Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.


Communities Shifting: Simple Choices Yield Environmental and Economic Benefits


Communities Shifting: Simple Choices Yield Environmental and Economic Benefits

April 4, 2012, Phoenix, AZ — Sustainable Communities AZ foundation organizes its inaugural event to be held at Paradise Valley Community Center, May 9, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This is their first community gathering with others to be held quarterly at various locations throughout the valley of the sun.

This event titled “Clean Living at Your Home” brings in experts to share information about common household products, services and environmentally friendly choices that are available to everyone.

This free, two hour event will include three knowledge filled presentations on environmental concerns and options for cleaning supplies, pest control and drycleaning. All the topics will be presented in easy to understand format with plenty of time to ask questions throughout the event. In addition there will be over 15 booths with local businesses providing information on their respective environmentally conscious products and services.

“It is a challenging situation right now. We often see advertising that promotes “environmentally safe” products or services, only to find out that some claims are not true (called “green washing”) or that the product simply does not work. With our busy schedules, people have less time to do their own product and company research, which leads to some consumers giving up on trying to do the right thing” explains Dan Fogel, Chairman of SCAZ. “SCAZ looks to change all this by doing the research and providing an avenue for consumers to find legitimate, high quality, environmentally safe products and services.”

Sustainable Communities AZ is an Arizona non-profit founded on the premise of being a resource to individuals in Arizona who are interested in living a more environmentally conscious life, but might not know where to begin. “Sustainability is providing for the needs of today without compromising the ability to provide for the needs of tomorrow. Many people don’t realize that they play an important role regarding the environment, the local economy and that sustainable choices often save money”, says Bill Clay, founder of SC-AZ.

About Sustainable Communities AZ Foundation:
SC-AZ is an Arizona non-profit organization that connects Arizona communities to sustainable living by sharing knowledge, encouraging partnerships and inspiring change. The connections are formed through a grassroots approach which allows Arizona communities and local environmental organizations to flourish.

Sustainable Communities AZ foundation
Contact: Bill Clay, Dan Fogel
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