2013 Provender Conference

2013 Conference Details

Provender Alliance, which began in 1977, is a non-profit membership organization providing networking, outreach, and education to natural foods and related companies doing business in the Northwest.

The Annual Provender Conference provides a fun, cooperative atmosphere for members to teach and learn from each other and to network about the heart & soul and nuts & bolts of natural products business in a nontrade show setting.


"Cultivating Change Through Intentional Relationships"

October 2-4, 2013 Hood River, OR

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2013 Provender Conference Keynote Speakers and Bios:

Wenonah Hauter

Reforming the Foodopoly:

The safety of our food and water impacts our lives, the lives of our family and of our communities life every single day. That safety is precarious at best. A handful of companies with tremendous political clout control every step of food production. The foodopoly prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store. This hijacking of our food system, from farm to fork, is making Americans fat and sick. As individuals, as caretakers, as members of communities, we need to understand what has happened and work together to build the political power to fix it.

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From Grassroots Activists to Changemaking Entrepreneurs:

How Purposeful Relationships Create a Better World

Meet the social visionaries behind the brands you know and trust. These leaders began with an idea about how to make things better, either with food, supply chain or working conditions. Their stories are about creating mutually rewarding relationships with compassion, appreciation and accountability that their core. Through innovation and trust, these companies are changing business practices in ways that take care of people, the planet, and the bottom line.

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Thank You to our Sponsors!


This Provender Alliance Annual Educational Conference scholarship honors an individual who is:

• Actively involved in his or her community

• Expanding that community’s knowledge   about the role of diet and nutrition on   personal and planetary health

Interested in hearing more?
Click HERE for more information.

There are work trades available. Don’t be shy about asking!


You can download the application below. Please contact the office for more information (888) 352-7431.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Worktrade Opportunites
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2013 Conference Schedule and Workshop Details:

Wednesday, October 2nd



Register here

7:30 AM-10:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

8:00-8:30 AM
BREAKFAST SERVED For Intensive attendees only

8:30 AM-5:30 PM
CATEGORY MANAGEMENT INTENSIVE
Details

1:00-2:00 PM
LUNCH SERVED For Intensive attendees only

2:00-6:00 PM
HOOD RIVER WINE TOURS
Details

2:00-6:00 PM
LEED CERTIFICATION and TURTLE ISLAND
Details

6:00-8:00 PM
DINNER (pizza, salad, and beer)...

8:00-10:00 PM
and a MOVIE
The Greenhorns


Thursday, October 3rd



7:30 AM-5:00 PM
REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN

7:00-7:45 AM
EARLY MORNING ZUMBA

7:30-9:00 AM
BREAKFAST SERVED

8:30-10:00 AM
AM KEYNOTE EVENT

Reforming the Foodopoly | Wenonah Hauter
Keynote Details

10:30 AM-12:00 PM WORKSHOPS: SESSION I

A Conversation with Wenonah Hauter
Speed Networking
Manager Roundtable
The Distributor’s Dilemma
State Your Case
Alignment and Movement: Creating a Successful Strategic Planning Process

12:00-1:30 PM
LUNCH SERVED

12:45-1:15 PM
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

1:30-3:30 PM
WORKSHOPS: SESSION II

Strengthening Accountability
HACCP for the Uninitiated
Dirty Dancing: How to Get GMOs Labeled
Collaboration for Sustainability
Bring Home Actions to Engage in the Broader
Sustaining Quality: Manufacturing Practices and Certification in the Natural Body Care Industry

4:30-7:30 PM
CHAIR MASSAGE


4:30-6:30 PM
MEET YOUR MAKERS Invite | Contract

This is the third year of Meet Your Makers, a tabletop event specifically designed for our manufacturer members to tell you their stories and sample their wares.

7:00-8:30 PM
DINNER SERVED

7:30-8:00 PM
BOARD CANDIDATE FORUM

Four candidates for the Provender Board will address the audience stating their background and excitement to be part of the board.

8:00-8:30 PM
SILENT AUCTION BEGINS

8:30-10:00 PM
DESSERT RECEPTION & GAME NIGHT

Friday, October 4th



7:00 AM-2:00 PM
REGISTRATION

7:00-7:45 AM
EARLY MORNING ZUMBA

7:30-9:00 AM
BREAKFAST SERVED

8:30-10:00 AM
KEYNOTE EVENT
From Grassroots Activists to Changemaking Entrepreneurs: How Pur- poseful Relationships Create a Better World | Equal Exchange, Hummingbird Wholesale, Maggie’s Organics, and Organic Valley
Keynote Details

10:30 AM-12:00 PM
WORKSHOPS: SESSION I

Back to the Future: Designing a Process for Future-Oriented Thinking
Affordable Care Act Overview
Communicating Through the Ages: How to Connect with Multi-Generations
Munch the Crunch
Growing Organic Food, Fiber and Farming: A Public Private Effort

12:00 -1:30 PM
LUNCH SERVED

1:30-3:00 PM
WORKSHOPS: SESSION II

Explore Your Type
Building Food System Champions
How to Talk to Your Customers About GMOs
How Fully Committed Brands in the Fair Trade Movement are Leading the Way
Reliability: The Human Dimension of Productivity, Part I

3:30-5:00 PM
WORKSHOPS: SESSION III

Flex Your Type
Employee Benefits: Thinking Outside the Box to Build Employee Loyalty
5 Things Your Business Should Measure to Pursue Sustainability
Reliability: The Human Dimension of Productivity, Part II
Secrets of Chocolate Revealed

5:30-7:30 PM
DINNER SERVED

7:00-7:30 PM
(after dinner) ANNUAL AWARDS
The 21st edition of our awards where we celebrate outstanding contributors to Provender and our industry.

7:30-8:00 PM
LOGO ITEM RAFFLE

The logo item raffle drawing will be held. You, or your proxy, must be present to win. Please bring a logo item from your business to add to the drawing. Proceeds go to the 2013 worktrade fund.

8:30 PM-12:00 AM
ROCK THE CONFERENCE

LATE NIGHT POKER

Saturday, October 5th



8:30 AM
CLOSING CIRCLE

9:00 AM-12:00 PM
PROVENDER BOARD MEETING
CONFERENCE WRAP-UP MEETING


Additional Information:

Alcohol:


Alcohol consumption must be limited to designated times and locations. Please respect the alcohol policy as well as other guests staying at the Hood River Inn.

Smoking:


The Hood River Inn is a non-smoking facility. No smoking of any kind is allowed in the rooms. There are several covered areas outside designated as smoking areas.

Volunteering:


There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at the conference. We are always looking for an extra pair of hands for a variety of miscellaneous tasks. Please indicate on the registration form if you are willing to be a volunteer.

Accommodations:


Sending an odd number of people from your business but still want to share a room? Let us know and we can help find you an appropriate roommate.

Family Accommodations:


The rooms have either one or two queen beds or one king bed. Children under 13 stay in adult’s room at no charge. There are some suites at the hotel. Call the hotel for availability.


Other Accommodations:


If you would like other sleeping accommodations, there are several comfortable bed & breakfasts, motels and hotels available. You will need to make your own reservations.

Recycling:


All of our publications and handouts are printed on recycled paper using soy based inks. There will be recycling boxes for paper and name tag holders. We will also have containers available throughout the hotel for other recylable items.

Snacks and Beverages:


All snacks are donated to the conference. Royal Blue Organics will offer coffee plus an espresso cart. Proceeds from coffee beverages and specialty drinks go to the worktrade fund. Bring your own mug!

Airport Pickup and Dropoff:


Shuttle service is available for $90/per trip each way. Please send us your itinerary so we can make the arrangements for you. This is a special offer only available through Provender and not through the shuttle service.

What to Bring:


Suggestions: Swimsuits for the pool (it’s a salt water pool and will still be open), water bottle, coffee/tea mug, cold weather/rain clothing, sensible footwear, money to buy souvenir Provender logo items or to bid on silent auction items, paper and a writing implement for notes. Also bring anything you want to put on the “Free Literature” tables, hats and/or costumes for Meet Your Makers and the dance party. Remember to bring an item with your company’s logo item for the raffle.

Questions? Contact Provender at (503) 859-3600 or email us at info@provender.org.