ASBC Teleconference with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson January 17th at 11:00AM EST

ASBC Newsletter December 2011

2011 was a year of great expansion for ASBC. The Council established itself as a credible and effective national organization able to engage on a range of policy issues. We now have 45 organizational members which in turn represent more than 100,000 businesses and more than 200,000 individual entrepreneurs, owners, executives, investors and business professionals across the United States. These diverse business organizations cover the gamut of local and state chambers of commerce, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business groups, local living economy groups, women business leaders, economic development organizations and investor and business incubators.

We secured an office space in D.C. to create greater access to Capitol Hill and the White House. Our October Strategy convening included several dozen meetings with Congressional offices and presentations from different agencies as well as the White House. The Council grew its team with the hiring of several additional staff, a PR firm and the involvement of interns. This issue of the Newsletter offers a summary of highlights from the year.

In all, ASBC has been able to effectively make the business case for a sustainable economy. As we scale up for a busy 2012, we welcome your financial support. Please consider making a donation to help us build a powerful business voice. We wish you a very happy holiday season and look forward to working together in the New Year.

Headlines:

ASBC Teleconference with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson January 17th at 11:00AM EST
ASBC Goes to Washington
Welcome New Partners and Business Supporters
Evergreen Cooperatives Joins ASBC!
Eileen Fisher Joins ASBC!
ASBC Working Group Accomplishments and Priorities—Summary
B Corporation
Campaign Finance Reform/Citizens United
Energy & Environment
Financial Reform
Healthcare
Regulations
Safer Chemicals and standards
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Economic Development
Taxes and Revenues
Recent Media
Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s Explains That When the Market Rules, The Big Guy Wins
Jay Cohen, Bart Houlahan and Andrew Kassoy of B Lab Listed in Forbes Impact 30
Electronic Recyclers International Hosts GSA Business Roundtable
Vince Siciliano on How the REINS Act will harm Small Businesses
Regulating What’s in Your Turkey Will Protect Your Health, Stephen McDonnell, Applegate
2011 Growth Aided by Smart Government Regulations
Calendar and Announcements
Social Venture Network’s 2011 Sustainable Products & Services Director
Blue Green Alliance—Good Jobs-Green Jobs Conference
BALLE National Conference—May 15–18, 2012

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