Vancity, in partnership with SFU Public Square, presented a morning event dedicated to building Business Innovation in the Local Economy where Vancity asked and businesses proved that values-based business is viable.

Thank you for joining us for thought-provoking insights from Michael Shuman on the Power of the Local Economy; getting practical tips through peer-to-peer presentations on Growing your Business by taking a values-based approach; and rolling-up your sleeves at interactive how-to sessions that promise no trade-offs when you Build your Bottom Line while Building your Community and the Local Economy.


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Event runs from 8:00AM to 12:00PM


Segal Graduate School of Business
SFU’s Vancouver campus
500 Granville St.

As a community credit union Vancity understands the power of local dollars. Our members’ deposits turn into member loans, so that more wealth gets invested, shared and spent in our communities. It’s called the local multiplier. And it creates strong businesses, communities and economies.

Business Innovation in the Local Economy acknowledges the powerful role Vancity business members play in creating positive economic, social and environmental impact in our communities. Thank you for joining us on October 23rd  to unlock the potential of networking, sharing and learning based on insights from local businesses and partners.

Takeaways included:

  • eBook on Building Your Business in the Local Economy
  • Prizes for Climate Smart scholarships to measure and master your carbon footprint
  • Prizes for Business Coaching to grow your business

Business Innovation in the Local Economy was one of two Vancity public engagement events raising awareness of values-based banking™ and a values-based approach to businessVancity’s Vancouver events added to a global series of engagement initiatives and social media activity focusing on the theme #BankingOnValues, as part of the first international awareness campaign of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). Vancity was the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the GABV.



Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets in New York City. He’s also a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute, and was a founding board member of the  Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books.  His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He regularly helps communities analyze economic “leakages” and job-creation opportunities from expanded “LOIS” businesses (locally owned, import substituting), particularly those linked to local food, energy, and finance. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in 47 U.S. states and eight countries. Michael teaches with Simon Fraser University's highly regarded Community Economic Development Program. Find our more:

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