9th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference SEC 2014

The North Bay is a powerful and creative community brimming with opportunities for entrepreneurs with a bent toward sustainability.

And the Sustainable Enterprises Conference is the event that each year brings together the thinkers and leaders that are transforming the North Bay into a hub of sustainability and healthy living.

As Dr. Bill Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University and a co-sponsor of the Conference puts it “The SEC is an accelerator for sustainable businesses. It is a place where the business community comes together to not only explore new innovations in business practices, but also to create new connections and partnerships. It is the strength of this network that creates a strong and powerful value chain for sustainable businesses in our community.”

Listen to Nick Papadopolous whose business venture CropMobster got the boost it needed at SEC 2013 to win the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge and be featured in TIME Magazine and win a number of additional awards. “I can count at least 10 leaders or pivotal moments from SEC 2013 that have been instrumental to our early momentum and success.”

“Prior to SEC 13 we were wild-eyed innovators hustling to achieve that magic mix of support, resources, traction and luck that all start-ups struggle to find. It was tough, we felt a bit isolated, and, being in the first mover position, it was hard to find our entrepreneurial compass and roadmap,” says Nick.

SEC is the place to meet the people in business and government that you need to connect with. As Dean Silver puts it “There is no better program for understanding what the North Bay’s most exciting companies are doing, than the Sustainable Enterprises Conference.”

And Nick Papadopolous adds “Everyone I ran across, even the elected officials and “experts” from Google, Codding Enterprises, Mark Nelson and other world-class ventures took the time to listen and help. Many took tangible steps to help.”

And the help Nick got did not stop when the conference ended. “Dr. Bill Silver of SSU followed up after the conference with some serious horsepower in the form of advice, tips, days of work and further connections and within weeks, due to Bill’s help and the help of his SSU team, we were up on stage at the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge and took home 1st place out of 50 companies. After that it was game on and my company was born!"

"SEC 2013 gave us our compass, helped us grow a community around our vision and delivered a major return for CropMobster in the form of MOMENTUM. Now, one year in CropMobster has established its footing, our venture is starting to grow, we’ve been featured in TIME Magazine, the Commonwealth Club and have been honored with numerous awards. But what we are most proud of is that we haven’t sacrificed one bit on our commitment to bring sustainability theory down to earth and deliver daily economic, environmental and social value. That’s a high bar to reach, often talked about, but hard to accomplish. We wouldn’t be where we’re at today without SEC 13 and if tickets are still available don’t flinch, get yourself one” advises Nick Papadopoulos, Founder and CEO of CropMobster.

If you want to LEARN and PARTICIPATE in creating the Future of Business and Community come and join 300 community and business leaders such as Brad Baker, CEO of Codding Enterprises, Geof Syphers CEO of Sonoma Clean Power and Sheryl O’Laughlin, former CEO Clif Bar on April 30 at Sonoma Mountain Village. The fun starts at 8 a.m. and runs all day.

To attend: www.sustainableenterpriseconference.com

For more information, contact: Oren Wool: oren@contactsec.com