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SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

Plant Chicago is piloting the first local circular economy network for small businesses. If your small business is looking to engage in the circular economy, read on!

CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERS NETWORK
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Plant Chicago’s Circular Economy Leaders Network (CELN) brings Chicago-area small businesses together to cultivate local circular economies. A local circular economy is one that regenerates natural ecosystems, minimizes waste, and ensures that economic and social benefits are distributed equitably.


Applications for CELN 2023 are now open! Any small business 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.

To apply, please read this one-pager, which links to the application form. For any additional questions you may have, please email Elise, Plant Chicago's Circular Economy & Small Business Manager, at elise@plantchicago.org

CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SMALL BUSINESS TOOLKIT

Please fill out the fo​rm below to download a copy of Plant Chicago's Circular Economy Toolkit for Small Businesses.

2022 NETWORK MEMBERS
WHAT IS A LOCAL CIRCULAR ECONOMY?

A local circular economy is a collaborative practice sustained by the local circulation of materials, nutrients, knowledge, and economic value. Values of equity, transparency, diversity, and inclusion define its success.

In a local circular economy, business activities should regenerate natural ecosystems, minimize waste, and strive to make sure that economic and social benefits are distributed equitably.

Looking for more details on how businesses can participate in a local circular economy? See a more comprehensive list of circular economy-aligned business practices here.

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