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Thursday, October 13

Chris Dilley

People's Food Co-op

Chris Dilley has nearly two decades of experience with People’s Food Co-op, Fair Food Matters, and with building community around local food and agriculture. For the past thirteen years, Chris has managed the People’s Food Co-op through several evolutions including working with the community to fund and build a new home, and recently adding operations of local farmers markets to the PFC business.

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Monday, November 14

Ethan Alexander

Open Roads Bike Program

Ethan Alexander is the founder of the Open Roads Bike Program, a bicycle-centric non-profit organization in Kalamazoo.

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Past Events

Carson Wood

Carson Wood

Summer Traveler

Summer Traveler

Bridgett Blough

Bridgett Blough

Nancie Oxley

Nancie Oxley

Jim Coyle

Jim Coyle

Global Conference 2016 Videos

Global Conference 2016 Videos

Rene Meave

Rene Meave

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Patti Glaza

Patti Glaza

Erika Block

Erika Block

Laura & Ryan Vaughn

Laura & Ryan Vaughn

Mark Smutek

Mark Smutek

2015 Global Conference

2015 Global Conference

Chris Lampen-Crowell

Chris Lampen-Crowell

Ernie Pang

Ernie Pang

Jen Randall

Jen Randall

Daniel Jefferies

Daniel Jefferies

Kevin Romeo

Kevin Romeo

Charles Fierke

Charles Fierke

Jack Ahrens

Jack Ahrens

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Michigan’s First Female Winemaker: The Art and Science of Winemaking

It may seem that women enjoy drinking wine more than men, but when it comes to winemakers, it is a male dominated industry. The amount of women entering the field has been increasing. When Nancie Oxley became St. Julian Winery’s head winemaker in 2010, she also earned the title of Michigan’s first female winemaker in 2002 when she was hired.

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SG Kalamazoo: Patti Glaza (Invest Detroit) on The Value of “Smart Money”

Do you know the Golden Rule of startups? It's an easy one: the one that makes the gold, makes the rules. But does this always have to be the case when raising funds for your startup? 

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Orbiting Around the Local Economy In Kalamazoo

Why is food important to the local economy? Sitting in front of an audience for a Startup Grind Kalamazoo Fireside Chat on MayStartup Grind Kalamazoo 28, 2015, Erika Block, Founder of Local Orbit, stated that food is really about people, culture, and local community. During what began as a theatre project, Erika found patterns when listening to stories about the paths people were making. Erika’s ability to listen and realize patterns in a manner that connected people eventually made her decide in 2007 that the “theatre project” was greater than a project.

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