members start and maintain worker-owned businesses, and to understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment and community wealth-building. It is hosted by both the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and the Green Collar Communities of the East Bay Community Law Center.

Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, fundraising, and more — including resources and information on:

      • what worker-owned businesses are and the advantage of forming one,
      • how to run your business democratically,
      • how to spread ownership and control across a group of people,
      • the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative,
      • how to raise money from your collective, your community, and even the bank,
      • laws about how to treat your workers
      • and more!

After the presentations, there will be an opportunity to network with real worker-owners, financial institutions, and other cooperative resource providers. The first 45 attendees will receive a manual on “How to Start a Worker-Owned Business!”

Sustainable Enterprise Conference @ Sonoma Mountain Village
Apr 30 – May 1 all-day


The Sustainable Enterprise Conference focuses on meeting the following objectives and providing these benefits to attendees:

  1. Understand the term sustainability and the opportunities it presents.
  2. Identify successful strategies for economic resilience in a global economy.
  3. Relate environmental policies and ways in which enterprises can prosper from these policies.
  4. Offer tools that are strategic and practical – from generating a vision of a sustainable enterprise, to optimizing resource management, to metrics systems for measuring progress.
  5. Illustrate, through experiences or cases, the rewards and risks of sustainability initiatives as an entrepreneur or within a larger enterprise.
  6. Network with other organizations and people to successfully implement innovative sustainable operating practices and policies.

Cutting Edge Capital’s Jenny Kassan and Scott Collier will be speaking at the event.

Go Local, Grow Local Conference @ Radisson Plaza Hotel - Downtown Minneapolis
May 8 @ 6:30 pm – May 11 @ 12:00 pm


The Go Local, Grow Local conference is designed to offer you specific actions that will yield tangible results for your organization, community or business. Presentations are brief and provide practical guidance while setting the stage for dialogue and action. You’ll be a participant, not just an attendee.

If you’re engaged in (or looking to start) a buy local campaign, economic development work, Main Street program, Chamber of Commerce, other work supporting independent businesses or operating one, you’ll find this a valuable and unique event.

Cutting Edge Capital’s Michael Shuman will be a featured speaker at the event.

Women of Crowdfunding – Google Hangout @ Google Hangout
May 14 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

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Devin Thorpe is an author and advisor who focuses on helping those doing good in the world.  As a Forbes Contributor, he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing.

On May 14, Jenny Kassan and six leading women in crowdfunding will join Devin for a 45-minute Google Hangout.

2014 Social Enterprise Business Conference
May 19 – May 21 all-day

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The 2014 Social Enterprise Business Conference will be a forum for discussing the application of emerging investing models to social causes. The conference will focus on strategies ranging from Social Impact Bonds to partnerships in investment ventures. The conference will feature several of the country’s leading experts on Social Enterprise, Social Investments, and Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations (L3Cs).

Jenny Kassan will be speaking on a panel about the legal aspects of investment crowdfunding.

CommonBound: Moving Together Toward a New Economy @ New Economy Coalition
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day


Everywhere today, people are experimenting with new ways to create sustainable businesses, share knowledge and resources, and build resilient and democratic communities. From many people and places, a common vision for a new economy is gaining the momentum and power necessary to transform the system.

CommonBound: Moving Together Toward A New Economy is a conference of the New Economy Coalition. The conference will bring together a diverse group of the new economy movement’s most energetic thinkers, practitioners, and newcomers. Conference participants will share practices, tools, and stories; highlight achievements; and create an environment that propels existing work and powerful innovations forward.

The event includes:

*  A network of more than 600 diverse participants from all around the world
*  40 interactive workshops on themes like worker ownership, community wealth building, environmental justice, and building grassroots power
*  Keynote speeches and panels from some of the  movement leaders
*  A facilitated, conference-wide strategic planning session to help move participants toward transformative action together
*  A “Share Fair” showcasing new economy organizations, projects, and ideas
*  Open networking space and social events

Cutting Edge Capital’s Jenny Kassan will be on a panel about re-creating access to capital for new economy businesses.

12th Annual BALLE Conference 2014
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

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Are you a Mission Driven Entrepreneur? A Social Entrepreneur? A Food Systems Advocate, a Policy Maker or simply passionate about the new local economy? Then join the CEC team at the 12th Annual BALLE Conference, 2014, right here in Oakland where key conversations will take place around Localism. Critical areas that interest you will be explored under the conference  theme – Prosperity for All. Cutting Edge Capital’s Jenny Kassan will be Leader in the Room for the Financing Resilient Local Economies conversation.

Sierra Business Council 2014 Conference @ Granlibakken Resort
Oct 8 – Oct 11 all-day


Sierra Business Council presents three days of conversations, new ways of thinking about old issues and creative models for bringing about large scale social, economic and environmental change in the Sierra Nevada.

The 20th Anniversary Conference in Lake Tahoe will ignite and inspire innovation and action to build and sustain flourishing Sierra communities.

The conference will bring together a lineup of thought leaders and practitioners who are designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions to the most difficult social and environmental issues of our time.

Tracks for the Conference include:

• Examining critical Sierra issues and exploring best practices for leveraging water and forest resources for economic and environmental good

• Exploring ways to advance innovation in rural communities

• Skill-bulding workshops designed to equip regional leaders with the tools to measure and move the needle on triple bottom line efforts

The conference will explore the evolving opportunities and challenges in creating, measuring and implementing sustainable solutions to local and Sierra-wide issues.

Cutting Edge Capital’s Jenny Kassan will be speaking on a panel about impact investing.

Local Money
Oct 10 – Oct 13 all-day

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