Asheville Green Drinks is proud to host Slow Money NC’s Co-Founder, Carol Peppe Hewitt, who will discuss the importance of investing in our local foodsheds this Wednesday, October 26, and the Venture Local event the following day (see below).
Slow Money NC facilitates the making of low-interest loans to local, sustainable food and farming businesses, so we can bring our money back home to our community, and back down to earth. At the national level, the Slow Money Alliance is becoming a powerful force in financing a resilient economy that feeds its citizens healthy, safe, agriculturally-sustainable, locally-grown foods.
Carol Peppe Hewitt, business owner and life-long social activist, co-founded Slow Money NC in the spring of 2010 and got busy making loans. A dozen Slow Money loans totaling $50K+ are now at work fueling the local food economy in central NC. Carol connects individuals who share her commitment to building local sustainable food systems with local food entrepreneurs – farmers, bakers, processors, restaurant owners -- who have compelling needs for capital. Slow Money NC recently formed an investment club to help Chatham Marketplace, a coop grocery store that carries local foods, replace their loan from a faraway bank with a loan made by local investors at a significantly reduced interest rate.
For many years Carol led prejudice reduction programs in schools, businesses, non-profits, and corporations, and she brings that sensibility to her work in the local food movement. Carol was instrumental in starting the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival that brings over 6,000 people together twice a year for four days to enjoy a wide diversity of music, dance, food and fun. The festival has a deep commitment to sustainability, and Carol remains on staff running the popular “Coffee Barn.”
Growing up in rural northwestern Connecticut, Carol watched as one by one working farms disappeared. She now works to change that trend, guiding capital to small-scale farmers and the businesses that support them in North Carolina.
Socializing: 5:30PM Program: 6:00PM
Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville
GreenDrinks events have no admission charge.
Venture Local is a Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council Forum focused on local entrepreneurship opportunities across Western North Carolina. From food to fiber, energy to technology, and beyond, the WNC region is making great strides in cultivating thriving local businesses that create quality jobs. Venture Local will spotlight success stories, promote opportunities for new ventures, discuss best practices, and as all BREC Forums do, connect entrepreneurs with each other, investors and the resources they need to succeed.
Where: Asheville Renaissance Hotel
When: Thursday, October 27, 1-6pm (1-5pm program followed by a 5-6 farm-to-table reception)
Tickets are $20. Get your tickets now at www.venturelocalwnc.com
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