Attending the Connecting for Change Conference is a one of a kind experience. Everyone who attends takes something different from the experience, but something that everyone gains from the experience is the feeling that they are a part of a collective whole working to create positive change in the world.
Attracting over 3,000 people of all backgrounds, creed and class over a 2-day period, we strive to provide an eclectic mix of vendors – from solar panel providers to artists who use recycled materials – there is truly something for everyone at Connecting for Change. Our state-of-the-art exhibitor tents are not only open to conference attendees but to the general public as well, nestled strategically in the heart of New Bedford’s historic downtown district.
Here’s what a few of last year’s exhibitors shared about their experiences at CFC:
“The conference was a great way for me to get out there and educate & share [our products] with so many women who already knew the cosmetic industry needs to provide safer products... I wasn't sure what to expect but was very happy with the foot traffic...Our booth was jamming!"
- Dawn, BeautyCounter
“Thank you and the whole Marion Institute team so much for all of your amazing efforts organizing an OUTSTANDING and powerful 10th Annual Connecting for Change! [We were] reinvigorated by the energy at the conference and made a number of phenomenal connections while tabling on Friday and Saturday!"
- Ben, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE)
If you will be selling prepared food, you must have a permit from the City of New Bedford. If you are selling whole fruits or vegetables, you do not need to fill out the form, but if you cut any of the produce and distribute for samples, you must have a permit. Click here for the permit application.
For more information on exhibiting at this year's Connecting for Change, please contact:
Ava Anderson Non Toxic
Educating on the issue of non toxic living. Marketing non toxic products: home, cleaning, bath, body, family products.
BCC Workforce and Community Education Center
We will be featuring our Master Gardener Program with an 8 week Fall program and 25 advanced class offerings through next year.
Soil quality is directly related to the the quality of life on our planet. Worm composting is one way of enhancing soil quality by adding to its microbial community. Worm compost adds nutrients and supports water retention and plant immunity function. We make worm bins for school and home use, and present worm composting workshops.
Bristol Community College (BCC)
Bristol Community College is a comprehensive community college offering more than 120 career and transfer programs of study that lead to an associate degree in science, arts, applied sciences, and certificates of accomplishment or achievement. Students are able to transfer to many baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country.
Our open admission policy, affordable costs, liberal financial aid resources, and flexible class schedules put a college education within your reach. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and solid career preparation throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
Buzzards Bay Coalition
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.
Donnelly/Colt Progressive Resources
This is our 40th Year! Buttons, Stickers, banners, note cards, postcards, posters, organic cotton t-shirts, handmade peace wreaths, LuminAid™ solar recharageable floating utility light
Ebb and Flow Wellness
Here at Ebb and Flow . . . Wellness, we offer health packages or individual treatments specifically designed for each clients needs using Locally Grown, Organic, and Preservative Free products. Bringing the “Slow Spa Movement” to the East Coast, Ebb and Flow supports local businesses, going green, and feeding our soul what it needs. Who doesn’t LOVE fresh and local ingredients? Take time now to recreate a healthy mind, body, and spirit . . . . You Deserve The Best!
ecoRI News / ecoMass News
ecoRI News and ecoMass News are the journalistic arms of ecoRI Inc. and are dedicated to the advancement of environmental and social justice issues that impact Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They are devoted to protecting the neighboring states' ecosystems, natural resources and public health through independent journalism.
Entrepreneurship for All: EforAll
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact through entrepreneurship in mid-sized cities.
Expedition Education Institute
The Expedition Education Institute creates experiential learning communities that inspire informed and compassionate ecological leadership. In partnership with Marlboro College, EEI offers college and gap year traveling programs based in North American bioregions. Each semester has a focusing theme on either energy and climate justice, alternative economics and building communities, or sustainability in food and farming.
Great Cape Baking Co.
Handcut cider donuts, gourmet and artesian breads, tea cakes.
Westport - local raw honey!
Life's Epiphany is a regenerative design company. Regenerating the health of individuals as well as the health of our soils in order to increase the sustainability of our communities small and large. Our mission is to unlock the health of the mind-body-spirit and environment through education, awareness, and action.
Living Grace Family Chiropractic
Spinal Health Screenings are a critical component to educate participants about the effects of subluxation and demonstrating how chiropractic care may improve overall health.
The benefits from spinal health screenings in a number of ways like: provide people with a new understanding of wellness, empowering them to take control of their health, engaging and offering a fun way for them to learn more about the importance of nervous system health and the benefits of chiropractic care, and lastly, educating about the positive impact chiropractic care can have on overall health.
All within a non-invasive way. We set up our interactive, exciting display in your chosen area of your location. We suggest placing us in a spot where you'd like to draw in more customer attention.
Manomet believes people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Creating a thriving and prosperous world with finite resources is one of the biggest challenges of our time—most people will need to be part of the solution.
By applying science and engaging people, Manomet provides practical ways to act—where people live and work. A nonprofit grounded in science, Manomet champions better practices in conservation, business sustainability, and science education in the U. S. and internationally. As a result, Manomet is showing how we can create a sustainable future.
Marlboro’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs provide working adults with the skills and knowledge they need to advance their careers, lead thoughtfully, and meet the opportunities of an ever-changing and interconnected world. Our master’s and certificate programs in management and education are delivered by exceptional faculty in the context of a supportive, close-knit learning community. Programs blend intentionally small classes at our graduate center in Brattleboro with dynamic online learning to help students balance their work and life responsibilities.
New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund inspires, connects and support community volunteer groups who are working to create healthy, just safe and environmentally sustainable communities across New England. We offer seed funding, skills building opportunities and peer-to-peer information exchanges to build resilience.
Next Step Living
Offering home energy solutions, no cost Mass Save home energy assessments, NRG roof top solar assessments, high energy efficient windows, and community solar.
Norwex Independent Sales Consultant
Eliminate harmful chemicals in your home!
Improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes
Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, her office is an advocate and resource for the Commonwealth and its residents in many areas, including protecting consumers, combating fraud and corruption, protecting civil rights, and promoting meaningful economic recovery.
The Attorney General's Office offers a free, voluntary mediation service that tries to help resolve matters between consumers and merchants outside of court. The Attorney General's Office cannot require a merchant to participate in its voluntary mediation program. However, many businesses do choose to participate and as a result, our office is able to help many individuals resolve consumer problems.
Phoenix Composting Toilets
Phoenix Composting Toilets provide approved, safe, and effective aerobic stabilization of human waste for residences, public facilities, parks, schools, remote sites, and environmentally sensitive areas. Advanced Composting Systems, manufacturer of the Phoenix, is a dedicated green business that practices thoughtful energy and resource conservation strategies, and is soon to be a 100 percent off-the-grid manufacturing plant.
Glass- Fused work and torch work
Recycled bottles slumped and made into dishes and plates.
Marbles, pendants, mushrooms...
SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.
SEMAP believes that local agriculture is essential to the health and vitality of our community and our economy. Sustaining farmers and farm businesses, and expanding access to local food are at the core of our mission. We provide technical assistance to farmers, educate the community on the importance of local agriculture, work to increase the functionality of our region’s food system, and connect all people to local food.
SIT Graduate Institute
SIT Graduate Institute’s interculturally-focused master's degrees help students pursue meaningful careers in sustainable development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation, international education, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Programs are based on a commitment to social justice and intercultural communication. Full-time and online low-residency options are available.
SIT Study Abroad
A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT offers semester, summer, and academic year programs for undergraduate students in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations.
Employing an educational approach developed over 75 years, SIT encourages students to step beyond the boundaries of a traditional classroom to analyze and understand the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe.
SIT programs foster academic rigor, intensive cultural immersion, substantial community engagement, and an emphasis on field-based research.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse is pleased to sponsor the Values-Based Business Track at Connecting for Change this year.
SolarCity is America's largest solar power provider. We make clean energy available to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations at a lower cost than they pay for energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.
Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education
Sowing Solutions offers yearly Permaculture Certification Courses and Ecological Design Services in Western MA. The Permaculture Course is a unique opportunity to study alongside leading designers and educators from the northeast, while gaining hands-on ecological design experience to apply in any landscape.
Participants visit and learn from demonstration sites such as a world renowned ecovillage, a beyond sustainability home, and inspiring permaculture homesteads. This course is offered as an intensive summer course June 18th - 28th in 2016, or as a three weekend series in the spring or fall. This course is eligible for 3 college credits with the Five Colleges (optional).
We organize a local TED inspired TEDx event.
Mission: We Endeavor to Activate Regenerative Land Use Systems through Design, Build, & Education
Vision: to promote the social ethics of land care, people care, fair share locally & globally
The Humane Society of the United States
We're working on a ballot measure to prevent cruelty to farm animals and improve food safety.
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is helping our community to learn about sustainability through our research, academics, student engagement and operations. This year we are focusing on our UMD Grows initiative and operating a permaculture demonstration garden and how we can help share this knowledge within the south coast region.
Viridian is a socially responsible energy company providing cleaner energy choices at competitive prices. Viridian was founded with the vision to empower our customers and associates to make a measurable difference in the environment and their personal lives simply by switching energy providers. We offer affordable green energy, including electricity, natural gas, and solar. Power with Purpose!
At VisionWorks we are passionate about what we offer. As a values and vision-driven company, we work to make this world a more diverse and humorous place, to add to the meaning and richness of this life. The items we offer are carefully selected, and frequently changing. These are more than just more material products to us. We offer easy access to images of a changing world, and hope we can be your best source.
We organize volunteer groups in Guatemala and work with the Mayan Indigenous ....thus being said...our life in Guatemala is vary varied and our topics of discussion are very varied! We have handcrafts made by families we work with ..All proceeds go back to Guatemala are put to use in a variety of needed uses.....
Wishes4nature formerly known as Earthitis is an organization the raises money for environmental causes and education by selling unique jewelry. Our mission is to promote environmental awareness, preservation, and stewardship.