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Hello and welcome to the 2012 Upstate Cooperatives Summit—a project of the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and held at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 South Salina St, Syracuse NY.
Thank you for your registration, we very much look forward to coming together in cooperation this Saturday March 31 between 10am and 5pm. We have almost maxed out our total registrations capacity and look forward to a full house! There's lots of info contained in this email to make our event together a fun success, so read it thoroughly and expectantly ;>)
Doors will be open at 9:30am on Saturday for attendees to arrive and get settled in. Our program will start promptly at 10:30am with a welcome and our Opening Keynote Speaker Steve Dubb from the Democracy Collective at the University of Maryland who will speak about the big picture of cooperatives and reflect on his experiences with worker coops and the Evergreen model in Cleveland Ohio. You won't want to miss this opening speaker.
For the rest of the schedule, please visit http://cny.coop/schedule
Lunch will be served to everyone in attendance. There will be a vegan/vegetarian option for those who indicated such on their registration. Coffee and tea will also be available through out the day. Food will be catered by David Thomas' Catering on South Salina and will include roasted chicken, red beans & rice, collard greens, tossed salad, and corn bread. Strong Hearts Cafe will be providing vegan sandwich trays and cookies. We will be busing our own dishes, cups and mugs in true cooperative style. To reduce the work required in this arena, please feel free to bring your own refillable water bottle and travel mug for hot drinks. In the spirit of cooperation with our only Earth, we encourage you to leave any disposable bottles on the shelf.
Once we have served ourselves, we'll settle in to listen to our Lunch Keynote speaker Lisa Stolarski from the National Cooperative Business Association, who will speak about funding cooperative development technical assistance in urban areas. You won't want to miss this one either.
Thank you to our sponsors.
Our Cooperator Level $100 Sponsors are Cooperative Federal Credit Union, the Southside Community Coalition, the Syracuse Real Food Co-op, the Nickel City Housing Co-Op, and a donation in honor of the Syracuse Cultural Workers.
Our Table Level $20 Sponsors are ACMG Credit Union, Bread and Roses Collective House, Dream Freedom Revival, and Big Idea Bookstore.
Tables, for sponsors or those of you who registered for one, will be available on a first-come, first-served choice of spot location around the sides of the main meeting space. You can come in and set up starting at 9am. We'll also have one community table out for folks to post local/regional events and information, so bring your flyers or brochures.
A note about PARKING: "Please be considerate of Dunk & Bright customer parking. Park your vehicle only along the side of the Innovation Center or in the rear parking lot. On street parking is also available. Please leave the main front parking lot available for Dunk & Bright customers."
We'll end the day with a fantastic, enlightening, and inspiring performance by the Dream Freedom Revival from 4-5pm. Dream Freedom Revival is a secular, participatory tent revival dedicated to modeling the democracy and freedom it advocates for, and to creating and performing excellent original music as an invitation to deeper discussions and action about the local issues that affect people's lives.
But don't let the cooperative fun end there. After leaving the Summit, we're encouraging folks to visit a community beacon ArtRage Gallery at 505 Hawley Ave in Syracuse for the opening night exhibition of RESOURCED/response http://ArtRageGallery.org/resourced —The Art of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative & Syracuse University Fiber Arts. The Justseeds Cooperative illustrates the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. The Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance.
If you have the energy and ability, we have a few tasks that could use volunteers on Saturday for which slots have not been filled. Set up, registration table staffing, coffee and tea oversight, dishes, take down/cleanup, and streaming video could each use a person or two. Just let us know. I can't think of much more at the moment. The wheels are turning for a transformative Saturday here in Syracuse. Please contact Frank Cetera if you have any questions, comments or concerns leading up to the Summit.
Lastly, Summit attendee John Lam from Rochester took the initiative to set up an online conference networking portal for the event at http://lanyrd.com/2012/cnycoop/
You can sign in with Twitter, and as the website says "Get more out of conferences. Track what's going on during the conference, even if you aren't there. Who is tweeting what, what links are doing the rounds. Use our useful mobile version to decide what to go to next. Easily discover slides, video and podcasts from conferences you attended or tracked. If you spoke at an event you can build up your speaker portfolio of talks you gave. See what your friends are going to or speaking at, find conferences near you or browse conferences by topic."
Frank Raymond Cetera
Certified Business Advisor
Onondaga Small Business Development Center at OCC &
The Northside Urban Partnership
800 N Salina St, Syracuse NY 13208
31st March 2012