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2021 Small Business Opportunities

Plant Chicago is now accepting applications for our 2021 Circular Economy Leaders Network cohort! Are you a small business based in the Chicago area and interested in implementing circular economy practices? Read on to find out more about our Leaders Network, including how to become a member this coming year.


WHAT IS THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERS NETWORK?


Plant Chicago’s Circular Economy Leaders Network brings Chicago-area small businesses together to cultivate local circular economies. A local circular economy is one that regenerates natural ecosystems, minimizes waste, and strives to distribute economic and social benefits equitably.


Any small business (20 employees and under) based in the Chicago area and interested in implementing circular economy practices is welcome to join. Potential members include established small businesses, early-stage entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, and independent contractors.


WHY SHOULD I JOIN?


Members of the network will have access to the following opportunities as part of the network

  • Workshops & Skill Sharing Opportunities

  • One-on-One Project Support for Circular Economy Goals

  • Networking and Knowledge Sharing

  • Revenue Generating Activities

  • Amplification of your circular economy work through Plant Chicago’s robust communications channels


WHAT DO I NEED TO CONTRIBUTE?


  • Time: average of 1.5 hours per month to participate in workshops and networking events and one-on-one work Circular Economy project work

  • Information: information on your business’s events and offerings, plus data for specific research projects, like our annual Local Economic Impact Report

  • Suggested Contribution of $50 per business per year


I’M IN! HOW DO I JOIN?

  1. Complete the membership application below by Friday, January 15

  2. Complete an introductory interview with Plant Chicago staff (circular economy project/goal ideas and monetary contribution will be discussed during interview)