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The Local Economy Summit Comes to Vancouver

Enter to win free registration (even accommodation) and be part of two great days of learning and networking.

By Michelle Hoar 14 Jan 2013 | TheTyee.ca

Michelle Hoar is Director of Publishing and Advertising at The Tyee.

What can local and regional governments do to support the growth and sustainability of locally-owned businesses?

What can citizens and consumers do to help grow the 'local first' movement?

How can businesses meet their customers' demands for more locally-sourced products?

How can new entrepreneurs connect with government and other financial support systems to grow and thrive?

These and many more questions will be food for thought at the upcoming Local Economy Summit, presented by CUPE B.C.'s Ten Percent Shift project. Want to be part of the conversation, sharing each others' ideas and best practices from around Canada and beyond?

Keynote speakers & Agenda

Wednesday, Feb. 13, evening

- Keynote talk by Michael Shuman

- Moderated by Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun columnist

- Reception with local west coast food and drink

Thursday, Feb. 14

- Local west coast breakfast and lunch

- Plenary discussion with a wide range of local first advocates: economic development experts, locally elected officials, financial institutions, policy experts, entrepreneurs etc.

- Release of a new study by Civic Economics, commissioned by the Ten Percent Shift, on B.C.'s retail economy, breaking down locally-owned versus chain multinationals.

- Keynote by Linda McQuaig

Michael Shuman is the author of Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. He is also director of research for Cutting Edge Capital, director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. He holds an BA with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Linda McQuaig: Journalist and best-selling author Linda McQuaig has developed a reputation for challenging the establishment. She is author of nine books on politics and economics ­including six national bestsellers ­such as Shooting the Hippo (short-listed for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction), The Cult of ImpotenceThe Trouble With Billionaires, All You Can Eat, and It's the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil and the Fight for the Planet. Her most recent book, co-authored with Neil Brooks, is The Trouble With Billionaires.

First-ever study of BC's local business impact

Pulling from Statistics Canada information, a detailed survey of B.C. businesses, and comparative trends in other studied communities, Civic Economics will be releasing the results of a study that projects the impact on the B.C. economy of a 10 per cent shift towards local purchasing across a wide variety of sectors.

Sign me up!

From Jan. 14 to Jan. 23, you can enter a contest for passes by clicking here.

Or if you want to make sure you get a space, register right away by clicking here.

And if you haven't made the Ten Percent Pledge yet, give it a whirl here.

The Tyee is proud to be a media sponsor for the Local Economy Summit. Make sure to visit our booth there!  [Tyee]

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