In early 2009, the Green Resource Hub hosted a series of events focused on gauging local interest in forming a sustainable business network. They got their answer when a March visit by Holly Harlan of Cleveland’s Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) drew a standing-room-only crowd of highly engaged local business owners.
Over the following months, the Hub compiled input during public brainstorming sessions and strategy circles. Additional networking events and discussion panels were very well-attended and confirmed that the Finger Lakes Region was ready for its sustainable enterprise network.
In December 2009, the Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network (The SEEN) officially began its charter membership campaign, accepting pledges from local businesses, enterprises, and entrepreneurs. These charter members demonstrated their vision and leadership by committing to becoming The SEEN’s first paying members, and pledging to incorporate Triple Bottom Line thinking into their operations and thinking.
In 2011, the SEEN has begun hiring paid staff to support marketing and programming. Members continue to enjoy monthly networking events, Triple Bottom Line workshops are scheduled to begin in the spring, and the group is building an online presence around its new website, TheSEEN.org.
The SEEN continues to grow! February 2011, we broke all prior attendance records when over 120 people arrived to learn about and discuss the Finger Lakes Region’s local food system.