Entrepreneurs network, gain skills at L.A. Green Business Academy

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Earlier this month, Green For All partnered with the University of Phoenix to host a Green Business Academy in Los Angeles. The Academy is designed to give skilled business professionals and green entrepreneurs the tools they need to grow and succeed. During the daylong workshop, business leaders networked, learned about running and funding green businesses from other entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and gained skills in working with government agencies. 

Clando Brownlee, Founder and President of Go Green 4 Good LLC, an electronic waste recycling company, provided a moving keynote speech about his accomplishments and setbacks in building his green business. Clando swept us through the tale of how he created paid jobs for the youth in his community by volunteering to take them to events to collect recyclables. From there, Go Green 4 Good LLC continued to grow, and now hosts free public electronic recycling and community beautification drives to eradicate electronic waste from California’s landfills.

These panelists, and the green entrepreneurs at the Business Academy, are part of rapidly-expanding Los Angeles movement that is creating a better world through more responsible business. The L.A. region currently boasts the largest cluster of green employment in the United States. According to a Californians For Clean Energy & Jobs Network study, green jobs accounted for approximately 178,500 of the roughly 4.5 million employed people in the L.A. region during 2010.

The Los Angeles Business Academy was the 12th in a series of events that Green For All and University of Phoenix have hosted across the country to help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and prosper, with a focus on underserved communities. Scroll down for a list of speakers, as well as key resources shared by the participants. 

Panelists

Opening Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Panel: Business and the Government: Procurement, Incentives and Regulations:

Panel: Finding Capital in a Tight Credit Market:

Resources: Below are some of the resources that were shared during the Business Academy. Please feel free to suggest other resources for small or green businesses in Southern California in the comments section below.

1. Conscious Capitalism 

Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of Conscious Capitalism. We do so through transformative thinking, programs, events, and communities of inquiry.

2. Shiftalliance 

Shiftalliance® seeks to be the premier advisor for businesses wanting to enhance and design their next-generation business models using the lens of ‘meaningful value’ to generate meaningful, competitive enterprise.

3. Sustainable Business Council of LA 

The SBC is a non-profit organization which provides professional networking, mentoring, and educational forums to sustainable business professionals in Southern California.

4. B-Corp 

B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

5. SCORE 

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They are supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and volunteers, so they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost.

6. Small Business Development Council 

They offer 900 service sites that provide a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

7. LAEDC 

LAEDC’s mission is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. The LAEDC serves the 88 cities and more than 100 unincorporated communities of L.A. County through its free business assistance and attraction programs, economic research, fee-supported economic and policy analysis, and public policy leadership.

8. B-Revolution Consulting 

B Revolution’s team of expert advisors provides experience-tested advice and guidance on how to implement sustainable social and environmental impact practices to maximize revenues, cut costs, build brand equity, and, when necessary, solicit the right kind of capital.

9. Net Impact 

Net Impact inspires a new generation to use their careers to tackle the world's toughest social and environmental problems. We empower student and professional leaders to act locally though our vibrant chapter network and connect globally online and through our flagship conference.

10. Green Lava 

Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses.

11. Go Biz Program 

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance.  

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