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By Amy Cortese, Locavesting

In nature, pollinators like bees take the pollen from one plant and spread them around to others, creating a fertile ecosystem for other plants and animals.  No higher authority cuts the bees a paycheck to pollinate—they do this naturally.  So a pollinator enterprise is, in my view, an economic development program that shares and spreads the best of what local businesses offer, creating a fertile entrepreneurial ecosystem.  And importantly, like bees, they do this naturally, as a self-finance business, without requiring subsidies from foundations or government agencies.

Read: Michael Shuman on Pollinators, Social Enterprise and Remaking Economic Development

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Monadnock Complete Economy Project

From the Local Economy Solution: By Michael Shuman

A “pollinator” is a self-financing enterprise committed to boosting local business.  Some pollinators are for-profit businesses, some are nonprofits, but all allow a community to undertake one or more of five key economic development functions — planning, purchasing, people, partnerships and purse — with far greater efficacy and at a substantially lower cost than typical, taxpayer-funded programs.  All of the following models deploy business frameworks that ultimately aim to avoid dependency on government grants or charitable contributions: 28 Models of Pollinator Enterprises

local-economy-solution-banner-300x182What Pollinator Enterprises are active (or in the works) in the Monadnock Region? Please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Here’s what we’ve gathered so far:

Planning Pollinators

Purchasing Pollinators

People Pollinators

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Michael Shuman, one of the nation’s leading experts on community economics and author of The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, will be the featured speaker at the Hannah Grimes Center’s annual CONNECT event, October 12, 2011 at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH.

An economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur, Shuman is Director for Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Shuman advocates that the key to community prosperity includes a vigorous network of locally-owned businesses serving primarily local markets. His point of view challenges traditional economic development practice.

“We’re thrilled to have a nationally known expert like Michael Shuman at CONNECT 2011” said Mary Ann Kristiansen, Executive Director of the Hannah Grimes Center. “We look forward to his discussion about how communities can build strong networks of locally-owned businesses that contribute to a vibrant community and thriving regional economy.”

Shuman is also scheduled to discuss local living economies as the featured guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange, at 9:00AM on October 11.

CONNECT 2011 will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 5:00 through 7:30 p.m., at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH. Everyone with an interest in the long-term economic health and vitality of the Monadnock region is welcome.

In addition, Roy Matheson of Matheson & Associates will be presented with Hannah Grimes’ 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year award at CONNECT 2011.

To register visit www.HannahGrimes.com. Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door. You may also call the Hannah Grimes Center at (603) 352-5063.

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Monadnock Buy Local wants to encourage all of our members to attend the Hannah Grimes CONNECT 2011 Event with Michael Shuman, one of the nation’s leading experts on community economics and Director for Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).  To make it more affordable, we are offering:

$10 OFF next year’s MBL Membership Renewal  
to any current members who attend CONNECT 2011

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View this checklist from Michael Shuman, Keynote Speaker at the Hannah Grimes CONNECT Event on October 12, 2011.  It features 27 ways that community members can localize their spending:

Small Mart Revolution Checklist for Consumers

*All the items can be at least cost neutral with careful shopping, but items with an asterisk actually can yield significant household savings.

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