Public Affairs Series: Sustainable Specialties and Reusing Resources: The Business of Recycling - SOLD OUT!

Public Affairs Series: Sustainable Specialties and Reusing Resources: The Business of Recycling - SOLD OUT!
. Please Note --> This is a Past Event!! .

Date: 4/12/2017
Time: 11:30 AM TO 1:00 PM

Minnesota State Fair
Heritage Center
1841 West Dan Patch Avenue
Falcon Heights, MN 55113

(651) 223-5000

Event Description:

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Join us to learn about the business of recycling. Hear from a panel of women in the recycling industry on their business models (how do they make money by recycling?) and the importance of sustainability. Jennifer Cavalier, Day Training and Habilitation Work & Recycling Manager for ProAct, Amanda LaGrange, CEO of TechDump/TechDiscounts and Devi James, Owner and General Manager of Scrapbusters will give us their insight on running recycling businesses. To borrow from a former Public Affairs Series speaker, “your feel good moment from recycling a water bottle means nothing if there is not a market to back it up.”


Jennifer Cavalier - Day Training and Habilitation Work & Recycling Manager for ProAct

ProAct, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with over 40 years of experience providing individualized life enhancing vocational and personal growth opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges. With over 10 years of experience working and training individuals with disabilities and other barriers on work skills at ProAct, Inc. Jennifer has led ProAct’s recycling efforts since its inception in August 2012 through a partnership with the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Jennifer has educational background in Psychology and Business Management from Metropolitan State University.

Amanda LaGrange - CEO of Tech Dump/TechDiscounts
Amanda LaGrange is the CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts, the linked e-waste recycling, refurbishing, and retail social enterprise that creates jobs for people facing barriers to employment. Amanda helped to found Tech Dump as a board member in 2010, joined the organization’s team as the Director of Marketing in 2013, and was named CEO in 2015. She has testified before the Minnesota Legislature on the Right to Repair and has been recognized by The Minneapolis - Saint Paul Business Journal as a Top 50 Women in Business and as a Titan of Tech. An Indiana native and proud millennial, Amanda graduated from Indiana University.

Devi James - Owner and General Manager of Scrapbusters
Devi James is the owner and general manager of Scrapbusters, a demolition contractor and appliance & electronics collector. Her journey with Scrapbusters started five years ago since her true passion is in entrepreneurship.  Prior to that, she had an accounting career in the commercial real estate industry. Now she wears all the hats of a small business owner in construction; HR, Accounting, Admin, project management, bobcat operator and truck driver. Devi graduated with a BA in Business from The University of St. Thomas and is currently a member of the Association of Women Contractors. She completed the Women Venture Scale Up! Twin Cities program in 2016 with eight other women business owners and is on track to grow Scrapbusters exponentially over a three year period. In 2017, Devi expects to transition Scrapbusters from an electronics collector to recycler, which will in turn grow the company and create additional full time employment opportunities.

Brita Sailer - Executive Director of the Recyling Association of Minnesota
Brita has worked in the solid waste, recycling and conservation field for over twenty years serving local governments, business and educational institutions throughout Northern Minnesota.

Member Investment // $20
Non-Member Investment // $30
Includes networking, program and box lunch.

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Click here for directions to the Minnesota State Fair. The Heritage Center is located in the northwest corner of the Fair, on West Dan Patch Avenue, near the Grandstand. Enter the Fair on Como Avenue and Stevens Street. Turn right on Judson Avenue. Turn left on Liggett Street. Turn left on West Dan Patch Avenue and the Heritage Center is located on the right.

Click here for a map of the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, the Heritage Center is located at H 23. Free parking is available.

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