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Slow Money Vermont to launch in September

Slow Money founder, Woody Tasch, to speak at Slow Money Vermont launch event to connect entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers and share vision for 21st Century Main Street investing to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region

Montpelier, VT – Local food entrepreneurs and investors in Vermont will have a new way to connect starting September 16, 2014. National Slow Money movement founder, Woody Tasch, Cheryl Devos of Kimball Brook Farm Organic Milk, and leaders of the Slow Money Vermont movement will trumpet the launch of the first Slow Money Network in Vermont.

Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect investors, philanthropists, individuals, and businesses interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont is being incubated by a task force within the Vermont Farm to Plate Network—Vermont’s statewide collaboration to strengthen the food system.

Vermont is a hotbed of local food enterprises and Slow Money Vermont is forming to complement the financing options available statewide to food entrepreneurs. Slow Money catalyzes the ability of individual investors to engage directly in their communities. Through events, network development, and outreach Slow Money Vermont seeks to increase the flow of knowledge and capital in support of VT food system enterprises.

The September 16 launch event will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers to learn about, network, and help shape the future of Slow Money Vermont. The free event will run from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in the Chapel at College Hall on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier. The event will feature presentations by Woody Tasch, Cheryl Devos, and Slow Money Vermont, and ample time for networking. Light refreshments will be served by local food business, Sugarsnap Catering, and a cash bar will be available.

RSVP’s are requested to inform food planning and parking for the event. Please contact Caitlin Jenness, co-chair of Slow Money Vermont at: ckjenness@gmail.com, (603) 620-3713. More information is available at the Slow Money Vermont Facebook page: www.facebook.com/slowmoneyvermont

The event is supported by Vermont Farm to Plate, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Flexible Capital Fund, L3C; Clean Yield Asset Management; Merritt, Merritt & Moulton, Sugarsnap Catering, Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, Localvore Today, Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and Chelsea Green Publishing.

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Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont is being organized through a task force connected to Vermont Farm to Plate—the statewide initiative to strengthen the food system. Slow Money Vermont aligns with the state’s Farm to Plate goals to increase investments and financial partnerships in food system enterprises. Individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in getting involved in Slow Money Vermont can learn more at: www.facebook.com/slowmoneyvermont