Invest Local Week is September 17-21, 2012

Special Pick!

, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Sept. 17, 2012 — Sept. 21, 2012


What local investing solutions currently exist, and what’s on the horizon?
How can we increase the capital that stays in our local economy?

Learn about and help develop local investing solutions in Sonoma County.

Financial professionals, investors, business owners and community leaders are invited to Invest Local Week. Participate in tours of local business incubators, presentations and discussions by experts in local financing, and a ground-breaking all-day Invest Local Conference at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa.

Download the Invest Local Week flyer and schedule here.

Download sponsorship information for Invest Local Week here.



Learn from and share ideas with other entrepreneurs and innovators. California Stock Exchange founder Howard Leonhardt will lead tours and discussions at local business incubators including the Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project, the North Bay Innovation Hub, the Share Exchange, and the Science & Technology Incubation Center. Amy Cortese, award-winning journalist and author ofLocavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it, will speak at multiple venues to provide a national perspective. A special round-table discussion Thursday with Howard, Amy and local nonprofits will explore ways to creatively leverage our existing local resources.

Monday, September 17, 6-8pm at the Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project
500 North Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 * 707-861-3390 *
Tour & discussion at the Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project with Howard Leonhardt, where business incubation program supports emerging and existing businesses in the Sebastopol area.

Tuesday, September 18, 12-1:30pm at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95405 * RSVP to Andy Schexnaydre at (707) 575-6932. $20 luncheon cost.
Award-winning journalist and “Locavesting” author Amy Cortese speaks at Rotary Club lunchtime meeting.

Tuesday, September 18, 6-8pm at the ShareExchange
531 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 * 707-331-6850 * $5 suggested donation.
Tour & discussion at the Share Exchange with Howard Leonhardt, founder of the California Stock Exchange, and David Rose with Unified Field Corporation, a model for sustainable community partnership banking.

Wednesday, September 19, 5-6:30pm at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Santa Rosa, Inc.
1011 Hahman Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 * 707-542-3249 *
Tour and discussion at the Boys and Girls Club with Howard Leonhardt. Join other innovative nonprofits and entrepreneurs to brainstorm ways to leverage resources right around us to strengthen our community and economy.

Wednesday, September 19, 7-8pm at Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village
775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 * 707-538-8938 *
Award-winning journalist Amy Cortese talks about her book ‘Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it’, generates discussion about possibilities for our community, and offers a book signing.

Thursday, September 20, 11-12 at Science & Technology Incubation Center at University of Northern California
1304 Southpoint Blvd, Suite 101, Petaluma, CA 94954 * 707-331-1110 *
Tour & discussion at the STIC with Howard Leonhardt. STIC actively promotes the transformation of original faculty and student research into practical and marketable devices to benefit the healthcare community.

Thursday, September 20, 2-3pm at the North Bay Innovation Hub at SoMo Village
1300 Valley House Drive Suite 100, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 * 707-794-1240 *
Tour & discussion at the North Bay Innovation Hub (iHub), a regional economic development collaborative, with Howard Leonhardt.



At Friday’s Invest Local Conference, financial professionals, investors, business owners, and community leaders are invited to learn about options and new alternatives in investing locally, and coalesce into an inspired network to put local investing into practice.

Friday, September 21, 8:45am-4pm at the Flamingo Hotel
$40 pre-registration / $60 at door / $100 Locavestor sponsorship. Lunch included.

Conference registration/sponsorship at

8-8:45am             Registration and coffee
8:45am-12pm:     Speakers Howard Leonhardt, Amy Cortese, and Jenny Kassan.
                            Local Banking panel, including Summit State Bank and Community First Credit Union.
12-1pm:               Lunch onsite
1-4pm:                 Three facilitated breakout groups co-facilitated by the morning speakers, covering:
                            *Near-Term / Existing Solutions (with Local financial institutions and advisors)
                            *On the Horizon Solutions (with Amy Cortese)
                            *Creative Long Term Solutions (with Howard Leonhardt)

Eventbrite - Invest Local Conference


About the Organizers:

Invest Local Week is a collaborative venture of The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Santa Rosa, CoIgnite, and other community members.

About the Speakers:

Howard Leonhardt - Howard is an inventor and serial entrepreneur, founder of the California Stock Exchange, helping small companies, musicians, writers, artists and film makers to raise funds to pursue their dreams.  Howard’s goal is to create 23 million new jobs in a decade.

Amy Cortese - Amy is an award-winning journalist who writes about topics spanning business, finance, food, wine and travel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York, Business Week, and the New York Times, among other publications. Her recently published book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), draws upon her experience covering these diverse realms to explore how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

Jenny Kassan - Jenny is the CEO of Cutting Edge Capital. Jenny has over fifteen years of experience as an attorney for and creator of social enterprises.  She has raised funds for and launched a public space cleaning and maintenance business, a landscapers’ cooperative, and a public market.  She has extensive experience with direct public offerings, nonprofit-for-profit joint ventures, cooperatives, and creative financing tools.  She has a law degree from Yale and a masters in city planning from U.C. Berkeley.



Sept. 17, 2012 — Sept. 21, 2012