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Portland B Corps Show Up to B Inspired & Binspire at the 2019 B Corp Champions Retreat

by Karen Lickteig, Marketing & Sustainability Director at Nossa Familia Coffee
& Communications Chair for B Local PDX

Every year, the B Corp community of the US & Canada gathers together at the B Corp Champions Retreat. Last week, the 2019 B Corp Champions Retreat was held in Los Angeles, California. Our Portland B Corp community showed up in force for the event, with over 40 employees representing more than 20 Oregon B Corp companies attending.

Day 1 of the B Corporation Champions Retreat was full of building community, connections and knowledge. We learned about the importance of supporting inclusive and regenerative economies, and how B Corps are at the forefront of this movement. We heard an inspirational talk by Rose Marcario, CEO of Patagonia, about how B Corps can lead the way toward being the change they wish to see in the world, and building a regenerative economy that prioritizes people and planet alongside profits. We capped off the day learning about B Lab’s new initiative, the SDG Action Manager (launching January 2020), and identified what Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) our companies will prioritize.

Day 2 of the Retreat was all about collective action. We know that we are stronger and better when we work together rather than working alone. We also know that solving the most complex issues of our time will require interdependence, rather than independence. We learned about and honored the incredible movements of B Corps and aligned organizations acting together to do things like dismantle white supremacy (Dismantle Collective), educate on the B Corp movement (B Academics), promote more women-owned & -led B Corps (#WeTheChange), and take action on the climate emergency (B Corp Climate Collective). And last but not least, B Locals like ours were recognized for the power they have to bring companies together in our local communities and regions!

We left feeling inspired and fueled with the knowledge that we are heading down the right path. Finally, the announcement was made that for the next Champions Retreat we will join with our global community of Sistema B in Mexico April 2021! Onward, B Corp Community! Let’s get to work. 💪

Highlights from our August B Learning Event

We gathered at Ecotrust’s Billy Frank room for the August B Learning Lunch to learn how to run effective meetings. At the previous lunch in July, Suzanne Coffman, Senior Business Advisor & Insight Activator at Trebuchet Group shared the different types of conflict and how to harness it for better results. Healthy conflict should be present at effective meetings.

B Corps Featured in Oregon Business Magazine: "Good Is The New Green"

Our Oregon B Corp community was spotlighted in this recent article from Oregon Business Magazine. The author, Eriak Bolstad, examines how being “sustainable” or “green” in the business realm has now come to mean much more beyond environmental responsibility. Interviews include Christian Ettinger f Hopworks Urban Brewery, Karen Lickteig of Nossa Familia Coffee and Cameron Madill of PixelSpoke.

Highlights from our January B Learning Lunch

Highlights from our January B Learning Lunch

At the January Learning Lunch, we came together as a community to share the results of the recent 2019 B Local PDX Community Survey. Over 75 individuals met at Ecotrust to help inform future programming for B Local Events. We had small group discussions and shared our 2019 goals and the current challenges we face in our organizations and community.

Jobs at Certified B Corporations: Why You Should Build a B Corp Career (via Mac's List)

Jobs at Certified B Corporations: Why You Should Build a B Corp Career (via Mac's List)

Local hiring resource Mac’s List breaks down many reasons why job seekers should take a closer look at working for mission-driven Certified B Corporations when conducting their job search. The desire for meaningful work often steers many people in the direction of the nonprofit sector, but B Corps can be a great alternative for a socially impactful career. Working at a B Corp offers a unique opportunity to grow your career and make a difference.

B Corp™ Store Pop-Up Shop Opens at the Lloyd Center for the Holidays

B Corp™ Store Pop-Up Shop Opens at the Lloyd Center for the Holidays

Holiday shoppers in Portland are getting a new concept store to purchase their gifts from this year: a B Corp™ Store, the first of its kind in the world. The store is a pop-up shop located inside of Lloyd Center Mall, as part of the Lloyd Local Initiative. Officially called the Certified B Corporation® Store (though visitors might hear ‘B Store’ for short), the shop showcases and sells products sourced exclusively from Certified B Corporation® companies.

Highlights from our November B Learning Lunch

Highlights from our November B Learning Lunch

At our November B Learning lunch, we heard from Lisa Cox from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, along with representatives and interns from New Seasons Market and Nossa Familia Coffee, about the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE). OASE is an internship program administered by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, funded through a grant from EPA. This non-regulatory and voluntary program invites Oregon businesses to host a free, full-time, ten week intern to conduct onsite sustainability research at their businesses.

Reflections from the 2018 B Corp Champions Retreat

The North American Certified B Corp Community gathered from September 25-27 for the 2018 B Corp Champions Retreat: Building the B Economy in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was an inspiring couple of days learning about the “B Economy.” We are all involved in creating a more inclusive B Economy, which is built by everyone who works for, buys from, invests in, learns or teaches about, or supports businesses striving to create a shared and durable prosperity for all. It is comprised of Certified B Corps, Benefit Corporations, social enterprises, and other types of businesses united around a principle of using business as a force for good. The Champions Retreat was a great reminder that while our movement has incredible momentum, we also have a lot of work to do.

Baking as a Force for Good: Grand Central Bakery is Now a Certified B Corporation

Baking as a Force for Good: Grand Central Bakery is Now a Certified B Corporation

Grand Central Bakery is poised to enter its 30th year by becoming the first Northwest bakery to earn B Corp Certification, joining a movement of other businesses using Business as a Force for Good. Values are at the heart of the company and sustainability touches everything – from where the bakery buys ingredients to how it cares for employees and invests in communities. Founded in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, Grand Central currently operates seven bakery-cafes in Portland and three in Seattle.