DO GOOD SUMMIT is an one-day, intensive, interactive conference for entrepreneurs, innovators, small business owners, advocates, and change makers who believe in the power of doing good AND doing well. Workshops, panels and speakers teach entrepreneurs how to run successful businesses that have steam-lined, innovative operations with a focus on having a positive social and environmental impact.
Attendees will experience a mix of traditional and innovative conference platforms, hands-on breakout sessions, inspiring local, regional and national speakers and a wide array of networking opportunities designed to grow their business.
DO GOOD SUMMIT participants will:
- Join a diverse network of like-minded people through Think Local First DC and get access to year-round events and opportunities;
- Develop skills relevant to starting, owning, and growing a small business;
- Learn about trends and share best practices in DC and more broadly, and how you can benefit from the localist movement.
$99 for Think Local First members and non-profits
$199 for non-members (includes TLF membership)
$49 for students
ATTENTION WARD 8 BUSINESSES/ENTREPRENEURS: Courtesy of a subsidy from ARCH Development Corporation, 20 discounted tickets are available for the special low price of $49.99 and include a Think Local membership! Discounted tickets are limited. To get your ticket send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a promo code.
Day of expo spots are available. Please contact Stacey Price for more information. In addition to the day-of networking, attendees will be invited to a pre and post networking reception.
2013 WORKSHOPS @ DO GOOD SUMMIT
WORKSHOP SESSIONS I
Designing, Producing and Selling: Made in DCThe goals of the MADE in DC Merchant program is to get more MADE in DC products into our brick-and-mortar retailers. In this session learn from the best in the local biz how to package materials, find retailers, and join this new initiative from Think Local First DC.
Growing Retail in DCFind strength in solidarity. Come together in this roundtable discussion about issues facing retailers in DC, and what we as a group can do to make doing business in the city better.
When to Choose the Underdog: Business Growth in Underserved NeighborhoodsBreak out of the mold by learning from local pioneers who have been some of the first to build or re-build in places that others have considered too risky. Learn about the benefits and challenges of building your business in unfamiliar neighborhoods.
Benefit Corporation WorkshopBuilding a social enterprise and want to embed your values into your business classification? Learn about how becoming a Benefit Corporation can benefit your business.
Financing EntrepreneurshipIs the only thing between turning your passion to profit financing? Learn about partnerships, initiatives and programs that help to fund new business growth.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS II
Evolution of a Business: When Closing a Location is the Good ChoiceNo one wants to be a quitter, but sometimes the smartest business decision is knowing your expiration date. Learn from seasoned business owners that have made hard decisions in order to evolve successfully.
Crowdsourcing and Community DevelopmentWant to build community? Engage them. Learn examples of how crowdsourcing can enhance your neighborhood and build new business.
The Art of Story Telling: How Your Narrative SellsThis session will address how to craft a brand, culture and narrative that will feed the souls of both your workforce and your customers. You’ll leave with ideas from the best local examples on how to craft a powerful vision and deliver in a way that builds a committed following inside and outside your walls.
Art of Giving Good ServiceExemplary service is an integral component of any successful business. Learn more about the art of satisfying customers so that your business can build a good reputation and thrive.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS III
Green To Grow: Leveraging Trends in SustainabilityBeing sustainable, or focusing on your “triple bottom line” can mean better business in more ways than one. In this session, find ways to make your business stronger through the newest trends in going green to grow your green – from cutting costs to finding new ways to market the new ways you are “doing good”.
Placemaking: Using Experience to Build BusinessDoing good business isn’t just about what you sell, it’s about the experiences you create. Learn from experienced placemakers and how they take advantage of their unique spaces to build stronger relationships with their customers.
From Cloud to Capital: How Steamlining Your Operations Effects ProfitLearn specific ways to implement new technologies and business strategies that will streamline and reduce your operating costs. Leave this session with new ideas on how to use Cloud-based Accounting Systems; Employee Time-tracking, Project Management tools and other cloud based technology that will eliminate waste of both time and money.
Smart Growth: Growing Your BrandIf there's one thing that's consistent in today's independent business world, it's rapid change. Learn how you turn one enterprise into multiple, keep your local roots all while growing successfully.
Crowdfunding Your Business GrowthWhat is crowdfunding and how can you use it to not only raise some capital, but engage your customers in a new, exciting way? Learn from experts in the field and business owners with first hand experience in this session on creative funding and how to make your business grow.
Engaging Community to Build Your BrandBuilding strong partnerships can be the key to building a strong business. Local leaders will explain how they’ve found the right partners, created strong relationships, and used their contacts to their best advantage.
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