Opportunities in Local and Regional Foods Conference 

Tuesday, March 29th 8:00am - 12:30pm

"We've got the whole world in our hands..."

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Tuesday March 29, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
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SIU Edwardsville - 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026

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Admission $25.00

Veterans Discount Code = MILITARY


  • Patrick McKeehan - SBDC/SIUE
  • Cynthia Haskins - IFB
  • Colleen Callahan - USDA
  • Matt Harris - USDA
  • Pam Dierks - Dierks Farms
  • Greg Brumitt - Active Strategies
  • Lauren Pattan - Old Bakery Beer Company
  • Kathleen Logan Smith - So IL Farm Beginnings
  • Ron Tanner - Entrepreneur
  • Blaine Bilyeu - Papa's Pasture
  • Eric & Crystal Stevens - Grow Create Inspire

This may be your only occasion in this area to participate in a comprehensive overview of the trends and opportunities in local foods from people who live it. 


Ron Tanner 
Confluence Business Advisors - Market Fresh Network 


What is it and who should attend?

Above are photos from last year's first conference held at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.  From the left Cynthia Haskins, Patrick McKeehan, and Colleen Callahan (this year's sponsors and speakers) presented and answered questions from nearly 100 guests.

Our speakers are investing in the local foods ecosystem. If you are restaurateur, entrepreneur, food or beverage producer, farmer, economic or community developer, banker or investor, military veteran, government official, or community leader register now!  You will learn of useful resources, resilient environmental benefits, and listen to case studies that describe real-time experiences with markets, marketing, grant funding, business planning, revitalizing communities, the Homegrown by Heroes program for veterans, training workshops, innovation, and visions of emerging opportunities. 

Learn What's NeXT!  Ask questions and meet-up with others trying to find their place in the local food economy.

Refreshments and Conference materials included