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SFTA Webinar - Financing for Innovation
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PDT)
Join SFTA for our webinar on Financing Innovation. While the return on investment for sustainability has developed a good track record for costs saving, improved operations or efficiencies and increased brand value – the HOW isn’t as obvious. This webinar will look at various approaches to financing for sustainability and what types of ideas are out there for your business to be thinking about to invest in sustainability or get your idea off the ground.
One Pacific Coast Bank is not your typical bank. The Mission of One PacificCoast Bank, FSB, is to build prosperity in our communities through beneficial banking services delivered in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Listen to CEO and Founder Kat Taylor on their perspective of understanding sustainability and working to explore solutions where other funders may have roadblocks.
Carrie Ferrence is the co-founder & owner of Stockbox Grocers: an innovative grocery store aimed at improving access to fresh produce, grocery staples, and meal solutions in food desert communities. Since last summer, they have raised more than $300,000, to launch a prototype and their first store, through a variety of sources, including online crowdfunding, loans, grants, and charitable donations. Carrie will speak to the pros/cons of this financing approach for a small business and address how their experience continues to shape their financing plan and long-term development.
Kat Taylor - Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, of One PacificCoast Bank
Kat is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she focuses on beneficial banking services and food systems.
Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, are the Founding Directors of OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation, a triple bottom line Federal Savings Bank in Oakland CA. OneCalifornia Bank lends in low-income communities to support local economies and job creation.
Carrie Ferrence – co-founder & owner Stockbox Grocers
Carrie originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, where she was raised by a 4th-generation corner store owner. While rural life provided her with a strong foundation in social equity, hard work, and long hikes, Carrie discovered her true path by way of a diverse and meaningful career in international development, construction salvage, and education. She is co-owner of Stockbox Grocers, a miniature grocery that improves access to produce, grocery staples, and meals in food desert communities. Carrie brings to her work more than 10 years experience in strategic planning and retail management for small business, and advocacy for non-profits.
Sustainable Food Trade Association
Sustainable Food Trade Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping the organic food trade transition to more sustainable practices and raise the bar across the food industry.
Our members include organic producers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers across North America. We help members improve performance, communicate results and drive wider change through networking, education, consult and shared metrics. Our "Declaration of Sustainability in the Food Trade" provides a common framework for benchmarking performance and progress.