Guest Speakers

The biennial Go Local, Grow Local Conference is coming to Minneapolis May 8-11 and many outstanding speakers visiting the region also will be available for presentations and workshops immediately before and after the event, including Stacy MitchellMichael ShumanBecky McCrayCraig TaylorLaury Hammel and Jeff Milchen. In many case, this will greatly reduce the normal cost.

A few of the most popular speaking topics are here. We urge any group engaged in or starting a pro-local business initiative to contact us regarding underwriting currently available through American Express OPEN for community trainings.

See AMIBA’s Main Speakers and Workshop Facilitators

Guest Conference Speakers Available for Early May Events in Upper Midwest

Michael Shuman

Michale-Shuman-2Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored or edited eight books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition, received a bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He helped co-found Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries.

Becky McCray

Becky-McCrayFor Rural Audiences: You’ll hear best practices that work in small towns, examples from small towns today. The best of our wisdom confirms what rural audiences already know, but maybe weren’t sure about. It’s validation that our experience in valuable.

For Small Business Owners: The Small Town Rules come straight from the challenges and successes of my own small business, as well as those around me in small towns. In a small business, there is no room to hide. The Small Town Rules bring out the most important factors to succeed in a time that makes every small business especially vulnerable and potentially powerful.

Most members of AMIBA’s Speakers Bureau also will be available various dates before or after the conference.

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