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Please grab some coffee and breakfast.

GSI Partners is an initiative of the


  • Rebranding: Complete!

  • Strategic Planning

  • Local Community of Practice

  • Training Funds

  • Business Participation

  • Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Closing

Rebranding: CompleteThank you!

Level 4 SBN Member HUMID Creative Agency


  • Phase I: Developing Leadership Perspectives

  • Stakeholder interviews (25) and executive focus group (1)

  • A few of the questions

    • What are the key elements of a robust local GSI industry?

    • What needs to happen for the region to become *the* hub of GSI innovation?

    • What needs to happen to better facilitate GSI being the driver for large scale job creation and business growth in the region?

  • Phase II: Creating a Shared Vision

  • A facilitated convening of 25 stakeholders to agree on a shared vision for the above questions

  • A survey to determine full range of stakeholders’ desired role for the GSI Partners

  • Phase III: Developing Action Plans and Accountability

  • SBN and GSI Partners staff develop actionable goals and metrics

Strategic Planning


Level 4 SBN Member Strategy Arts


Business-Informed Strategic Initiatives that the GSI Partners will implement over the next several years


  • GSI Partners = SBN Initiative

  • Local Community of Practice = GSI Partners Initiative

  • Convened May 2013


  • Grow leadership capacities for participants – individually, as a group, and for their businesses

  • Identify barriers for small businesses re: public and private GSI contracts

  • Develop recommendations to present to PWD re: improvements to process, policy, innovation and more

    So far:

  • Two 2-day/1-night retreats

  • Three 2-hour breakfast meetings

    Next Steps:

  • Report to PWD

  • Develop structure for ongoing dialogue with PWD

  • “Next Step Planning Meeting” for LCoP participants

Local Community of Practice:An ImmersiveFocus Group


8 small business leaders committed to GSI and growing their leadership capacities

Examples of Courses that have been funded:

  • Biofilters: A Natural Approach to Storm Water Pollutant Removal

  • Building Geodatabases

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Essentials for Land Surveying

  • Plant Disease Identification

  • Project Management for Engineers

  • Creating Design Storms for Rainfall-Runoff Models

  • Customized Sales Training

  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety

    - for info – [email protected]

Training Funds


Provide continuing education ops for biz and employees


$50k annually

- Up to $5k/biz/year -

Currently available for fall2013/spring2014= $25kCurrently accepting requests and updating course list

Current Partnership Status

Business ParticipationWHY:

To have a big impact, we need a big voice.

More voices together

= one big voice

So, more voices

= more better

Keep up the great work referring businesses to the GSI Partners.Let’s keep increasing the number of participating businesses AND strategizing balance of sectors

Upcoming Events and Activities

Visioning meeting

½-Day visioning meeting that will be facilitated by Strategy Arts to discuss the themes from the 25 stakeholder interviews, and envision how the GSI Partners will move forward.

Wednesday December 4th

8:30 am – noon


1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 1855, Philadelphia

SBN’s Business Directory is being updated with a section just for GSI Partners!

The 2014 SBN/Grid Sustainable Business Directory will include GSI Partners!Promote your business or non-profit to 30,000+ consumers interested in supporting businesses who care about profit, the planet, and its people.  The deadline to get included is October 30, 2014 so get listed today.

[email protected] to join us / get listed

Upcoming Events and Activities, continued

Coming in 2014:

  • New: Committees

  • New: Roundtable discussions

  • New: Workshop series

  • Ongoing: dialogue with PWD and other policy-makers

  • Ongoing: quarterly meetings

  • Ongoing: monthly newsletter

  • Ongoing: continuing education funds

[email protected] for info / to participate

  • Meeting Evaluation form

    • Thank you to Julie @ TTF Watershed Partnership and Globe Dye Works for graciously hosting us!

    • Next meeting Save-The-Date:

      GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting

      Tuesday January 28th, 2014

      8:30 am – 10 amLocation TBD

    • Who wants to host?

      Comments/questions/feedback on anything we talked about today?

      Anna Shipp @ 215.922.7400 ext. 107 or [email protected]