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NYSSBC Update: October

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October 2014
“If passionate, sustainably minded business leaders are not at the table, only the voices of legacy, profit-at all costs business lobbies will be heard.”
– David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council (http://asbcouncil.org/)

Our legislators in Albany hear regularly from industry lobbyists who falsely pit jobs versus the environment and profitability versus valuing people. Now is the time for business leaders who believe in the triple bottom line – people, planet, prosperity – to take their leadership to the next level and organize. We hope you’ll consider becoming a member (http://nyssbc.org/join-us/) of our statewide alliance of business organizations and individual businesses.

NYSSBC’s leadership team (http://nyssbc.org/about/leadership-team/) is excited to unveil the new NYSSBC website and newsletter! Since our Southern Tier Regional Congress in June (http://nyssbc.org/notes-from-the-southern-tier-regional-congress/) we have been busy working behind the scenes. On the site (http://nyssbc.org/) you can now learn more about NYSSBC and its members, download our membership application and join, stay updated on our current and past priority issues, and navigate other resources for business leaders interested in sustainability.

Each month you can expect to find in this newsletter updates on NYS policy, opportunities for business activism, announcements of
NYSSBC activities, messages from our local, regional and national partners on relevant topics, and highlights of the amazing work of trailblazing entrepreneurs from around the state.

Stay tuned! And if you’d like to get involved or have any suggestions or questions, contact
Laura Ornstein (mailto:laura@nyssbc.org) (nee Niederhofer).

Hudson Valley Regional Congress (http://nyssbc.org/events/regional-congress-series/)
Thursday, November 6 6-9pm
BEAHIVE (http://beahivebzzz.com/) in Beacon

NYSSBC and Re>Think Local (http://www.rethinklocal.org/) want you to join us to discuss what issues you care about, hear stories of successful policy changes that have paved the way for sustainable business, help strengthen our statewide coalition, and influence the priority issues NYSSBC focuses on in 2015.

Confirmed speakers include Hudson Valley visionaries, Ajax Greene of On Belay Business Advisors (http://www.youronbelay.com/wordpress/) and Re>Think Local, as well as Ralph Erenzo, co-founder of Tuthilltown Spirits (http://www.tuthilltown.com/) . Join us afterward for a special tasting provided by Tuthilltown Spirits. Dinner will be available for purchas.
Learn more about Nov. 6 and the NYSSBC Regional Congress series here. (http://nyssbc.org/events/regional-congress-series/)
Send RSVP to laura@nyssbc.org (mailto:laura@nyssbc.org)

Help us grow!

If you have a friend or colleague who would be interested in our work or are part of an organization that relates to our mission, make sure they know about us!

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Member’s Corner

A very warm welcome to our new member, the Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network (http://creating.theseen.org/) , based in Ithaca!

The SEEN is a growing community of local and regional businesses, organizations, and individuals who recognize that a strong economy depends on the health of our people and environment. It is a program of the
Green Resource Hub of the Finger Lakes (http://www.greenresourcehub.org/) .

If you are in the Ithaca area, check out their event “Take a Stand” (http://creating.theseen.org/2014/10/october-23rd-take-a-stand/) on Thursday, October 23 from 5:30-8pm!

Partner’s Corner

ASBC’s 3rd Annual
White House Summit
November 12-14, 2014
Washington, DC

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with like-minded business leaders from around the country, have your voice heard by government leaders on key issues, and better understand the policy process. Applications for scholarships accepted.
Click to learn more! (http://asbcouncil.org/join-asbcs-2014-white-house-summit#.VD68V4eYbIU)

Take the Proud to be an American Business pledge (http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/proud-be-american-business-pledge#.VEZ9LIeYbIW) ! By paying your fair share of taxes you strengthen our economy and support America. Pledge not to abandon your community and your country by moving your business registration offshore to reduce your tax bill.

The New York State Sustainable Business Council (NYSSBC) is an alliance of business organizations and businesses committed to advancing a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy in the state. The organization will promote strategies and policies designed to build strong local economies, prioritize investment and innovation in clean technologies from green chemistry to renewable energy sources, and advance the development of sustainable communities in New York State.

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